The Keys to Understanding Issues
that Affect Student Success
June 18-20, 2008
Dr. Laura Riffel – Motivating Students to Succeed
Laura A. Riffel is a nationally respected consultant in the area of positive behavior supports. With over 30 years of experience, she has taught students at the elementary and middle school levels. Laura earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Cognitive and Multiple Disabilities. She now trains teachers, parents, counselors, administrators, and others how to make data based decisions to change behavior. She is the webmaster for the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. She is also the president of Behavior Doctor Seminars, a company dedicated to sharing the science behind changing behavior.
Dr. Sheila Pottebaum – Helping Students with PTSD Succeed in School
Traumatic experiences have the potential to alter the emotional balance of any individual to such an extent that the memory of one particular event can color future experiences and can create intense vulnerability. The ability of educators to assist children and adolescents in having restorative and trusting healing experiences can be profound. This presentation will provide background information about individual and societal responses to trauma, review acute traumatic reactions and adaptations to trauma, discuss developmental issues related to traumatic exposure and, most importantly, provide information about treatment approaches. Dr. Sheila Pottebaum is a psychologist in private practice at Child Psychiatry Associates, P.C., in West Des Moines. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families.
Rhonda Chittenden – Demystifying Adolescent Female Sexuality: From Object to Subject
There is no argument: young women desperately need information on the potential negative consequences of sexual behavior. Even so, the typical approach to educating about female sexuality focuses much on the negative—unintended pregnancies, STDs, sexual harassment, date rape. We fail to address the positive aspects of female sexuality. This workshop will introduce the grounding rationale of a new curriculum which attempts to balance the equation by building female sexual subjectivity, a key feature in women’s psychological health in teen girls. Rhonda Chittenden is the Executive Director of FutureNet, The Iowa Network for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, Parenting, and Sexual Health, and is one of Iowa’s leading sexuality educators with experience in coalition leadership, reproductive health counseling, and curriculum development.
Dr. Sarah Grady – Medications 101: What Teachers Need to Know
The prevalence of psychotropic and other behavior-impacting medications in adolescent populations is growing phenomenally. Newer medications have evolved and teachers need to know their intended uses, side effects, and any educational accommodations that might be needed for students. Sarah Grady is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
• Scholarships ($420) are provided to cover the costs of workshop sessions,
materials, and room and board. Participants are asked to contribute a $30
• Space is limited to 40 participants.
• The workshop setting will allow for important networking opportunities.
• Each participant will receive a flash drive containing presenters’ handouts and
• One hour of graduate credit is available for $90.
• Vendors will display educational products.
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