Effective Schools Conference Series

The Effective Schools Conference Series is the cornerstone of CPSI's professional development program. All presentations will be remote and offered twice: 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m.


Kansas State University is in limited operations status. During this time, registration questions and requests should be sent by email to registration@k-state.edu and payment is required at time of registration.

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2020-2021 Conference Programs

Personalized Learning: A Journey Toward HyFlex, Learner-Centered Education

September 22, 2020
Brenda Vogds

Participants will explore personalized learning as an approach to learning and instruction that is designed around individual learner readiness, strengths, needs and interests. Learners are active participants in setting goals, planning learning pathways, tracking progress and determining how learning will be demonstrated. Participants will receive strategies and an action plan to immediately get started in their own classrooms, schools or remote environments.

Trauma Smart Training: Reaching and Teaching Through Trauma Smart Awareness

October 28, 2020
Brit Broshous

Trauma Smart was developed by the experts at Crittenton Children’s Center and founded on evidence-based interventions recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. While we can’t protect students from going through a traumatic experience, we can help them cope and recover. Trauma Smart helps students, and the adults who educate them, calmly navigate difficult life challenges by combining practical, hands-on tools and effective coping strategies. By incorporating Trauma Smart into your curriculum and instruction, you will be laying the groundwork for better emotional resilience and health for our students and, inevitably, our society.

Motivating and Managing Hard to Reach, Disruptive, and Uninterested Students

February 4, 2021
Brian Mendler

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Plagued by severe undiagnosed ADHD and reading difficulties, Brian Mendler began disrupting class in 4th grade. He was defiant, disruptive, and relatively unmotivated. By sixth grade his academic skills were so below grade level that he was pulled/kicked out of school. During his senior year, he started gambling. The next five years were a cycle of lying, cheating and stealing to feed his addiction. In 2001 he entered recovery. He has now been clean 18 years. Today he is a certified teacher, presenter, and international keynote speaker. He has coauthored six books, including the bestseller, That One Kid, Tips for Teachers, Power Struggles, Turning Tough Parents into Strong Partners, and the newest book, Watch Your Mouth.

#BookSnaps: Learning Disguised as Fun!

March 2, 2021
Tara Martin

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During this interactive workshop, participants will actively explore the science, creation, and impact of #BookSnaps. Let’s speak the students’ language using Snapchat to share excerpts of a book while annotating with #BookSnaps. This fascinating strategy engages both hemispheres of the brain and increases learning retention. Join this workshop session to explore how students and staff create BookSnap reflections to make their thinking visible. Since August 2016, school districts and students all over the world (seventeen different countries) are creating #BookSnaps and sharing their love of learning. *For Non-Snapchat users, we will also explore creating #BookSnaps with Google apps and you will leave with an abundance of resources to utilize the #BookSnaps strategy no matter the content area. #BookSnaps are relevant, engaging, and learning disguised as FUN.

Dr. Tonnie Martinez
Executive Director
009 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506