Featured Speakers

JERMAINE GALLOWAY
Officer Jermaine Galloway is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter, a four-time national award winner for his alcohol and drug trainings/ programs, and a resource for those involved with prevention and education. Officer Galloway was in law enforcement for just under 20 years and has trained over 150,000 people nationally and internationally. Galloway has presented at several state and national conferences including multiple state school counselor conferences.

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HIGH IN PLAIN SIGHT: CURRENT DRUG TRENDS, DANGERS, OVERDOSES, AND IMPAIRMENT
The session will cover a wide spectrum of alcohol and drug trends. From drug use, clothing, logos, stash compartments, alcoholic energy drinks, marijuana, wax, edibles, underage drinking, drug vape pens, inhalants, over-the-counter drugs, cough medicines, designer drugs, synthetic painkillers, and identifiers of impairment. This training is unique in that it provides over 125 visual aids that are popular in Arizona and in the region. Participants will also see photos and videos of the examples listed above.
 
  KATEY McPHERSON

Katey McPherson brings experience in school leadership, prevention, and organizational change with 25 years as a secondary school teacher, guidance counselor, and PK-12 school administrator. Katey’s educational career focus is on student and teacher social-emotional needs and wellness, youth mental health initiatives, social justice, and digital citizenship/social media responsibility. Katey recently led The Gurian Institute, an international teacher and parent training institute rooted in neuro-biological teaching strategies. Katey currently serves as a West Coast Associate of Hazard, Young, and Attea Associates and Advisory Board Member for Common Sense Media.

Katey has presented at numerous regional and national conferences including the National School Board Association, Arizona School Board Association, Arizona School Resource Officer Association, and National Mental Health of America SEEDS Conference, and has been published in the book, “WTF: Why Teens Fail, What To Fix”.  When not presenting or training, she is busy chauffeuring her 5 daughters aged 10-13 to various locations around the world.

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WHAT SCHOOLS COULD BE: A CALL TO ACTION
As we approach the cusp of 2020, the landscape of education is both exciting and challenging. With the evolution of technology and it's integration into schools and homes, the iGeneration student comes to us wanting and needing a level of support that must be carefully crafted by each and every individual on a school campus while seeking in tandem to cultivate a safe school climate and culture.

As we face one of the largest public and youth mental health crises, it is essential that we upscale best practices to meet these needs in the early years and continue a safety net of support while providing student choice, agency, and independence.

This interactive keynote will engage and catapult educators into the new school year with brain-based teaching strategies, methods to support students through typical social aggression and conflict, and solutions to creating student
agency, coping, and resilience.

 

  RACHAEL MANN
Rachael Mann is a Keynote Speaker, EduFuturist, and Author and holds an MA in Educational Leadership. She speaks and writes about communicating confidently in a world of disruptive technology and the importance of rethinking the learning and earning spaces of today. Her experience in this field includes her work as the Network to Transform Teaching State Director, the Professional Learning Director of STEM, and the Arizona State Director for Educators Rising.  Hailing from a family of educators, Ms. Mann also has 14 years of classroom teaching experience as a Career and Technical Education instructor and is a Google Certified Educator. Connect with Rachael on social media @RachaelEdu or visit her website, www.rachaelmann.co to learn more about her work. 


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THE FUTURE OF WORK


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EQUIPPING STUDENTS FOR RESPONSIBLE SOCIAL MEDIA USE AND DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

2019 SCHOOL COUNSELOR OF THE YEAR
CANDICE ALVAREZ
Candice Alvarez has been a school counselor for 12 years in Southern Arizona. She began her career in the Tucson Unified School District at Wright Elementary. She then began to work on the C3 Federal School Counseling Grant at Southgate Academy. During this time Candice was able to RAMP her school counseling program. For the past 7 years Candice has called Copper View Elementary School in Sahuarita, AZ her home away from home. She has been involved with the Arizona School Counselors Association for 12 years and has been leading the AzSCA Southern Arizona School Counseling Symposium. This event brings collaboration between school counselors, administrators and community members around Southern Arizona. Candice has presented during conferences and has helped to lead her counseling department in her district in professional development. 

Candice became a school counselor to work with students and help them realize their goals in life. She knew that she wanted to work with elementary age children because she knew that if they had a goal to work toward they would want to continue on their educational journey. She also knows that children come to school with so much going on in their personal lives that they need help above and beyond what her fantastic teachers can always give. Candice prides herself on being a people person and she loves getting to know the families so she can truly be there in their time of need. Candice also has a passion for post-secondary options and loves teaching these to all her students, especially her kindergarteners because they get so excited to learn about what is out there for their future. She talks about every option they have including college, military, tech schools and careers. 

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BUILDING A BRIDGE TO MAKING THE GRADE
Calling all school counselors who still have no idea what A-F means! This goes across all grade levels. K-8 counselors come and learn how we are an influential part of creating a college and career culture within your schools. High school counselors can learn how to bridge the gap between K-8 and high school. K-8 counselors will take away ideas of activities they can do with their students to help prepare them for life after high school. High school counselors will walk away with ways to incorporate CCRI into their daily routine when working with all students, parents and teachers.

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SUPPORTING OUR GIFTED STUDENTS EMOTIONAL NEEDS
Have you ever wondered how you can serve our gifted students more? Have you ever met with a gifted student and needed ideas of how to fully assist them? If you answered yes, then this is your session! We are going to take the time to talk about the myths of gifted students. The characteristics of gifted students. We will also discuss how the Sahuarita Unified School District meets the social/emotional needs of our gifted students at the elementary level . This will include small groups that the school counselors do at their sites and activities they do.