Colorado State University - Pueblo hosts P-20 conference on making schools safer

Colorado State University - Pueblo hosts P-20 conference on making schools safer

PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo will host a PK-20 Conference on June 4 that will focus on the theme Making Our Schools Safe for Learning. This interactive conference will bring together the P-20 community to address the complex and sensitive issues concerning all forms of school violence such as bullying, lack of civic responsibility, and behavior such as disrespect, intolerance, and physical harm.

The day-long event aims to explore the challenges in creating a safe and positive learning environment for all students, to provide input on successful strategies to ensure success in these areas, to develop a plan based on improving educational programs to meet the needs of students.

The conference keynote speaker is Kim Bearden, co-founder and executive director of the Ron Clark Academy and an award-winning educator of more than 20 years. Her unique combination of innovation, discipline, and creativity has transformed average classrooms to remarkable learning centers.  She was chosen from more than 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Middle School Humanities Teacher. The Milken Family Foundation selected her as one of 155 teachers from across the nation to receive the Award for Excellence in Education  and from among 7,000 teachers as Georgia Teacher of the Year.
Conference workshops will be facilitated by experts in the field to teach participants effective and efficient strategies on a variety of topics addressing the conference theme—Making Our Schools Safe for Learning. Examples include

• Gender and violence with Dr. Lisa Pasko, assistant professor at the University of Denver
• School and classroom safety with Larry Borland, chief of security for the Academy School District in Colorado Springs
• The parent factor with Richard Garcia, executive director of the Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition
• Preventing challenging behavior in the classroom with  Erin Sullivan, Colorado positive behavior support statewide coordinator, Colorado Department of Education
• Resources for developing social skills, K-12 with Dr. Victoria Marquesen, associate dean of teacher education, CSU-Pueblo
• Bullying and its effects on learning and The Incredible Years – a Social Skills Program for Young Learners with Maria Fieth, curriculum and program support specialist, Safe and Healthy Schools Initiative of Pueblo City Schools
Space is limited, and interested individuals must register to attend. For more information or to register for this FREE conference, call 719-549-2681

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.