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For all those working with Students At Risk

Ontario Association For Students At Risk

23rd Annual Conference

Monday, April 11, 2011- one day conference

Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport

www.oasar.org

"Thriving Through Adversity" Conference Agenda Sunday, April 10, 2011

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Annual General Meeting St. Laurent Room 9:00 p.m. President's Reception Hospitality Suite Music provided by Dany Dube

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10:15 a.m. Keynote Address Deirdre Pike "Building A Positive Space For All" 10:30 a.m. Morning Break 11:45 a.m. Workshop A 1:00 p.m. Luncheon Keynote Address Mary Alberti & Jesse Bigelow "Fear Less ­Opening Minds about Schizophrenia and Psychosis" Workshop B Break Workshop C Publishers' Social

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OASAR 2011

"Thriving Through Adversity"

Workshop Descriptions KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Monday, April 11, 2011 9:00 a.m. ­ 10:15 a.m.

DEIRDRE PIKE

"Building A Positive Space For All"

It is a hard truth that more than two-thirds of LGBT students feel unsafe in their schools due to physical threats because of their sexuality and verbal harassment. Harassment is also said to be affecting learning; students are more likely to skip classes due to safety concerns. In her keynote presentation, Deirdre will increase participants' understanding of the lived reality of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people by "outing" the conversation about LGBTQ research and experiences, particularly those of youth and students at risk; raising awareness about the presence of both subtle and overt forms of heterosexism, transphobia and homophobia; and debunking some continued myths about LGBTQ people. With enthusiasm and humour, Deirdre will share an important message about identity, language, impact, and the importance of creating a positive space for all. Deirdre Pike is co-chair of the Hamilton Positive Space Collaborative and the Positive Space Training Coordinator for The Well, Hamilton's LGBTQ Community Wellness Centre. In the latter role, Deirdre has "outed" the conversation of LGBTQ reality with over 1,500 people in Hamilton and beyond, including educators, social service providers, police officers and health care providers. Deirdre is the founding chair of The Well and past chair of the City of Hamilton's Advisory Committee of LBGTQ issues. Deirdre authored a Needs Assessment on the LGBTQ Community in Hamilton in 2008 and most recently, Deirdre participated in a "Think Tank" with Rainbow Health Ontario on LGBTQ Community-Based Research. Deirdre lives with her partner, Renée, in downtown Hamilton, where she works as a Senior Social Planner with the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton.

MORNING BREAK 10:15 a.m. ­ 10:30 a.m.

SESSION A WORKSHOPS 10:30 a.m. ­ 11:45 a.m.

A1

Learning Games for all Classrooms ­ Tim Westhead - Queen's University (Retired)

Enjoy learning exciting ways to teach and build classroom morale that don't demand a high budget! Review more efficiently while strengthening students' literacy skills. This entertaining, interactive presentation features proven methodologies for teachers of all high school subjects by adapting popular TV game shows ­ Concentration, Jeopardy!, and Password ­ to your classroom. Volunteers will be called on to help demonstrate these great low-tech games! A2 LGBTQ Issues ­ Deirdre Pike - The Well

This workshop will explore issues that LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) youth deal with in their lives. Gain practical knowledge and tools that can be used when working with LGBTQ individuals. Learn how to build inclusivity into your daily life and expand your understanding of heterosexual privilege. A3 Online Courses and Resources ­ Rose Burton-Spohn - Ontario Ministry of Education & Training

Looking to engage learners in the provincially-funded school system in classes, alternative education settings, or credit recovery programs? Come explore Ontario's many online courses and interactive resources. Learn how to use our free searchable resource bank to find engaging supports for your students who need stimulation, remediation, review, and practice! A4 Empowering Pregnant and Parenting Youth - Jo-Anne Rent & Eva Jaronski ­ Waterloo Region DSB; Karen Beck - Thames Valley DSB

What are the needs of pregnant and parenting youth, obstacles they face, and various programs that have been put in place to support their diverse needs? As educators, we play an essential role in the success of our students by assisting their learning through programs that involve real life situations. This session will offer ideas and suggestions to support these youth, including current practice and up-to-date knowledge shared with our students.

A5

Intellitool's Classroom Suite: "Model, Practice and Apply", including Web and Network licensing ­ Rayne Tunley - Microcomputer Science Centre

Classroom Suite 4 is a unique intervention tool that combines direct instruction with a flexible tool environment that assists all students in achieving mastery in reading, writing and math. Classroom Suite provides students with explicit instruction, constructive practice and embedded assessments which allow teachers to gauge progress and individualize instruction for their students. This presentation will include how Web and Network licensing can benefit your organization. This is a hands-on, interactive workshop. A6 Kurzweil v12: Exciting new features, including Web and Network licensing - Emma Tunley - Microcomputer Science Centre

Kurzweil 3000 is a leading software designed to assist people with learning challenges. It features a comprehensive suite of reading, writing and test taking tools perfectly suited to the needs of students with learning challenges, general literacy and ESL students. The many new and exciting features will be introduced during this workshop. This is a hands-on, interactive workshop. A7 Surviving and Thriving ­ Russ Kelly

Russ Kelly lost his father at 6 years old, and was put into foster care at age 10 when his mother became ill. He suffered the tragic loss of his mother when he was 15. He has conquered a 30 year addiction to alcohol and drugs, and has survived cancer and the dreadful side effects of radiation. This workshop will be a sharing of Russ Kelly's story in a way that inspires and motivates! A8 Understanding Youth Substance Abuse and Mental Health ­ Megan Lowe - CAMH

This workshop will focus on identifying substance use and mental health concerns among youth. Harm reduction and abstinence based programs will be explored in addition to different treatment options. Participants can expect to learn strategies for working with youth struggling with substance use and/or mental health issues as well as the importance of taking a team approach to care. A9 Yoga In The Classroom ­ Wendy Webster - Om4Youth

Om4Youth offers all youth an opportunity to create success in their lives. Through the teaching of yoga and creative arts, we provide youth with the tools necessary to be open for change, to ask questions and to find their own answers, so they can make better life choices and move forward in a positive new direction for lifelong wellness. We seek to help at-risk, marginalized, street involved and all youth in general increase their physical and emotional strength, flexibility and stamina so they can better meet their own needs. Our program teaches asana and philosophy to those whose autonomy has been curtailed through life experiences. Our approach is bold and remarkably practical. We have an innovative solution. With a Yoga and Creative Arts Curriculum as the cornerstone of

programming, we meet youth where they are, offering a strength-based, genderresponsive approach to give them the necessary tools for better decision-making and life-long wellness. A10 Cope Curriculum - Kim Tesolin ­ Upper Grand DSB

Kimberly Tesolin has developed a "Coping Strategies" course for students dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. This course, Cope, offered as a GLS credit, gives students an opportunity to learn specific strategies to manage feelings, emotions and situations in a supported environment and then prepares them to apply these strategies to other challenging situations outside of the classroom. This workshop will provide an overview of the course, some practical ideas for daily classroom procedures, and examples of assignments and student exemplars.

2011 Logo Contest Winner!

We would like to congratulate for designing the 2011 Logo for our 23rd Annual Conference.

"Sinead" submitted the following written description with the winning logo. "This picture was done to depict the theme "The Ability To Thrive." It holds many different meanings, all pertaining to students at risk and the adversity they go through, as well as their ability to overcome obstacles with the skills and knowledge needed for surviving difficulties in life. Each object--the hand, the flower and the water droplet--all represent attributes that are common in students at risk. The hand with deep cracks and lines is a symbol of a long, hard life filled with work. This relates to the idea that students at risk have all had hardship in their lives which they had had to endure. These are things which make success in life seem impossible, and can cause one to just give up. However, said students persevere and maintain an efficacious frame of mind, thus giving them the capability to work towards the life that they want. The flower is a symbol of sublime, incandescent life that thrives in any environment. It depicts the proficiency that students at risk must develop to cope with new surroundings and circumstances in order to effectively survive. Just like the flower, the student must learn to adapt to progress in life. The water droplet dripping from the petal symbolizes sustaining the end of a storm. As the petal from which the water is dripping appears undamaged and alive, it makes obvious the fact that the flower has weathered the storm, and in fact, has remained protected from an immense, destructive force. In keeping with the theme "The Ability To Thrive", I have attempted to display not only the issues that students at risk must endure but also the knowledge that they have acquired in order to reach success. All of the symbols are a representation that depicts their skills at surviving life, taking things, such as adversity, in stride and overcoming obstacles in order to thrive and live a happy, successful life." Remember to watch for contest details for the 2012 Conference!

"Sinead"

LUNCHEON KEYNOTE ADDRESS 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

MARY ALBERTI & JESSE BIGELOW

Fear Less ­Opening Minds about Schizophrenia and Psychosis

The fear, stigma and lack of understanding that exist around mental illness and in particular psychosis and schizophrenia, limit the ability of young people to seek help early and also limit the ability of families and helping professionals to identify signs and symptoms and intervene early. Mary and Jesse will address the importance of understanding schizophrenia and psychosis and take participants through the real life experience of being sick to becoming well. Mary Alberti is the CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, an organization that supports individuals and families, advocates for systems change and raises awareness about schizophrenia and psychosis. Mary joined the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario in 2001. Since then, she has been instrumental in expanding program activity throughout the province and supporting the organization in the development of a vision, mission, and brand that better promotes understanding of schizophrenia and psychosis. Mary brings over twenty years of experience working with non-profit organizations, corporations, and the government. She is passionate in her efforts to change the way people think about mental illness and in improving the quality of life for individuals and families living with schizophrenia. Jesse Bigelow experienced his first psychotic episode around the same time he was graduating from high school. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Jesse's symptoms began with auditory and visual hallucinations and other delusions, followed by an arduous road to recovery. Jesse's personal strength, the constant support of his parents, and medical treatment, helped to turn his life around. He now speaks openly about his experience through his involvement with the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. He is employed as a peer support worker on the H.O.P.E. (Help Overcome Psychosis Early) team with the Canadian Mental Health Association and is a teacher of Karate.

OASAR would like to thank For sponsoring this luncheon keynote address

JANSSEN

SESSION B WORKSHOPS 1:00 p.m. ­ 2:15 p.m.

B1

Fletcher's Meadow Interdisciplinary Programming ­ Paul Freier, Andrea Goveas, and Robin Meehan, and Adam Dallimore - Peel DSB

At Fletcher's Meadow, our students have many options ­ failure is not one of them! We have developed 9, 4 credit and 4, 2 credit interdisciplinary packages. These package programs primarily target students studying at the college and workplace levels. The packages involve the conscious effort to apply knowledge, principles, and/or values to more than one academic discipline simultaneously. Through these packages, we aim to improve student attendance, credit accumulation, engagement, self-advocacy/efficacy, improved behaviours, and future success. This workshop will discuss how we are working toward success for all. B2 Plan for Less Stress in Your Job ­ Tim Westhead, Queen's University (Retired)

Reduce your stress while making your job more efficient and your school life happier! This workshop includes ideas for new and experienced educators of all subjects. Take some useful planning tips and learn about excellent timesavers from a classroom veteran and teacher surveys. B3 Motivating Your Section 23 Students to Succeed - Josef Balazic ­ Toronto Catholic DSB

This presentation is designed for elementary teachers and child and youth workers. It will focus on the link between cognitive and behaviour theory and inspiring students who have experienced adversity to succeed in the classroom. Elements of positive psychology, contingency and cognitive based interventions will be presented. Practical strategies will be demonstrated including differentiated classroom management, instruction and how to use praise effectively for academic and blended social skills tasks. Many handouts and resources will be provided. B4 Who Is NOBODY? ­ Kelly Clark ­ Who Is NOBODY?

As featured on CBC, Who Is NOBODY? is a group-based kit that empowers Grade 1 ­ 12 students. The program's choose-your-own-adventure steps support EVERYBODY in discovering their diverse strengths and experiences, using them to make a difference! B5 Livescribe Echo Smart Pen: "Write! Record! Share!" with a sleek NoteTaker/Recorder - Rayne Tunley - Microcomputer Science Centre

Livescribe Echo pen features a built-in digital audio recorder and a camera that tracks what you write and synchs it with recorded audio from the same event. The recordings can be easily played back by simply tapping the pen at various locations in your notes. This tool is ideal for struggling learners with writing challenges where they can record lecture notes, seminars and meetings. This is a hands-on, interactive workshop.

B6

Ginger! Contextual Writing tool for everyone! - Emma Tunley Microcomputer Science Centre

Ginger Software is dedicated to empowering children and adults with learning difficulties to write error-free text independently. By successfully tackling even the severest spelling mistakes, Ginger's revolutionary spell-checking technology helps to level the playing field for children and adults, especially for those with dyslexia and learning challenges. This is a hands-on, interactive workshop. B7 It's all in the Beads ­ Sherri Vansickle - GEDSB

We will be taking a look at what makes our First Nations students at risk for all kinds of issues in education. We will look at Native Education from residential schools to today through the lens of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) teachings. We will share strategies and understanding with the hope of making a positive change for future generations. B8/C8 safeTALK ­ Wallis Balog ­ Living Works

Most people thinking of suicide try to let others know but these opportunities to help are often missed, dismissed, or avoided. safeTALK participants learn to recognize persons thinking of suicide and to respond by applying four basic steps that link the person at risk with local suicide intervention help. Powerful videos, discussion, and practice stimulate learning. Participants must commit to attend for the entire three hours. Accredited through SPRC. A resource booklet, wallet card, and certificate of completion will be given to each participant at the end of this two-part workshop. (Please note that this workshop will go until 4pm as it requires a minimum of 3 hours for certification). B9 Ryzoo! ­ Dany Dube ­ HWDSB (Retired)

Everybody loves music. So use it in your work setting or personal life. Can't sing a note or play an instrument? It does not matter! The unmusical person can teach live music in their classroom or life skills / counselling program using the Ryzoo! method (see www.ryzoo.ca). Be prepared to jam! B10 Learning to Behave by Learning about Behaviour - Rachel van der Putten ­ Upper Grand DSB

When students and educators better understand the mechanisms of behaviour, they are able to work together more effectively. This presentation approaches behaviour from many angles; from understanding to prevention, from crisis management to debriefing strategies. The exceptionalities of AS, OCD, ODD, and FASD are approached and discussed from the perspective of individuals with these diagnoses. Realistic, hands-on strategies, tips and techniques are provided by an educator with significant behaviour experience in both mainstream and specialized school environments.

B11

Understanding Schizophrenia and Psychosis ­ Jill Dennison, Christina Jabalee, Jesse Begelow, Tasha Chivaun Williams ­ Schizphrenia Society of Ontario

An estimated 1 in every 100 persons between the age of 16 to 30 are affected by a mental illness like schizophrenia, making it the greatest disabler among youth. This workshop will present useful information to enhance awareness of mental illness, early signs, symptoms and intervention. Topics covered will include: signs and symptoms of schizophrenia, incident rates, the importance of early diagnosis and interventions, antecedents, diagnosis and treatment, as well as myths and stigma.

AFTERNOON BREAK 2:15 p.m. ­ 2:30 p.m.

SESSION C WORKSHOPS 2:30 p.m. ­ 3:45 p.m.

C1

Elevators That Lift: Reducing The Risk Through Needs-Based Programming ­ Blake Fleischacker ­ www.blakefly.com

This workshop will articulate the steps for implementing engaging, simple, and relevant programs to provide solutions and support for at risk students. C2 Fletcher's Meadow Interdisciplinary Programming ­ Paul Freier, Andrea Goveas, Robin Meehan & Adam Dallimore - Peel DSB

At Fletcher's Meadow, our students have many options ­ failure is not one of them! We have developed 9, 4 credit and 4, 2 credit interdisciplinary packages. These package programs primarily target students studying at the college and workplace levels. The packages involve the conscious effort to apply knowledge, principles, and/or values to more than one academic discipline simultaneously. Through these packages, we aim to improve student attendance, credit accumulation, engagement, self-advocacy/efficacy, improved behaviours, and future success. This workshop will discuss how we are working toward success for all. C3 Effective Multi-Sensory Tools to Help Keep Kids in School - Christian Moore - WhyTry

This presentation provides the audience with methods to teach emotional intelligence and life skills. This workshop emphasizes a strength-based approach to helping youth overcome their challenges using multiple intelligence methods including visual analogies, music, and hands-on activities. Participants will walk away with tools to increase graduation rates, reduce truancy, and improve school climate.

C4

Ryzoo! - Dany Dube ­ HWDSB (Retired)

Everybody loves music. So use it in your work setting or personal life. Can't sing a note or play an instrument? It does not matter! The unmusical person can teach live music in their classroom or life skills / counselling program using the Ryzoo! method (see www.ryzoo.ca). Be prepared to jam! C5 ClaroRead "Simple and Fun ­ for all abilities" - Rayne Tunley Microcomputer Science Centre

Claro Software has been designed for maximum simplicity in its use. Learn to scan and read books into Word documents, convert PDF's to fully functional Word documents, following up with the use of Claro's full selection of Reading and Writing tools. You can also convert your work into Audio and Video files for use on your MP3 player, Windows Media Player, or your IPOD. This is a hands-on, interactive workshop. C6 Attainment and Social Skills Builder "Interactive videos and software develop Life Skills and more!" - Emma Tunley - Microcomputer Science Centre

Attainment and Social Skills Builder are unique age/level appropriate programs. Both software and interactive videos are used to teach social thinking, language and behaviour that are critical to everyday living. Picture using, story based instructional videos and structured lesson plans are combined to develop life, work, math and literacy skills. This is a hands-on, interactive workshop. C7 Durham Youth Gang Strategy - Marlene Niskala and Vickie Jennings Durham Family Court Clinic

This innovative program provides prevention and intervention services to youth who are at risk for involvement in and youth already involved in gang activity. The goal of the program is to reduce or prevent youth gang activity primarily through 1-1 intensive interventions. Through this workshop, participants will learn why there is an anti-gang initiative in the Durham Region. In addition, participants will increase their knowledge about youth street gangs, understand why youth join gangs, recognize the warning signs, dispel the myth about gangs and know how to access services. In addition, the lure of a youth into a street gang will be discussed. B8/C8 safeTALK ­ Wallis Balog - Living Works

Most people thinking of suicide try to let others know but these opportunities to help are often missed, dismissed, or avoided. safeTALK participants learn to recognize persons thinking of suicide and to respond by applying four basic steps that link the person at risk with local suicide intervention help. Powerful videos, discussion, and practice stimulate learning. Participants must commit to attend for the entire three hours. The program is accredited through SPRC. A resource booklet, wallet card, and certificate of completion will be given to each participant at the end of this two-part workshop. (Please note that this workshop will go until 4 pm as it requires a minimum of 3 hours for certification).

C9

Understanding Adolescent Self-Harm ­ Dr. Richard Zayed - CPRI

This workshop will address the nature and reasons for self-harm, distinguish self-harm from other difficulties (e.g., suicidality), and describe the qualities needed for effective intervention. C10 How the Pieces Fit - Jeff Molson & Pat Hamilton ­ Upper Grand DSB

This presentation will explore some of the frustrations that teachers may feel as they progress through their teaching career, at times feeling overwhelmed by new ideas and concepts in the field of education. We will use an analogy to help keep things in perspective and, through humour and discussion, will work with educators to help make sense of the many pieces.

PUBLISHERS & VENDORS' WINE & CHEESE SOCIAL 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please join us for this annual event! OASAR would like to thank the Publishers & Vendors for sponsoring this Wine & Cheese Social! Visit the displays . . . Network with colleagues! The Silent Auction closes at the Publishers' & Vendors' Wine & Cheese Social--get your bids in! Proceeds go to supporting "students at risk." Members--be sure to pick up your application to

send a student from your area to a leadership camp, workshop, etc.

Returning again this year, "Vixin Accessories", a line of fun, trendyreasonably priced fashion accessories will be on sale. Visa, Mastercard and cash will be accepted. A percentage of the proceeds will go towards sending at risk students to camp. Check out the website . . . www.vixinaccessories.com

We would like to thank all of our conference sponsors for their generous support to "Students At Risk" and in helping us celebrate 23 years of OASAR!

Emond Montgomery Janssen Microcomputer Science Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport

OASAR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Sunday, April 10, 2011

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

St. Laurent Room

All Members are invited to attend!

The OASAR Board of Directors encourages all members to attend the Annual General Meeting. Get more involved with OASAR . . . become a Director on the Board . . . join a committee . . . liaise with colleagues across the province! For more details and to receive an Information Package, please contact Miriam Silvert, President at [email protected]

OASAR would like to thank

Student Achievement Centre Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board For the excellent job at printing the 2011 OASAR brochure To meet your professional printing needs, contact: Kevin Davies ­ [email protected] Derek Morgan ­ [email protected]

The N-Gage Program

To Our Conference Registrants . . . Thank you for participating in the 23rd Annual OASAR Conference . . .

Thriving Through Adversity

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

OASAR IS PLEASED TO PROVIDE CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS WITH . . .

* SIMPLE, ON-LINE REGISTRATION . . . SIMPLY LOG ONTO www.oasar.org * PAYMENT OPTIONS . . . VISA, MASTERCARD, CHEQUE (please make cheques payable to OASAR and mail to OASAR, PO Box 184, Strathroy, Ont. N7G 3J2) or GROUP PAYMENT (contact [email protected] for a GROUP PAYMENT CODE-- cheque payment only)

Members

(rates include HST) until March 11, 2011 ­ $125.00 after March 12, 2011 - $145.00 after March 31, 2011 - $165.00

REGISTRATION RATES

Non-Members

until March 11, 2011 ­ $160.00 after March 12, 2011 - $180.00 after March 31, 2011 - $200.00 until March 11, 2011 - $100.00 after March 12, 2011 - $120.00 after March 31, 2011 - $140.00

Students/Retirees

Rates include breakfast, breaks and lunch and Publishers & Vendors' Wine & Cheese Social on Monday

See Website for Link to Refund & Cancellation Policy

Not a Member? . . . Join the Association and receive discounted registration for all OASAR hosted conferences, newsletters, etc. See the website for more information

ACCOMMODATIONS Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport 970 Dixon Road Toronto, Ontario M9W 1J5 (416)-675-7611

1-800-524-8436 Email: [email protected]

Be sure to ask for an OASAR room (Code is OAA) when you book!

For simple on-line registration click on this link . . OASAR 2011 on the OASAR website

Conference Room Rate $115.00 + taxes per single/double room/night Accommodation is NOT included in the Registration Fee For the Special Conference Rate, please make reservations by Sunday, March 27, 2011

Contact the following for more information Miriam Silvert

c/o Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Phone: 905-628-1652 E-mail: [email protected]

Conference Co-Chair & Publishers' Displays

Tracy Hunter

Conference Co-Chair

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Conference Committee

Karen Galer ­ Silent Auction

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Ruth Alghammari

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Jo-Ann Carrothers Teresa Civello Bill Dow

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Shelley Falla

Victoria Shymlosky

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