ABSS STUDENT & FAMILY SERVICES

Thursday, December 15, 2022
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Trailhead Church
615 W Harden Street
Graham, NC 27253

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You are invited to attend!

You are invited to attend!

Student Support Services employees from Alamance-Burlington School System are invited to attend a day of training and inspiration with Natalie Spencer Gwyn who will be her session: Connecting the Dots: Advancing Equity is Schools Using a Trauma-Informed and Social Emotional Learning Framework. Come be refreshed and invigorated to continue the work you are doing. For the full schedule see below.

Also, all School Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, McKinney Vento staff, and Mental Health Specialists who register by December 2nd will receive a COMPLIMENTARY BOOKSTORE VOUCHER to be used to shop at the on-site NCYI Product Showcase.

With special thanks to:

  • CTEC Culinary Students
  • Tiffanie King, CTEC Teacher
  • Mrs. Beverly Goins, Administrative Assistant of Executive Director of Student and Family Services
  • Yolanda Anderson, Executive Director of Student and Family Services 

With grateful appreciation to our Sponsor

FEATURED SPEAKERS

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Listen. Learn. Get Inspired.

Natalie Spencer Gwyn

Dr. Natalie Spencer Gwyn is an Assistant Professor at North Carolina A&T State University. She was previously a high school counselor and student assistance counselor (SAP) for many years before moving into higher education. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She later earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from North Carolina State University. Dr. Spencer is the author of Mindful Practices for Helping Troubled Teens and the co-author of 15-Minute Focus: Diversity, Bias, and Privilege: Addressing Racial Inequities to Create Inclusive Learning Environments. She is also a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina, and owns her own private practice, Natalie Spencer Counseling and Consulting. Dr. Spencer Gwyn has presented her research on the local, state, and national level.

We’ve all heard these terms before: Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Trauma Informed Practices and Equity. Too often school counselors, teachers, and administrators focus on one factor that can impact a child’s learning and not the intersections of all three. Many children attending schools today (virtual and in person) experience traumas that impact their ability to identify, effectively express, and manage emotions. In addition, the impact of race and cultural diversity can further impact a child’s overall coping strategies when experiencing adverse situations. SEL, trauma informed practices and equity intersect in a powerful way and we can no longer ignore the impact on education and children.

In this session, attendees will learn practical interventions that can be implemented to build SEL competencies along with an emphasis on equity and trauma informed practices.

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Jermaine Porter

Jermaine Porter attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where he earned a degree in Business Mtg. He later received his certification to become a teacher.

Porter went on to teach in Cumberland and Guilford county school districts. He has worked in education for 19 years, serving as a teacher, mentor, varsity basketball coach, career development coordinator, special populations coordinator, school-based administrator, and central service administrator. While serving in these roles, Porter became more aware of educational policies and practices that did not benefit all students and sought to educate and inform others about diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies in order to disrupt the inequitable educational policies and practices.

A lifelong student, Porter earned a Master’s degree in school administration from Gardner Webb University and is presently pursuing a Doctorate of Education from Liberty University.

Prior to his current role, Porter served as the Equity Leadership and Strategy Coordinator for Equity Affairs with Durham Public Schools. There, he ensured equitable opportunities for all Durham Public Schools students by creating and supporting professional development opportunities that included, but were not limited to, a range of training that promoted cultural understanding, competence, equity, and inclusion.

An innovative leader, Porter created numerous initiatives and programs for Durham Public Schools, including the Durham Public Schools “Equity Champion of the Month” program, as well as “Barbershop Talk” and “KINGS Conversations,” which served as open forums for all district stakeholders to discuss systems that support students of color and listen to successful professionals share their experiences as people of color. Additionally, he designed and directed the “We Are Kings” boys of color program across the Durham Public Schools, which encouraged empowerment and the development of social, racial, and intellectual identities. Additionally, Porter has delivered keynote addresses and equity professional learning in North Carolina and throughout the United States.

Currently, he is the Director of Equity & Talent Acquisition for Alamance Burlington School System where his work is focused on continuing to ensure equitable outcomes for all students and staff. He also has a focus on recruiting a diverse teachers and staff to mirror the student demographics in ABSS.

We’ve all heard these terms before: Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Trauma Informed Practices and Equity. Too often school counselors, teachers, and administrators focus on one factor that can impact a child’s learning and not the intersections of all three. Many children attending schools today (virtual and in person) experience traumas that impact their ability to identify, effectively express, and manage emotions. In addition, the impact of race and cultural diversity can further impact a child’s overall coping strategies when experiencing adverse situations. SEL, trauma informed practices and equity intersect in a powerful way and we can no longer ignore the impact on education and children.

In this session, attendees will learn practical interventions that can be implemented to build SEL competencies along with an emphasis on equity and trauma informed practices.

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SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE

Tentative

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast 

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome

Dr. Dain Butler, ABSS Superintendent

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Opening Session

Introduction of Guest Speaker

Mr. Jermaine Porter, Director of Human Resources and Equity 

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Introduction of Speaker

Dr. Natalie Spencer Gwyn

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

Registration has Closed

All conference activities, including breakfast, the training sessions, showcase voucher, and parking are FREE OF CHARGE, compliments of ABSS. Please register below to attend and to receive a showcase coupon (please note deadline below).

Registration deadline:

DECEMBER 2, 2022

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Please Note: If we are forced to cancel the Summit because of a “force majeure” event, such as a government restriction on large gatherings that cover the intended size of the conference, then we will issue full refunds of the registrations. On social distancing and other health and safety measures, the regulations/guidelines that apply to large gathering centers may change. We will conform to all necessary regulations/guidelines that are in place as of the date of the Summit.

NCYI PRODUCT SHOWCASE

NCYI PRODUCT SHOWCASE

All School Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, McKinney Vento staff, and Mental Health Specialists who register by December 2nd receive a COMPLIMENTARY BOOKSTORE VOUCHER to shop the NCYI Product Showcase at the Summit!

This is an opportunity for you to personally review and purchase curriculum, activity and small group manuals, books, videos, DVDs and CDs. NCYI has the newest and best guidance resource materials available from America’s foremost publishers in Classroom Guidance, Character Education, Bullying Prevention / Intervention, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Separation Issues, Grief Recovery, Learning Disabilities and Social Skills Training.

Save on shipping and handling – You can save 5% to 8% by purchasing from the on-site display and taking the resources with you, which eliminates shipping and handling charges! On-site discounts will also be offered.

Specialty savings on overstock items – Save 50% or more off the retail price of a unique selection of overstock items.

NCYI accepts all major credit cards, personal checks, purchase orders, and even cash for additional purchases! If you have building level funds available, you can use a school purchase order.

Practical Guidance Resources Educators Can Trust

National Center for Youth Issues, or NCYI, is a national non-profit organization that publishes and distributes guidance resource materials for schools. In addition to publishing its own publications, NCYI represents over 40 different publishers of educational resources. They also provide training opportunities for educators through on-site training services, as well as regional and state-wide conferences.

CONTACT INFORMATION

866.318.6294

National Center for Youth Issues
P.O. Box 22185
Chattanooga, TN 37422-2185

The Attendee will receive an email confirmation to the email address provided when their registration is processed. (Make sure to check Junk/Spam folders.)

Make all checks and purchase orders payable to:
National Center for Youth Issues