First Presenter's Institution

LaVergne Middle School- Rutherford Co. Schools

Second Presenter's Institution

Jennifer Kinsman

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Ballroom D

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Strand #2

Social & Emotional Skills

Relevance

School-wide initiatives must be the Head for professional development of teachers and academic/social development of Youth-At-Risk. Additionally, what comes from the Heart reaches the heart. Youth-At-Risk want and need nurture and support on a daily basis. Connectivity is key.

Brief Program Description

Students need and want to be heard and valued. It is extremely important for schools to be creative when choosing initiatives. Initiatives or any program implementation must be interesting and relevant to the diverse populations of students and their needs. It's time for schools to "Plug In." "New Outlets" are a Must. This workshop will provide educators with tools and strategies to use to build and sustain effective programs while working with Youth-At-Risk.

Summary

When working with Youth-At-Risk populations, it is important to establish a climate and culture conducive to their academic and social success. School climate and culture are built by establishing student relationships, offering student engagement activities, and listening to student voice. This workshop will offer specific tools and strategies that LaVergne Middle School has implemented to increase student interests and involvement throughout the school year.

New Outlets for students:

1. HOUSE character program

2. Climate and Culture strategies

3. Student Events (Lock-In, Spring Formal, Tailgating, Principal Banquet)

4. Clubs (Drama, Music Entertainment, Media)

5. Faculty and Staff Retreats

6. Professional Development

7. HAWK Parent University

Evidence

LaVergne Middle School continues to see declines in student discipline, particularly as students matriculate from grade to grade. Additionally, the school has seen a increase in after school clubs and sports participation. The school has also noticed parent participation has improved from previous years.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Biographical Sketch: Mr. Cary Holman, Principal

  • Served as state of Tennessee TEAM trainer 2015-16
  • Presented at state of Tennessee LEAD Conference during Lunch and Learn Sessions 2015-16
  • Presented at Tennessee Association of Middle Schools Conferences 2006, 2008
  • Served as Integrated Leadership Course Trainer for state of Tennessee 2015-16
  • Serve as Middle School Principal PLC leader, Rutherford Co. School District 2017-current
  • Served as REA/TEA Executive Board 2006
  • Served as a member of the Minority Affairs Committee for Tennessee Education Association
  • Motivational Speaker at Motlow State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University
  • Adjunct instructor at Middle Tennessee State University 2008-12
  • Adjunct instructor at Draughons Jr. College 2006-08

Keyword Descriptors

Motivation, Academic and Social success, Strategies, Culture, Climate, Engagement

Presentation Year

2018

Start Date

3-6-2018 8:30 AM

End Date

3-6-2018 9:45 AM

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Mar 6th, 8:30 AM Mar 6th, 9:45 AM

"New Outlets: plugging in makes a difference"

Ballroom D

Students need and want to be heard and valued. It is extremely important for schools to be creative when choosing initiatives. Initiatives or any program implementation must be interesting and relevant to the diverse populations of students and their needs. It's time for schools to "Plug In." "New Outlets" are a Must. This workshop will provide educators with tools and strategies to use to build and sustain effective programs while working with Youth-At-Risk.