Breakout Sessions

TEACH 2021 Breakout Sessions

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS I

9:35AM - 10:25AM


What Will Your Retirement Look Like?

Sponsored by VyStar Credit Union
ROOM CITY TERRACE 12 - Capacity 90

(All audiences) Learning Objectives in this presentation include covering the changing nature of retirement, what to expect and how to plan for it; encouraging investors to visualize their ideal retirement and consider the realities and roadblocks to retirement savings they may encounter; helping investors estimate living expenses and calculate how much they need to save to retire comfortably.

Johnny Beehner’s, AAMS, CRPC® love of the industry began when he was a client of a financial advisor in his 20s and early 30s. His experience as a client taught him that people need investing concepts simplified. He strives to educate his clients in simple terms without confusing jargon and offers ideas that would suit their individual situations. “I strive to live by the golden rule and I am thankful and humbled by the opportunity to work at VyStar Investment Services and be of service to credit union members” is Johnny’s motto.


Promoting Mental Wellness in Educators and Students: An Introduction to the On Our Sleeves Movement and Teacher Resources

Sponsored by Wolfson Children's Hospital
ROOM CITY TERRACE 11 - Capacity 90

(1-12) Dr. Varallo Sims will introduce the On Our Sleeves initiative, a national movement to break stigmas around children’s mental health. Various materials for teachers will be shared providing helpful classroom activities and resources to boost the mental wellness of kids in all grade levels and teachers.

Francesca Varallo Sims, Psy.D. is the Director of Education and Training for Baptist Behavioral Health. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Medaille College and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology at UF Health Jacksonville, in affiliation with the University of Florida College of Medicine.


Why Policy is Important in Education: An Equity Perspective

Sponsored by VyStar Credit Union
ROOM CITY TERRACE 10 - Capacity 90

(1-12) Policy is the drive behind every decision we make, large and small. Our students deserve advocates for fair and equitable education on every level of government.

Rhianna Scyster taught in Duval County Public Schools for 3.5 years and is currently a Student Data & Evaluation Manager for a local non-profit. She earned her undergraduate degree in Exceptional Student Education from the University of North Florida and is currently a graduate student at Jacksonville University, where she is earning her master's in public policy as a Minority Fellow for the university. She is also an inaugural fellow of the ampED National Fellowship for Black educators in policy, and a Boselli Teacher Fellow.


Facilitating Hope

Sponsored by WJCT Public Media
ROOM CITY TERRACE 9 - Capacity 140

(All grades) Hope at Hand is a nonprofit organization providing art and poetry sessions to vulnerable and at-risk youth populations. Using creativity, language, art, and therapeutic approaches, we facilitate healing and growth for children and adolescents.

Jamie Gustason, MSCIN, M.Ed. is an experienced educator and curriculum developer with a passion for facilitating healing and growth among at-risk youth populations. Jamie joined Hope at Hand at its inception in 2009 and has since facilitated hundreds of art and poetry sessions with participants ranging in age from toddlers to adults.


A Comprehensive Approach to Educating Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education

Sponsored by VyStar Credit Union
ROOM CITY TERRACE 8 - Capacity 90

(K-5) SLIFE is a concept traditionally associated with multilingual learners who have experienced interrupted education due to civil unrest or other factors prior to starting in our schools. With the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, all students have now experienced interruptions in their education. These interruptions have led to challenges academically and socially. Join us to learn more about how support for SLIFE can be implemented to help all students experience success in the classroom and beyond.

Matt Walker, M.Ed., BBA, EMT-B is a principal in Duval County who is passionate about educating the whole child. He currently leads a Title I school with approximately one-third of students in a dual language program with over 100 active ELLs, a behavior support program, and faces the same challenges of the “pandemic effect” that all schools are. In October 2021, Matt was recognized by the Florida School Counselor Association as the School Based Advocate of the Year. One of his goals is to shift the lens of thinking from meeting the needs of all children, to meeting the needs of each child.

Fawn Sweeney, M.Ed. has been a school counselor in Duval County going on six years and previously was an addictions counselor for five years. Fawn realized as an addictions counselor, the high need for preventative care in the counseling world and decided to go back to school to shift focus and educate our youth. Fawn graduated from the school counseling SOAR program at the University of North Florida and received her master’s degree in education for school counseling in 2016. Since that time, she has developed comprehensive school counseling at Beauclerc Elementary and enjoys every moment of her new career.


Academic Conversations: An ESOL Strategy that Empowers ALL Your Learners

Sponsored by WJCT Public Media
ROOM CITY TERRACE 7 - Capacity 140

(1-8) This session invites you to consider the benefit and the necessity of incorporating academic conversations into your classroom. By creating greater access to academic language, you increase students' capacity for communicating which increases student engagement and deepens understanding. Come learn simple ways to build a bridge from the language of your standards to the communication of your students.

E. Raine Araya is a National Board Certified Middle Childhood Generalist, who has been teaching with Duval County for the past 17 years. She is in her 6th year with the DCPS Dual Language Program as the 5th grade bilingual language arts teacher at Beauclerc Elementary.

Lorena Musta is a primary education certified teacher, who has been teaching with Duval County for the past 8 years. She is in her seventh year with DCPS Dual Language Program as a third grade Language Arts teacher at Beauclerc Elementary. Experiencing herself what it is like to be an ESOL student inspired her to pursue her degree in teaching.


The Happy Secret to Building Teacher Buy In

Sponsored by VyStar Credit Union
ROOM CITY TERRACE 6 - Capacity 90

(All grades) In this session, teacher leaders and coaches learn a framework that helps them identify their teachers' diverse learning needs. They are able to distinguish the different “levels” their teachers are on and identify strategies that would support those various levels. This gives teacher leaders and coaches a sense of agency in their ability to impact all teachers, no matter their teachers’ willingness to embrace challenge and change.

Becca Silver is the founder and CEO of The Whole Educator. She is a highly energetic and knowledgeable trainer who approaches leadership development with transformational coaching skills and strategies. Becca is a former educator, instructional coach, life coach and executive coach.

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS II

10:30AM - 11:20AM


FLVS: Empower Your Students by Taking a Look at our Virtual Education Opportunities

Sponsored by Florida Virtual School
ROOM CITY TERRACE 12 - Capacity 90

(1-12) FLVS is one of the world’s leading online learning providers that delivers engaging and innovative experiences so students can enjoy a safe, reliable, and flexible education in a supportive environment. Come learn more about us and how your students can benefit from utilizing Florida Virtual School courses.

Jimminda Thompson, M.Ed. serves as the Florida Virtual School District Relations Manager for Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia Counties as well as the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. Jimminda attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and continued to quench her thirst for learning by earning a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education.


Developmentally Appropriate Child Guidance & Discipline

Sponsored by WJCT Public Media
ROOM CITY TERRACE 11 - Capacity 90

(All grades) This session places a spotlight on providing all teachers with developmentally appropriate practices in child guidance. We can diminish inappropriate behaviors by providing our classroom students with appropriate opportunities during the traditional school day. Let us discuss strategies that promote the whole student's development while meeting their unique needs academically and behaviorally.

Guerino Terracciano, Ph.D. is a professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He is currently serving the learning community by providing academic instruction to postsecondary students. His work has focused on special education, classroom discipline, and child development.


Encouraging Discourse in Math Class

Sponsored by WJCT Public Media
ROOM CITY TERRACE 10 - Capacity 90

(1-5) Participants in this session will engage in activities that are designed to increase discourse in math class. We will also explore classroom routines such as accountable talk and "hands down conversations". Participants will leave with resources and activities that can be used in their classroom on Monday.

Lori Price has been an educator for over 30 years and currently teaches first grade in St. Johns County Florida. She was the 2020 St. Johns County Teacher of the Year and a 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Florida Finalist.


Restorative Practices: What It Is & Isn't

Sponsored by VyStar Credit Union
ROOM CITY TERRACE 8 - Capacity 90

(1-5) Learn how to build better, stronger relationships with your middle schooler(s) through restorative practices, and walk away with strategies to use at school to increase meaningful conversations. Educators will also observe and participate in a circle to build comfortability with the practice.

In 2018, after 25 years of combined service in the education sector, Claudine Miles, M.Ed. & Kimberlie Milton, M.Ed. launched an educational consulting company, Restore More. Restore More helps organizations build capacity with restorative practices, anti-racism, and social-emotional learning. Their vision is to teach people how to unpack their emotions; giving voice to the tough stuff to be their healthiest selves.


Strategies to Dismantle the Pipeline

Sponsored by WJCT Public Media
ROOM CITY TERRACE 7 - Capacity 140

(All grades) Presentation description (edited for space): The school-to-prison pipeline is one of our nation’s most formidable challenges. It is imperative that educators make the lessons relevant to disadvantaged students, drawing on and validating their experiences. Most important, we must consider how our own class biases affect our interactions with and expectations of our students. Craig’s trademark slogan, “GED to PhD” is a concrete paradigm that educators should never give up on any student.

Craig J. Boykin is known as one of the top minds when it comes to systemic poverty and student trauma in America. Craig is a seven-time author and former decorated Army veteran. Craig’s self-made success comes from his hustle, his grit and his relentless desire to never give up. Craig has coined the phrase, “GED to PhD.”


Learn to Teach Stress Management with Games

Sponsored by VyStar Credit Union
ROOM CITY TERRACE 6 - Capacity 90

(All grades) Learn how to teach stress management skills with games and play to make learning fun and engaging without stress. Learn easy strategies to repeat for your students and help yourself along the way. Learn causes, symptoms, and ways to relieve stress in this hands-on session. Practice will explore use for individuals and small groups. All participants will receive a booklet with self-assessments for students.

Grace Wilhelm, M.A is a counselor with over twenty years’ experience and presents on anger, stress, communication, data, and play therapy. Her awards include Duval School Counselor of the Year, Florida School Counselor of the Year, National School Counselor of the Year Semi-finalist, and DCPS Superintendent's Award of Excellence. Her published work includes books on anger, stress and play therapy techniques for schools.

Marcia Luettchau, M.Ed. has been a Duval County school counselor for over 20 years. She is an experienced multicultural storyteller of old fables and tales. She enjoys helping parents and students of all ages with stress relief, anger control, academic solutions, and reality checks.

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS

12:40PM - 1:30PM


It's a Money Thing: Financial Literacy for Students

Sponsored by VyStar Credit Union
ROOM CITY TERRACE 12 - Capacity 90

(TBD) Financial education, at an early age, helps to provide our students with the firm financial foundation the need to avoid many of the crippling financial issues we see today in adults and families. Students benefiting from this financial experience set the example of good financial health among their peers and carry this valuable knowledge with them into adulthood and future generations. Learn how VyStar has introduced financial literacy to thousands of students in 14 different high schools. “It’s a Money Thing”, a financial literary resource that teachers can use, will be offered “free” to session attendees.

Beth Hammond has been with VyStar Credit Union for 15 years. After working her way up through the ranks serving members from our Contact Center, she transferred to working in the Training Department where she got to spend the next 9 years training and assisting VyStar’s newest team members. Even before joining VyStar’s Academy of Business High School Program almost 9 years ago, Beth supported the program for several years as a trainer assisting students during their summer training classes. “The High School Program has always been my favorite thing that VyStar does. I just believe that what it does to equip the students who are in the program and to educate the students it touches in the community is wonderful. We’re pouring into the next generation; and that’s so important to do. It’s both humbling and rewarding to get to be part of that.”


Personalized Professional Development and Micro-Credentials 101

Sponsored by WJCT Public Media
ROOM CITY TERRACE 11 - Capacity 90

(Pre-Service Teachers/Early Career, All grades) Are you tired of PD that doesn't fit your needs and too often is just a waste of time? A personalized approach that utilizes micro-credentials is the future of teacher development and this cutting-edge approach is now available to educators across the country. Learn more micro-credentials and how you can take control of your own development right now.

Warren Buck, M.Ed. leads development and strategy for CTQ’s personalized professional learning partnerships. Throughout his career, Warren has focused on creating resources and supports that help educators develop expertise and lead from any position they hold. Prior to joining CTQ, he worked with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, where he created professional learning initiatives for principals and teachers in Duval County schools. Warren’s expertise in professional learning grows from 15 years as a teacher, principal and head of schools in Georgia and Florida.


Classroom Culture & Storytelling

Sponsored by WJCT Public Media
ROOM CITY TERRACE 10 - Capacity 90

(6-12, Pre-Service Teachers/Early Career) Our thoughts create our behaviors. We all have stories that we tell ourselves and others about why we do and don't do things in our life and stories about why a child may or may not behave the way we expect. When we identify what our story really is, we then have the opportunity to change it. This session will focus on how to skillfully re-tell our story so that we show up with positive behaviors and a growth mindset. This allows us to serve our students and our teams as the best version of ourselves. Additionally, participants will learn creative ways to make connections with students by empowering them to use their voices through storytelling.

Natalie Johnson, M.S. is a well being and culture professional who has worked with schools, healthcare systems and employers for over 30 years on how to create courageous cultures where people of all ages can thrive and show up as the best version of themselves. Through her experience in performance psychology, performance nutrition and exercise physiology she creates an experience where physiology, psychology and culture connect.

Ta’Vianna Sanders is a Duval County Public Schools principal and founder of Pearls of Perfection, Inc. a non-profit organization for girls. She has developed community-based programing and taught in the Jacksonville community for 15 years. Most recently she founded Torch Wellness, a company dedicated to providing social emotional support and therapy for families. Ms. Sanders is a graduate of Florida A & M earning a degree in political science/pre-law and holds a master’s degree in business administration.


Time-in: Trauma Informed Yoga in Your Everyday Classroom

Sponsored by WJCT Public Media
ROOM CITY TERRACE 9 - Capacity 140

(All grades) In this session, educators will learn practical tools for grounding and stress management to use both in and out of the classroom regardless of any experience or knowledge of yoga. These tools involve mindfulness techniques, embodied movements, and breathing exercises all from a trauma informed perspective.

Bonnie Currie, J.D., RYT 500, TCTSY-F is the co-founder of Lotus Yoga, a community-based yoga collab in Jax. Bonnie is a certified facilitator of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga and facilitates yoga and mindfulness to individuals in recovery through Yoga 4 Change & to individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries and their caregivers.

Jayme Hillyer, M.Ed., RYT 500 is a 500 RYT yoga instructor and full-time school counselor in Duval County. She has had 7 years of experience teaching yoga in various settings such as schools, detention centers, rehabilitation facilities, halfway houses, and others. She has also led workshops on bringing trauma informed techniques into the classroom for Teach for America, NYIT and for the nonprofit Yoga 4 Change.


Take Flight: Creating High Levels of Engagement for All Learners

Sponsored by VyStar Credit Union
ROOM CITY TERRACE 8 - Capacity 90

(1-8) A recent Gallup Student Poll of nearly one million U.S. students found that only half reported feeling engaged in school and a fifth reported feeling actively disengaged. This session will follow a highly engaging game approach used by Freedom Crossing Academy, a new K–8 public school. During this session, participants will use their imagination and learn about research-based strategies and high-energy teaching practices that can inspire creativity and student achievement on any campus.

Julie Haden is a first grade teacher at Freedom Crossing Academy in St. Johns County, Florida and was recently named a Finalist for Teacher of the Year for St. Johns County School District. On any given day, she can be found dancing on desks, using Skype in the Classroom, using music within her lessons, and incorporating a variety of technology tools with her students.


How to Build an Effective SEL School-Wide Curriculum

Sponsored by WJCT Public Media
ROOM CITY TERRACE 7 - Capacity 140

(6-12) Social-emotional learning is as important as ever and should be explicitly taught school-wide. Learn how to implement effective social-emotional strategies in your school from a whole school overview to practical tips to use in the classroom.

Brandie Neal, M.Ed. earned her master’s in special education with an emphasis on behavior and social and emotional education. She is currently a doctoral candidate, studying curriculum and instruction. Brandie has implemented a successful social and emotional based curriculum at Greenwood, where she has been an administrator for 4 years.


What RTI Looks Like in the Secondary Setting

Sponsored by VyStar Credit Union
ROOM CITY TERRACE 6 - Capacity 90

(6-12) The purpose of this talk is to provide ideas and suggestions on how to do RTI in the secondary setting. Not all students who need help will wind up qualifying for special education services, so we have to make sure that we are helping students make the expected amount of progress for the year. This talk is not about what RTI is - it will address ideas, suggestions and methods to work in the middle and high school setting to increase students success.

Betty Rowe has been an ESE teacher in the state of Florida for 15+ years. She has worked in self contained setting with EBD students and as a director of ESE at three schools in Jacksonville. Currently she is a varying exceptionality teacher in a middle/high school setting with many years of training in the area of RTI, positive behavior modification, mental health support, and instructional strategies to increase students success in the classroom.