The 2018 Community Involvement Conference is scheduled for Friday, September 7 and will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the First Assembly Church of God, 915 S. Broadway Ave in Bartow.
The Community Involvement Conference (CIC) includes a series of workshops focusing on topics of interest to parents, community members and school leaders. The event also includes a guest speaker panel and numerous program, fundraising and community resource vendors.
Workshop descriptions and speakers will be posted as they become available.
- Polk County Public Schools Office of Safe Schools/School Security
A presentation on safety and security matters for Polk County Public Schools, its facilities, students, faculty and staff, in keeping with the best standards, practices and philosophies.
Presenter: Captain Jill Seymour, Polk County Sheriff’s Office / Director of Safe Schools, Polk County Public Schools and Mike Wiggins, Director, School Safety Specialist, Polk County Public Schools
- “Own the Upside, Avoid the Downside”
An interactive display including a presentation for community member and parents that ends with a walk through a teen’s bedroom including evidence of potential warning signs that your teen could be involved in troubling behaviors.
Presenter: Angie Ellison, Executive Director, InnerAct Alliance
- “Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts”: Building Resilience through Rhythm with DRUMBEAT
It’s not a drum circle, music class, or performance ensemble – rather, it’s a social-emotional learning protocol that builds resilience through rhythm. There are currently 92 DRUMBEAT facilitators in Polk County Public Schools, and data from the past 2 years indicates that on average, students who participate in DRUMBEAT experience a 50% reduction in discipline incidents and a 30% increase in attendance. Join us to experience the benefits of DRUMBEAT — no musical experience is required, and drums will be provided!
Presenter: Jessica Fredricks, Fine Arts TRST, Polk County Public Schools
- “It Takes a Village to Build Literacy”: Community Literacy Programs in Polk County Public Schools
Building literacy is a community effort. Our goal is to have all students reading on grade level, therefore increasing promotion, graduation rates, and workplace readiness. Polk County Schools supports literacy in several ways outside the traditional school building. Through our Books Bridge Program, Read While You Roll, Little Free Libraries, and People of Polk, community members can be involved in promoting and supporting literacy throughout their communities.
Presenters: Stacy Davis, Sr. Coordinator Library Media Services and Bonnie Given, Senior Technician, Polk County Public Schools
- PTA Officer Training
This session highlights some of the many resources available to you and your PTA/PTSA unit, compliance required items, programs to assist your school in achieving its goals and other training events offered this school year.
Presenter: Annette Rising, President Polk Council PTA
- PTA Treasurers
An overview of best practices for handling funds, keeping books, financial statements for meetings and IRS regulations.
Presenter: Laurie Busey
- Understanding the School to Prison Pipeline and its Effect on Youth
In this session, participants will get an understanding of the school to prison pipeline and whom is being disproportionately affected. This session will focus on how to minimize the number of Polk County students affected by the juvenile justice system and how to connect these youth to services. After this session participants will have the knowledge to begin to advocate for these most vulnerable youth.
Presenters: Diane Schmelz, Guardian ad litem and Ian Siljestrom, Equality Florida
- Supporting All Students: How to Ensure the Resiliency of LGBTQ Youth
In this session, participants will get a deeper understanding of LGBTQ youth and the unique challenges that affect this community. This will include an understanding of best practices, how to be culturally responsive, and important legal protections for advocates of LGBTQ youth. After this session participants will know how to be an ally for LGBTQ youth.
Presenter: Ian Siljestrom, Equality Florida
- Understanding March2Success
A free test-prep tool for SAT, ACT, DAT, MCAT and more! March2Success provides an online study program to help students prepare for standardized tests, improve school work and review materials. We also provide tools for educators and parents to track and encourage their students.
Presenter: Donald Jackson, Representative U.S. Army
- Legislative Update
An entertaining and informative look at the results of the 2018 session and what seems to be brewing for the 2019 session which begins in January. Learn how you can effectively communicate with legislators to get your views acknowledged.
Presenters: Wendy Dodge, Government Affairs, Polk County Public Schools and Angie Gallo, Florida PTA
- Volunteering in Polk County Public Schools
The gift of time is precious, and volunteers are truly generous when it comes to investing this valuable resource in our schools and with our students. Our school volunteer coordinators play a key role in the success of the volunteer program. We will bring you up to date on the important changes being made to the volunteer program this year.
Presenter: Jeanette Crowley, Senior Coordinator, Strategic Partnerships and Kelly Stanton, Clerk Specialist, Polk County Public Schools
- Mentoring in Polk County Public Schools
The mentoring program brings together positive role models from the community and students who can benefit from one-on-one attention. Mentors help students develop self-confidence, academic competence, a caring attitude toward others and reading skills to help them be successful in school so that they can be successful in life. We will review the policies, procedures and strategies to use with students.
Presenter: Angelia Green, Mentor Trainer, Polk County Public Schools
- Internet Safety/Social Media/Healthy Relationships
The Internet Safety for Parents presentation goes over safety and security issues for children. This includes inappropriate content, online privacy, sexting, online sexual solicitation, and cyberbullying.
Presenter: Katie Heller, Crime Prevention Specialist, Polk County Sheriff’s Office
- Finance in Polk County Public Schools
Participants will learn how Polk County Public Schools are financed and understand the challenges related to meeting current needs.
Presenter: Jason Pitts, Senior Director, Finance, Polk County Public Schools
- Be Aware & Care – Learn about the Homeless Education Program in Polk County Public Schools
Discover how the school system works to identify students in homeless situations and provide needed assistance to these students and families. Participants will learn about the federal law guiding the homeless education program, local statistics on homelessness and the Hearth Project.
Presenter: Dee-Dee Wright, Homeless Services Liaison, Polk County Public Schools
- PTA Meet Up
A casual drop-in style session to speak one-on-one with another PTA leader on a specific question, items needing more in-depth discussion from the PT Treasurers training or the PTA Officer Training or to pick up hard copies of program ideas or other leadership related materials for your local unit.
- Healthy Child
Presenter: Kathleen Wright, Curriculum Specialist / Physical Education, Polk County Public Schools