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DMPS Summit on School Climate and Culture


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We are extremely excited to announce that Des Moines Public Schools will be hosting its very own Summit on School Climate and Culture! August 8th and 9th at the Iowa Events Center, DMPS will bring together some of the best and brightest experts in Education! Des Moines Public Schools is determined to improve school climate and culture through professional development, skill building and application of the best practices and research. You and your team are invited to participate in a special event to learn how this makes a difference in your classroom, school and community. Experts within the field of school improvement agree that a positive school climate and culture is key to any sustained student, school and district improvements. Hear first-hand from those experts on how to put this into practice. The conference will focus on five major strands:

1.    Best Practices in Improving Student Behavior

2.    Multi-Tiered System of Supports

3.    Cultural Proficiency

4.    Social and Emotional Health

5.    Stakeholder Engagement

To register and read more about the five strands and see the current list of presenters, please visit http://www.dmschools.org/climateculturesummit/ Attendance details:

The 1st Annual Summit on School Climate and Culture is open to the public and DMPS employees. All non-DMPS employees will be charged $275 to attend the event. Currently the event has the capacity to accommodate 500 non-DMPS employees.  Please register today as space is filling up quickly!

Conference schedule:

August 8th

7-8:30 am – Check-in/Breakfast

Welcome – 8:30-8:45

8:45 – 10:15 – Key Note #1 - Erin Gruwell

10:30 – 11:45 – Breakout Session 1 (15 breakouts)

11:45 – 12:45pm – Lunch (lunch will be provided)

1:00 – 2:15pm – Breakout Session 2 (15 breakouts)

2:30 – 4:00pm – Key Note #2 - Randall Lindsey

4:15 – 5:15 pm –Round Table Discussions

August 9th

7:30-8:30 – Breakfast

Welcome – 8:30-8:45

8:45 – 10:15 – Key note #3 – Community Schools

10:30 – 11:45 – Breakout Session 3 (15 breakouts)

11:45 – 12:45pm – Lunch (lunch will be provided)

1:00 – 2:15pm – Breakout Session 4 (15 breakout)

2:30 – 3:30pm – Erin Gruwell, Tim Lewis, Randall Lindsey, Brian Mendler, Joelle Hood