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“Helping Adults Serve Youth”

The National Youth-At-Risk Conference is designed to provide quality, relevant training for all people interested in the well-being of youth, including but not limited to: Teachers at all levels, Principals and Assistant Principals, School Counselors and Psychologists, Health and Human Service Counselors and Personnel, Criminal Justice Professionals, Business and Community Leaders, Volunteer Service Providers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers.

This year, the conference celebrates 31 years of helping adults serve youth! 

Presentation materials from the 2019 conference can be found below:

2019 Presentation Materials   See the 2019 Program

We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Please submit your proposal for 2020 by clicking the link below:

Proposal Submission Deadline: September 6, 2019

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2020 Keynote Presenters

Marcia Tate, Ed.D.

The Power of Positive Thinking”

Sunday, March 8
6:30–8:30 p.m.

Marcia L. Tate, Ed.D., is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System in Decatur, Georgia. During the course of her 30-year career with the district, she has also been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director. In 2001, she received Georgia’s Distinguished Staff Developer Award and her department won the Exemplary Program Award for the state.

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Ron Clark

“Leadership: You’ve Got Runners, Joggers, Walkers, and Sitters

Monday, March 9
8:00–9:30 a.m.

Known to many as “America’s Educator,” Ron Clark is known for his charisma, energy, and devotion to the education profession. Having pioneered innovative projects in rural North Carolina and inner-city Harlem, Clark and his highly effective programs have garnered national attention. He was the recipient of the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year award, the subject of a television movie, and is a two-time New York Times best-selling author. His work has also led to three different White House invitations to be honored by the president of the United States.

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Laura Riffel, Pd.D.

“Triple T-Triple R: Behavior Planning Using a Guided Tool Understanding Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence

Wednesday, March 11
9:45–11:00 a.m.

With more than 30 years of experience, Laura Riffel, Ph.D., has trained thousands of teachers, parents, counselors, psychologists, administrators, and bus drivers on how to make data-based decisions as a way to change behavior. Her trainings are filled with humor and make data collection easy to understand and use in any setting. She travels the world presenting on functional behavior assessment and writing effective behavioral plans as a private consultant.  She also presents positive interventions and effective strategies for classroom teachers, autism, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, and learning disabilities.

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March 8-11, 2020    |    #NYAR20    |    Hyatt Regency    |    Savannah, GA

Last updated: 8/15/2019