Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Even Hotels Chicago
18501 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(located in the same building as the Convention Center)
Monday, November 1, 2021 | 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Michelle Trujillo is passionate about igniting hope in schools! Through her writing, speaking and professional development workshops, she inspires readers, educators, students and their parents to recognize the power of love, connection, and social and emotional learning in the pursuit of academic achievement and productive citizenship. Michelle’s message of “starting with the heart” is founded on brain-based research, “in the trenches” experience and practical strategies. Her sincerity, enthusiasm and expertise are contagious and substantial. Named Nevada’s 2016 Innovative Educator of the Year, Michelle has appeared on television (including Oprah) and radio across the nation as a guest expert.
Although Michelle has dedicated her vocation to education, she vows that family always comes first! Her husband of thirty years and their two adult children fill her heart with joy and inspire her daily! Michelle’s new book, Start With the Heart: Igniting Hope in Schools through Social and Emotional Learning was released by Corwin in March, 2019. Her previous books include Why Can’t We Talk; What Teens Would Share if Parents Would Listen and Chicken Soup for the Soul presents Teens Talkin’ Faith.
ABOUT THIS SESSION: School Counselors serve their vocations with compassion, enthusiasm and wisdom. Even in the midst a global pandemic and social and racial unrest, school counselors have supported students, families and colleagues with empathy, patience, positivity and creativity. At the same time, serving in this role can leave one feeling professionally overwhelmed, under-resourced or emotionally and physically exhausted. This pre-conference session reminds participants that as school counselors, we are Ignitors of HOPE! Our students, their families and our colleagues need for us to serve in this role now, more than ever before. Yet, it is difficult to ignite hope in the lives of others when we are living in such challenging and uncertain times ourselves, especially when everyone else needs for us to be strong and supportive. Through this presentation participants will be inspired to sustain their role as Ignitors of Hope by leveraging their own social emotional learning (SEL) skills. During this workshop, attendees will learn (or review) the five competencies of social emotional learning as defined by the Collaborative of Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and explore how to practice and model SEL as vital skills that are foundational to sustaining the role and responsibilities that school counselors serve. Participants be empowered with strategies to put adult SEL and Self-Care strategies into practice the moment they walk away from this workshop.
Michelle Trujilio will also be presenting a breakout session.
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
SPEAKER BIO: A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including “the mighty” Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to recognition by U.S. News and World Report Magazine as one of America’s best high schools. Currently, Principal Kafele is one of the most sought-after speakers for transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America.
ABOUT THIS SESSION: Based on Principal Kafele’s best selling book, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success, Principal Kafele asserts that the various gaps in student achievement continue to rank amongst the most important discussions in education today. Equally important for educators is the continued lack of student motivation, undesirable student behaviors and apathy towards achievement across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines. In this high energy, interactive session, Principal Kafele argues that one of the greatest difficulties to closing the various achievement gaps is the overwhelming assumption that achievement is in fact, the problem. He says that the achievement gap is a consequence of the failure to adequately address what he calls, the Attitude Gap (the gap between those students who have the will to strive for academic excellence and those who do not) that continues to persist in American classrooms. Principal Kafele contends that unmotivated, underachieving children are actually “most brilliant and most highly capable” but their attitudes toward themselves, toward learning and toward the prospects for their futures are preventing them from striving to maximize their potential. He says that when educators therefore make the transformation of their students’ attitudes toward themselves, learning and the prospects for their futures a priority, the probability for their achievement increases exponentially! Principal Kafele will provide educators with strategies within a framework for closing the attitude gap toward the ultimate elimination of underachievement in their classrooms and schools. He will simultaneously challenge educators to look honestly within themselves toward ensuring academic success through the following: environment for learning, attitudes toward students, relationship with students, compassion for students and relevance in instruction.
Principal Baruti Kafele will also be presenting a breakout session.