Morning Keynote - Dr. Jodi Eastburg


More About Alverno College's Research Center for Women and Girls

Dr. Jodi Eastberg is a Professor of History and the Executive Director of Alverno College's Research Center for Women and Girls (RCWG). Founded in 1970, the Research Center for Women and Girls generates and applies research, develops curricula, prepares evaluation tools and conducts outreach for the purpose of supporting and inspiring initiatives to improve the lives of women and girls locally and nationally.  Eastberg will speak on the RCWG's most recent publication, The Alverno Report: The Status of Girls in Wisconsin, which provides a comprehensive snapshot of how girls are doing in our state. Printed copies of the report will be available for purchase after her talk for $15.

Afternoon Keynote - Benjamin Grignon


Meet the 2019 Wisconsin High School Teacher of the Year!

We are excited to announce our afternoon keynote is the Benjamin Grignon, 2019 High School Teacher of the Year. Grignon is a teacher of traditional Menominee Arts. He represents the Menominee Nation and approaches culturally-responsive education by using Menominee Language, Culture, and Art to promote and preserve tribal history as a pathway for future generations and positively influence the education of the youth in his community. We are excited to hear him share his thoughts on developing a culture and climate and fosters student resiliency and growth.

Morning Workshop Sessions


Prevention Matters: Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of Teen Suicide

Leah Rolando, MSW, Mental Health America of Wisconsin

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24, with one out of six students nationwide (grades 9–12) seriously considered suicide in the past year.  In this session, participants will learn about the warning signs of suicide and the steps educators can take to help develop a responsive school climate and culture. Experts in the field will be present to answer questions and provide valuable resources.

Numbers Game: Using Data Effectively to Drive School Climate and Culture

John Browser, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

In order to identify needed changes in school climate and culture, meaningful data needs to be collected and analyzed. In this session, experts in the field will show participants how current climate and culture data can be used to promote positive change in your schools and districts.

What Do You Need to Restore: Providing Anti-Racism Supports through Restorative Justice

Eugenia Highland, YWCA Madison

In this presentation, we will discuss our understanding of restorative justice philosophy as necessarily anti-racist personal and collective work that moves beyond interpersonal conflict to take on historical, institutional and peoples to peoples’ harm and how to engage in a journey of peoples to peoples healing.

Crème Brulee, Bubblegum, Berry Blast: Tobacco is Changing, Are You Keeping Up?

Nina Gregerson, Tobacco Free Columbia Dane County Coalition

Sarah Johnson, Public Health Madison and Dane County

Teressa Pellet, Stoughton Wellness Coalition

Did you know the data on nicotine use has changed over the years? Who is smoking and who is vaping? Why? We will discuss the latest tobacco and vaping use trends and you will learn about local strategies being used to impact the changing landscape.

College and Career Readiness: Preparing ALL Students to Postsecondary Success

Caitlyn Lomonte, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Significant barriers affect the retention of college students, including academic, social, financial, and personal challenges. This session will look at the issues facing students from underrepresented populations as they transition from high school to college and the effective college and career readiness resources that can help alleviate these challenges.

Disarming the Playground: Violence Prevention through Movement

Rena Kornblum, University of Wisconsin Madison

Research has shown that the body as well as the mind must be involved for children to develop cognitively and emotionally into healthy learners. Techniques to increase resilience and make peaceful social connections are essential for creating healthy children and safe schools. Participants will be introduced to the research-based curriculum, “Disarming the Playground, Violence Prevention through Movement”.  Topics to be explored include Self-Regulation techniques, multi-cultural uses of proximity, attunement, and anger management.

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Afternoon workshop Sessions


Sexual Violence in Youth: Prevalence, Prevention, and Response

Megan Murray, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault

In this session, participants will learn about sexual violence in youth. We will talk about prevalence, vulnerable populations, and what educators and other staff can do to prevent sexual violence and harassment in schools

The World In Your Classroom: What You Need To Know About Refugee Students

Mary Flynn, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Refugees are a microcosm of American society while presenting both unique challenges and bright successes. In this session, you will learn about the refugee journey to your classroom, stressors and challenges to both teaching and learning, and practical tools to connect with your students.when it comes to suicide prevention, warning signs to be aware of, and help understand the challenges facing students today. 

Time for the Talk: A More Inclusive Approach to Sex Education

Meghan Benson, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc.

While the number of sexually active adolescents in Wisconsin is declining and birth control use among sexually active adolescents is on the rise, rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for this age group are at an all-time high. Many youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth have worse sexual and reproductive health outcomes than their peers - not because they are engaging in riskier sexual behaviors, but because of a lack of access to culturally-responsive and inclusive sex education and related health care services. Learn about key topics to be included in sex education for adolescents and how school-based sex education can be designed to meet the needs of all students in the classroom.

Being Heard: Amplifying Student Voice

Dana  VanRenterghem, Iowa Safe Schools

The goal of creating a positive school climate and culture is to create a safe place for students to learn, and the best experts in gauging this are the students. This session will cover the subject of student voice and why including it in the classroom is an important part of the education process. Participants will be guided through the process of amplifying student voice, and be given ideas on how to help students find a voice to express their needs and interests, no matter the subject.

A Climate and Culture In The Midst of Trauma

Joby Holcomb, Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

Understanding trauma and how traumatic events can affect young people is essential when promoting recovery and resilience. In this session, participants will explore the resources available to help students who experience trauma and the ways the schools can support them. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in a safe and supportive atmosphere and get honest answers from an expert in the field of mental health.

LGBTQ+ 101: Inclusive Classrooms Embracing Sexuality and Gender Identity

Sawyer Johnson (they/them/theirs), GSAFE

Increasing numbers of K-12 students are coming out as LGBTQ+. How do educators support LGBTQ+ students in the classroom? What does LGBTQ+-inclusive policy and procedure look like for a school and its district? How does an LGBTQ+-inclusive school environment support a healthy school climate for all students, regardless of identity? Join GSAFE for a session with activity, dialogue, and practical tools for ensuring that LGBTQ+ students are safe at school.

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