NYAR Conference – Strands
5H Conference Strands:
The 5Hs – Head, Heart, Hands, Health, & Home – are protective factors promoting the holistic well-being of all children and youth, especially those placed at risk by poverty and other challenging circumstances.
I. “HEAD”: ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT & LEADERSHIP
Closing achievement gaps and promoting learning for all children and youth especially for high-poverty populations.
Some possible topics (preference given to topics relevant to Title I educators and students): Effective school leadership for Title I schools; Success stories of Title I educators, Reducing achievement gaps; Equitable opportunity to learn; Equity audits; Turning around low-performing schools; High-performing, high-poverty schools; Common core standards; Academic instruction (reading, writing, mathematics, or science) for students at risk of failure; Effective use of student data; Differentiated instruction; Brain-based instruction; English language learner instruction, Instructional technology; Dropout prevention; Post-secondary readiness; Career readiness; Early intervention; Alternative schools; After-school programs; Summer programs; Inclusion; Special education.
II. “HEART”: SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL SKILLS
Fostering social and emotional skills and the social climate for all children and youth especially for high-poverty populations. Some possible topics: School climate; Cultural diversity; Creating a sense of community in classrooms & schools; Caring curriculum; Achievement motivation; Academic resilience; Student empowerment; Student leadership skills; Character education; Self-Esteem; Positive identity development, Cooperative learning; Multicultural education; Life skills; Emotional intelligence; Communication skills; Decision making; Goal setting skills.
III. “HANDS”: SAFETY & VIOLENCE PREVENTION
Preventing violence and ensuring safety for all children and youth especially for high-poverty populations. Some possible topics: Bullying prevention; Cyber safety; Anger management; Behavior management; Creating safe spaces; Conflict resolution; Peer mediation; Crisis management; Gang intervention; School safety laws; School resource officers; School security systems or programs; Juvenile Justice programs; Law Enforcement collaborations.
IV. “HEALTH”: MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH
Promoting the mental and physical health of all children and youth especially for high-poverty populations. Some possible topics: Intervention, prevention, or treatment programs; Wellness programs; Counseling or therapy programs; Drug, alcohol, or tobacco education; Sex education; Teenage pregnancy, STD prevention; HIV/AIDS prevention; Physical or emotional disorders treatments; Eating disorders; ADD/ADHD treatment, Bipolar disorder treatment.
V. “HOME”: FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Developing and enhancing family and community support for all children and youth especially for high-poverty populations. Some possible topics: Parental engagement in school; Parental involvement in student achievement or discipline prevention; Effective communication with parents; Parenting skills and support; Adult-Youth partnerships; Mentoring; Foster care; Community programs, partnerships, or service projects; Internships; Business collaborations; University partnerships; Faith-based initiatives; Social service programs.
Last updated: 10/17/2017