The challenges facing students today have increased exponentially. Join OSBA for a day of learning about student welfare, including serving vulnerable youth and how to address the dangers of human trafficking and opioids. We also will provide training on trauma-informed care in the schools to help districts practically assist students impacted by many of these challenges.

This workshop is open to school board members, administrators and staff of districts that are members of OSBA.


8:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:50 a.m.
9 a.m.
Speak up! Save a life! Fighting Ohio's opioid crisis
Wayne Campbell, president and founder, Tyler’s Light; Cmdr. Gary Cameron, Columbus Division of Police; Angie Ferguson, executive director, Drug Free Clubs of America; and Alicia Newbury, teacher, Pickerington Local’s (Fairfield) Pickerington High School North, and coordinator, Drug Free Clubs
This session will help schools understand the current opioid crisis and recognize the signs of drug abuse and addiction in students and learn what resources are necessary to help students deal with these problems and how schools can promote the importance of a drug-free lifestyle for their students. Learn about Tyler’s Light, a grassroots nonprofit organization bringing awareness to communities about the dangers of prescription and illegal drug use.
10 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
Human trafficking
Michelle Gillcrist, managing attorney, Cleveland office, Ohio Attorney General
Human trafficking is a global, national and local problem. Millions of individuals are trafficked and enslaved every year. Everyone can make a difference in the fight against human trafficking. Learn how to identify potential human trafficking, what to do once you have identified someone who may need help and what the state is doing to combat human trafficking.
11:15 a.m.
Serving vulnerable youth
Representative from the Ohio Department of Education
The Every Student Succeeds Act emphasizes educational stability for vulnerable youth who often encounter challenges in receiving a quality and equitable education and face many barriers, including traumatization, high mobility and undiagnosed behavioral and health conditions. Gain a better understanding of how to support these youth in your district, including students with disabilities, English learners, homeless students, students with parents in the military and students in foster care.
12:15 p.m.
Lunch (provided)
Information will be provided about Freedom a la Cart.
1 p.m.
Trauma-informed practices in a school setting
Kady Lacy, supervisor, Behavioral Health School Based Elementary Team; Kamilah Twymon, clinical coordinator, Behavioral Health School Based Program and Community Partnerships; and Dr. Kynetta McFarlane, clinical psychologist, Family Support Program and Thrive Program, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Hear an overview of adverse childhood experiences and how complex trauma impacts the brain. Review trauma-informed strategies to impact school climate and specific strategies to use in the classroom setting to teach students how to regulate emotions and build resiliency. Explaining the brain to children and adolescents:
3 p.m.
Questions and adjourn