Southeast Conference on School Climate
June 3-5, 2024 | #SeCSC24
Hyatt Regency in Downtown Savannah
2 W Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Call For Proposals Now Open for 2024!
The Southeast Conference on School Climate (SeCSC) is a two and half day conference that provides research-based resources for improving school culture, climate, and safety. Administrators, counselors, and teachers participate in sessions packed with practical, evidence-based strategies aimed at creating learning environments to improve every student’s mental, behavioral, and academic performances. The SeCSC primary strands include Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Mental Health, School Safety, Social Emotional Learning, Restorative Practices, and Mindfulness and Wellbeing. In addition, each conference session supports topics related to strategies that can be used for School Improvement Plans (SIP).
|Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports||Mental Health||School Safety|
|Social-Emotional Learning||Restorative Practices||Mindfulness and Wellbeing|
Our 2024 Keynote Presenters
Inspirational Educator, Author, and Change Agent
Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, keynote speaker, and author of two books–Be REAL: Educate from the Heart and the inspiring picture book, Cannonball In. She thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. Martin has served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and district administrator. Her passion for education and love of writing led her to her current role, where she coaches and serves educational authors as the Director of Publishing for Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.
Martin’s ambition is to lead a culture of innovative change, keep social-emotional learning at the heart of our work, and motivate others to be REAL.
KEYNOTE: Be REAL: Educate from the Heart
This invigorating message interweaves Tara’s overcoming experiences as a student labeled “at-risk” who, by teacher influence, became a thriving educator.
Through stories, humor, science, and practical application, Tara empowers educators to establish a learning setting where all learners feel valued and appreciated. You will leave this session feeling inspired and equipped with practical strategies to create a culture of REAL belonging within any curriculum at any grade level.
- Empowered to establish a learning setting where all learners feel valued, appreciated, and have a sense of belonging
- Equipped with applicable strategies to embed social-emotional wellness within any curriculum at any grade level
- Encouraged to continue fostering a culture where every learner feels safe to take innovative risks within their learning setting.
Youth Development Consultant
KEYNOTE: How to not fail an open book test, creating safe spaces for young people in the classroom.
Effective teaching begins with providing a safe and inclusive space for young people. A vibrant,
supportive atmosphere in the classroom is not something that just happens. It is created by intentional
thought, preparation, and action. It’s not difficult to create a space where pupils can feel motivated and
comfortable if we use strategies that help kids feel like they belong in the classroom. By giving teachers resources they need to foster a friendly atmosphere and a sense of community, all student outcomes; academic, social, and emotional improve. This is a test we all can pass!
1. Participants will be able to recognize when children feel valued and included in a classroom space.
2. They will be able to see how the impacts of trauma and adverse childhood experiences threaten a young person’s sense of belonging.
3. Participants will be able to incorporate activities and deploy tools that will enable them to build strong, positive relationships with all of the children in their care.
Special Thanks to Our Sponsor
Special Thanks to Our Planning Committee
|Eric Landers, Ph.D.|
|Georgia Southern University|
|Bailey Nafziger, Ed.D||Georgia Southern University|
|Caitlin Criss, Ph.D.||Georgia Southern University|
|Gregory Benner, Ph.D.||University of Alabama|
|Meredith Rausch, Ph.D.||Augusta University|
|Lee Fletcher, MSW||South Carolina Department of Mental Health|
|Regina Siez, LCSW||Temecula Valley Unified School District|
June 3-5, 2024 | #SeCSC24
Last updated: 10/2/2023