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2019 Pre-Conference Sessions

Atlanta Pre-Conference Sessions will be held from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 18. The main conference will begin on at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

Wednesday, June 19th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Wednesday, June 19th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Boys are held back in school twice as often as girls. Boys also get expelled from preschool nearly five times more often than girls, and they are diagnosed with learning disorders and attention problems at nearly four times the rate of girls. Boys are more likely to dropout of school, and make up only 43 percent of college students. Millions of boys are being lost along the path to academic success and career achievement in today’s knowledge economy. Teacher bias regarding behavior, rather than academic performance, penalizes boys as early as kindergarten. On average, boys receive lower behavioral assessment scores, and those scores affect teachers’ overall perceptions of boys’ intelligence and achievement.

Rather than penalize boys’ high energy – as traditional classroom methods often do – successful teachers are learning to take advantage of male liveliness, curiosity and thirst for competition. Unless educators stop to consider whether traditional methods are working for both genders, boys will continue to get the short end of the educational stick.

This session will helps educators understand the structural, chemical and processing differences between boys’ and girls’ brains. It helps educators support boys’ developmental needs, while teaching them social /emotional competencies. Attendees will discover innovative strategies, as well as group and individual interventions, to help boys achieve their highest academic potential.

Learning Objectives:
In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Explain how boys’ brains work including the chemistry and structure.
  • Identify the differences in the ways girls and boys focus.
  • Recognize the role of hormones, specifically testosterone and dopamine
  • Demonstrate classroom strategies to support boys’ developmental needs
  • Contrast the difference between natural aggression and bullying.


About the Presenter:

Steph Jensen, MS, LPC is an award-winning author and international speaker recognized for her insight and understanding of relational aggression. She combines 15 years of practice in the fields of education and counseling with research, practical strategies and humor to address challenging behaviors and build positive relationships with kids. She has held positions as classroom teacher, education consultant and international speaker. She holds a master’s degree in clinical counseling, focusing her efforts on adolescent and family issues.

In recent years, Stephanie has applied her passion for adolescents to focus on the dynamics of relational aggression, social-emotional learning, and positive behavior interventions. She is the author of Thrive in the Hive: Surviving the Girl’s World of Good and Bad Relationship Bee-haviors, Mom’s Choice Award-winning Princess Priscilla and the Bully-Bee Day, Princess Priscilla and the Mood Ring Rainbow and her latest Princess Priscilla and the Great Beezilla!

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“Behavior is a Symptom” demystifies the common behavior problems exhibited in schools by first explaining WHY they occur and then teaching HOW to change them. This workshop will: share the precursors that lead to all behavior; inform on how to transform academic and behavioral outcomes; explain what leads to at-risk behaviors and why students repeat the same negative behaviors; and demonstrate how relevance and relationships impact behavior. In the end, attendees will learn what is being called “The New PBIS”!

Learning Objectives:

       – Identify key components for engaging and motivating at-risk youth and increased student retention.
       – Demonstrate innovative, non-exclusionary conflict resolution, classroom management and discipline skills.
       – Recognize underlying causes of student misbehavior.
       – Utilize the Outcome Progression Model
       – Differentiate between the four stages of discipline.

About the Presenter

Education success strategist and award-winning author Hotep Benzo is widely known for his proactive, “tough love” approach to education. He is a 15-year master teacher who developed a reputation for requesting the most troubled students and transforming them into willing participants in their own education. Hotep is the founder of Hustle University and creator of the MAKE A WAY program, a series of curricula used in more than 1000 schools throughout the U.S. His work has earned him nominations for the Presidential Citizens Medal and as a CNN Hero. He is also creator of the Outcome Progression Model, which is used to transform a mindset of poverty, excuse-making and helplessness into one of empowerment, resiliency and success! Hotep is the author of more than 14 published works (textbooks, workbooks, DVDs etc.) including 10 Things Every Leader Must Know, Bored of Education, Keep It Moving and Everything You Need To Know Before You Graduate.