Do the youth at your program feel welcomed?  Are the parents smiled at by all staff? Does your staff know how to measure the effectiveness of smiles? If you were unsure or answered no to any of these questions, you need to attend this conference. 
Children and youth thrive in environments that are welcoming, calm and predictable. Creating and sustaining such environments depend upon behaviors and skills of the entire staff.  This presentation will review the framework of a whole school climate effort  and the elements needed to ensure that any welcoming climate initiative in ANY setting is fully implemented and evaluated with qualitative and quantitative data.  Multiple examples will be provided.

With all of the negative things that occur in the world today, this training is one small thing you can do to try to make your work environment a safe and happy place.

Register for this AND Engaging Native American Youth and enjoy a FREE networking lunch between sessions!

About the Presenters

Nancy Riestenberg is the School Climate Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. She provides technical assistance on violence and bullying prevention, school connectedness, school climate, dropout prevention, cultural relevance in prevention education, crisis prevention and recovery, and restorative measures. She has also provided technical assistance in restoring the learning environment to Minnesota school districts that experienced school shooting incidents. She is the author of Circle in the Square: Building Community and Repairing Harm in Schools.

Eric Kloos is a Supervisor in the Special Education Division of the Minnesota Department of Education.  His work at MDE includes a  focus on all education partnerships to support academic and behavioral prevention and intervention, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).


Training Partner:

The Northland Foundation

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