Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!

Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown

My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dangers of Social Media....

Google "Texting Dangers" and you will find a bevy of stories about the dangers of texting and driving — a serious danger which has been tragically documented. Huff Post Teen has assembled a list of 9 other texting/social media dangers that you may not have considered — including:

 *   Text Neck
 *   Dry Eyes
 *   Insomnia
 *   Drinking & Smoking
 *   Bad Grades
Click to view the entire list.<>
While the Northeast Symposium on Social Media in Schools will not offer a solution to "Text Neck," it will provide an excellent opportunity to gain legal, psychological, preventive and research insights into the potential impact of social media on both educators and students.  This two-day symposium will provide critical information for principals, teachers, counselors, technology coordinators and other educators on topics such as:

 *   Walking the lethal legal tightrope between avoiding liability and violating First Amendment rights
 *   Recognizing and minimizing the negative psychological impact of social media use and abuse
 *   Understanding the implications of the latest research into the dynamics and effects of cyberbullying and social media abuse
 *   Preventive tools and strategies to help students and educators avoid the lasting pain of cyberbullying and the misuse of technology.

This strategy-packed two-day event will feature recognized experts including Charles P.E. Leitch, Esq. (Legal), Dr. Chamarlyn Fairley (Psychological), Dr. Sameer Hinduja (Cyber Research) and Richard Guerry (Prevention Strategies).  It will also provide recommended approaches, strategies and activities that will help to update your understanding of the ever-changing social media and cyberbullying world and best practices for prevention and intervention.


School Response to Student Misuse of Social Media and the Law: What Works, What Doesn't and WHY
- Charles P.E. Leitch, Esq.

What is Really Happening to the Facebook Generation? The Psychological Ramifications of Social Media, Digital Relationships and Cyberbullying on Students
- Dr. Chamarlyn Fairley

School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Unsafe Social Networking One Classroom at a Time
- Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Public & Permanent: Establishing a New Digital Consciousness™ Throughout Your School
- Richard Guerry


Atlantic City, NJ<>

October 29 & 30, 2012

Trump Taj Mahal



(By 10/23/12)

Individual      $275    $295
3+ Attendees    $245    $265


To register online with a purchase order, click here<>.


Charles P.E. Leitch, Esq.
School Response to Student Misuse of Social Media and the Law: What Works, What Doesn't and WHY

Charles Leitch is a Founding Principal of Patterson Buchanan Fobes Leitch & Kalzer, Inc., P.S.., a regional law firm with offices in Seattle and Portland.  His active practice focuses on representation of School Districts, Public Entities, and private employers.  In addition to his practice, Mr. Leitch provides guidance, trainings and orientations on technology supervision, social networking, cyberbullying, and exploitation prevention throughout North America, including specific presentation formats for teenagers, parents, law enforcement, public and private employees, and managers.  He is a member of multiple work groups and advisory boards nationally on technology supervision and best practices, including the Washington State’s Attorney General Youth Internet Safety Taskforce.    Prior to his civil practice, Mr. Leitch served as a prosecutor on the County and City level. He is a graduate of Whitman College and Willamette University College of Law.



Dr. Chamarlyn Fairley
What is Really Happening to the Facebook Generation? The Psychological Ramifications of Social Media, Digital Relationships and Cyberbullying on Students

Dr. Fairley is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist , and has been a keynote speaker at national conferences on the topic of bullying and relational aggression. She currently serves as sexual trauma coordinator at a large medical center. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Fairley served as psychologist at a juvenile corrections facility – where she interacted with youth in a variety of ways, including predispositional evaluations, pre-waiver evaluations, and sex offender treatment. She has also worked as a forensic interviewer and therapist of children who have been sexually, physically and emotionally abused. Dr. Fairley has led seminars throughout North America on various topics including Mean Girls: How Educators Can Address and Prevent Female Bullying, Cyberbullying & Relational Aggression. Attendees at Dr. Fairley's presentations report their appreciation for her ability to provide profound sociological & psychological insights into the worlds of troubled young people. She is also known for offering practical solutions to very challenging real-life cases involving self-destructive youth who are particularly resistant, defensive and/or defiant to needed personal awareness and change.



Dr. Sameer Hinduja
School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying, Sexting and Unsafe Social Networking One Classroom at a Time

Dr. Hinduja is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center ( He works nationally and internationally with the public and private sector to reduce online victimization and its real-world consequences. Dr. Hinduja is a member of the Research Advisory Board for Harvard University's Internet Safety Task Force, and has given trainings and keynotes to a range of audiences including Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, federal law enforcement, school districts, parents, and youth. His co-authored book: Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying was named Educator Book of the Year by ForeWord reviews. His latest book: “School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time” became available in April, 2012. His interdisciplinary research is widely published in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals, and has been featured on numerous local, state, national, and international media programs, including: CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC, and The New York Times. He has also been interviewed and cited by hundreds of online and print media outlets. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University (focus area: cybercrime). At Florida Atlantic, he has won both Researcher of the Year and Teacher of the Year, the two highest honors across the entire university.



Richard Guerry
Public & Permanent: Establishing a New Digital Consciousness™ Throughout Your School

Mr. Guerry is a national public speaker and the founder of the non-profit organization the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2). At the height of the technology revolution, he served as an Internet marketing executive. During his tenure, he encountered the darkest areas of the internet and discovered countless individuals unknowingly being manipulated and schemed, and their content being stolen and exploited. Mr. Guerry now travels across the country speaking to digital users, young and old, regarding the importance of practicing a Digital Consciousness in every aspect of life to avoid any current — or future — digital disease. Mr. Guerry has been a featured speaker at many national conferences and conventions, including the National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention, the International Bullying Prevention Association, and the National Symposium on Child Abuse. He has also appeared as an expert on CNN and MTV's Thin Line Campaign, as well as in Parade Magazine and in local, regional, and international publications.


CERTIFICATES: Certificates of Completion for this symposium, which indicate 12 contact hours of continuing education, will be available at the end of the symposium. In many cases, depending on your profession and jurisdiction, this Certificate of Completion is sufficient for tracking your continuing education and professional development efforts. We suggest that you contact your local board or governing agency to see exactly what steps are necessary for approval in your particular discipline. Please note that Developmental Resources is also an approved Provider for the following national and regional accrediting agencies:

ASWB (#1053): Developmental Resources approved as a provider for social work continuing education in participating states by the Association of Social Work Boards through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Developmental Resources Inc. maintains responsibility for this program.

NBCC (#5602): Developmental Resources Inc. is recognized by the NBCC to offer contact hours for continuing education/recertification use by National Certified Counselors. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.


All cancellations incur a $25 administrative fee and must be received in writing or electronically seven days prior to the symposium. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after that date. Substitutions are welcome at any time. Developmental Resources, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any seminar in the event of insufficient registration, in which case a full refund will be returned. If we are forced to cancel the symposium for reasons beyond our control, it will be rescheduled for a later date. If you cannot attend on the rescheduled date, you will receive a Voucher. If for any reason the seminar is not held, Developmental Resources' responsibility is limited to refund of the registration fee paid.


In this symposium, you will learn:

 *   Critical insights to help you fulfill your legal obligations and protect your school/organization, staff & administrators from lawsuits
 *   Cautionary insights into dangerous digital situations and trends from the Legal, Psychological, Research and Prevention perspectives
 *   Recommendations for preventing cyberbullying, sexting and unsafe social networking one classroom at a time
 *   Key elements needed to evaluate already existing school/district-wide social media and cyberbullying policies and action plans.


 *   Principals & Administrators
 *   Teachers (3-12)
 *   School Counselors
 *   School Social Workers
 *   Technology Coordinators
 *   Computer Science Teachers
 *   Cyber Safety Committee Members
 *   Anti-Bullying Committee Members
 *   Online Safety Education Coordinators
 *   School Psychologists
 *   Media Specialists
 *   School Resource Officers
 *   District Personnel
 *   Community-Based Youth Workers


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