The capacity of the room has been reached and we are no longer accepting registrations. Sessions will be recorded and made available on the OSBA website following the event.

ATTENTION. OSBA is recording the general and breakout sessions at the February 25, 2020, Mental Health and Social-Emotional Learning Summit. By entering this event, you consent to having your image and voice captured by official photographers and/or videographers. The resulting materials, including still photographs, video and audio recordings may be used by OSBA without restriction or financial compensation. If you do not agree to having your image or voice captured or recorded, please do not enter the event venue.

The summit also will include a Resource Fair, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., in which agencies can share information on their resources that are available to district staff.

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9 a.m.
9 a.m.
Resource Fair
9:30 a.m.
Opening General Session: In their voices
Dr. Kathy McFarland
Often, adults tell students what they need. Today, students will use their voices to describe how we can support them in the areas of mental health and social-emotional learning. Join Dr. Kathy McFarland, a former educator and principal and current deputy chief executive of OSBA, to hear what students are asking of you to promote better student success and health in your school district and community.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
Bridges Learning Center and wraparound services: Servicing the whole child
Akron City
Discover how Bridges Learning Center, a public K-12 Akron City school, meets student needs by providing wraparound services focusing on mental health and the whole child. This teacher-led panel will highlight some key features of the center and provide intervention ideas that can be used in programs throughout Ohio.
10:45 a.m.
How one person can support over 400 educators
Northwest Ohio ESC
How do we sustain great mental health initiatives? Discover how to build a tiered system of in-house support to keep evidencebased programs alive in multiple schools with minimal staff. Learn why in-house support is critical to keeping evidence-based practices alive and achieving the promised results.
10:45 a.m.
One in 10 children has an eating disorder
The Center for Balanced Living
This presentation dispels common myths about eating disorders; presents basic biological components of the disorder based on current brain research, including signs, symptoms and risks; and offers referral information geared toward the school-aged population.
10:45 a.m.
Stress management and resiliency training
Pickerington Local (Fairfield)
Emotional regulation impacts a student’s behavior, attendance and academics. When students are dysregulated, they cause disruption in the learning environment for themselves, classmates and teachers. Learn how the Stress Management And Resiliency Training (SMART) Lab integrates technology and social-emotional learning in a space designed for students to gain skills and return to the classroom ready to learn.
10:45 a.m.
Suicide screening and symptoms
Miami University
Miami University shares an overview of programming that specifically targets mental health interventions at the K-12 level. Learn about universal screening, addressing mental health triage in schools and suicide prevention strategies.
10:45 a.m.
A team approach to social-emotional learning skill building
ESC of Central Ohio
The Specialized On-Site Support (SOS) Team shares its multidisciplinary approach for building professional capacity to address social-emotional learning. An administrative coach, board-certified behavior analyst, mental health specialist, instructional coach and an English learner specialist describe restorative practices, positive behavioral interventions and supports, trauma, cultural competency and more.
10:45 a.m.
How mentoring can impact student success
Westerville City
Learn how to create, facilitate and grow a districtwide mentoring program for girls in middle and high schools. Review five years of proven results and growth from a program that began in three middle schools and continues to support those students through high school. The program connects students with community women mentors and their peers while focusing its monthly meetings on self-esteem, goals, positive choices and thinking about the future.
10:45 a.m.
Connections classroom
Hamilton County ESC and Northwest Local
Learn about the intensive Tier 3 behavioral support program taking place in the Northwest Local (Hamilton) School District to help elementary students who have behavioral and emotional needs that require intensive supports focusing on emotional regulation and coping, problem-solving and social skills while meeting each student’s educational needs.
10:45 a.m.
Social-emotional learning: Classroom, building and district perspectives
Claymont City, Hilliard City and Strongsville City
Discover tools and strategies for social-emotional learning. Learn how educational leaders can implement social-emotional learning programs.
10:45 a.m.
Social-emotional learning in a cultural context
Ohio State Univeristy
Review the impact of culture in students’ academic achievement.
10:45 a.m.
Transform the lives of wounded students
Hope 4 The Wounded LLC
Emotional poverty has become a deterrent to academic success. Understanding the social-emotional needs of children of trauma in order to avoid using ineffective strategies and consequences is imperative to creating a thriving culture. This session will provide information on leadership, brain integration, empathy and nine personal and professional strategies for keeping wounded children engaged.
10:45 a.m.
Student wellness success fund panel: A panel of experts answers your questions
Ohio School Boards Association and Ohio Department of Education
The recently passed biennial budget includes $675 million in new funding for student wellness and success programs that will be distributed to districts across the state. Experts from the Ohio School Boards Association and the Ohio Department of Education will provide insight into this new funding and answer your questions.
12 p.m.
Lunch on your own
1:30 p.m.
Building connections to catch every kid
University of Dayton
Learn how to catch every child in your school using strategies that build safe and secure attachments. These attachments help students improve self-regulation, increase their resiliency, sharpen their focus and improve academic performance. Study the signs of at-risk students and how to teach behavior skills that have a lasting impact.
1:30 p.m.
Community and school resources for suicide prevention
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Review community and school resources for suicide prevention, integrated mental health care and the role of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in meeting the behavioral health needs of students in Ohio schools. Learn about the SOS Signs of Suicide program, PAX Good Behavior Game, intervention options and family resources available through the On Our Sleeves program.
1:30 p.m.
Easy student campaigns for mental health
Worthington City
This session will provide all the information needed to easily implement two student campaigns to decrease mental health stigma and improve connectedness and culture. Hear how #ThereForMe day and Everyone Has a Story outreach required little to no cost and generated significant positive feedback.
1:30 p.m.
Our school has gone to the dogs
New Albany-Plain Local (Franklin)
Learn how a partnership with Canine Companions for Independence transformed student services and dynamically impacted lives. Meet Darius, the district’s canine companion, and learn how a canine companion can support students’ mental health needs and enhance the work of school counselors and educators.
1:30 p.m.
Resiliency: School nurses and the whole child
Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Association of School Nurses
School nurses are key health care providers in schools. Hear how the school nursing practice involves caring for the whole child, including both physical and mental health needs, and supports students, staff, families and the school community in building resiliency.
1:30 p.m.
Engaging social-emotional learning classroom activities
Minford Local (Scioto)
Discover engaging social-emotional learning lessons (SEL) for Kfour students that implement the Ohio Social-Emotional Learning Standards. Walk away with ideas for hands-on activities, games, visuals, mindfulness practices and children’s literature examples for each SEL competency.
1:30 p.m.
Partnering for student wellness and success
ESC of Central Ohio and Montgomery County ESC
Discover strategies to help districts partner with educational entities to provide wraparound supports for students.
1:30 p.m.
Social-emotional learning district leadership team
Marion City
Hear how Marion City’s social-emotional learning (SEL) district leadership team was created to lay the foundation for sustainable change in a district where students are economically disadvantaged and the majority are impacted by trauma. Learn how the team implemented an effective, trauma-informed approach in conjunction with SEL standards to allow for instruction to improve students’ self-regulation skills and reduce noninstructional barriers.
1:30 p.m.
The other trauma no one talks about
Plant-A-Seed Educational Consulting LLC
Engage in reflective discussion about racial and historical trauma and compassion fatigue. Discover how to consider schools as spaces of trauma, for both students and the adults who serve them, and learn strategies for self-care to create safe school spaces.
1:30 p.m.
Turning plans to action
Maumee City
Maumee City administrators and teachers engaged in a collaborative process to build a guaranteed and viable socialemotional learning course of study using gap analysis, survey instruments, user-friendly templates and high staff involvement. Discover how it was customized for each grade band — K-five, sixeight and nine-12 — to meet learners’ unique needs at each level.
1:30 p.m.
Using social-emotional learning for organizational integration
Olentangy Local (Delaware)
This session includes a panel discussion about using socialemotional learning (SEL) to infuse the work of multiple departments and roles within one school district. District personnel whose roles focus on equity and inclusion, SEL curriculum, mental health services, student well-being, multitiered system of supports and professional development will share strategies for SEL implementation.
1:30 p.m.
Student wellness success fund panel: A panel of experts answers your questions
Ohio School Boards Association and Ohio Department of Education
The recently passed biennial budget includes $675 million in new funding for student wellness and success programs that will be distributed to districts across the state. Experts from the Ohio School Boards Association and the Ohio Department of Education will provide insight into this new funding and answer your questions.
2:45 p.m.
3 p.m.
Closing General Session: The power of vision
Dr. Thomas G. Maridada II
A former educator and superintendent, Maridada previously served as president of BRIGHT New Leaders for Ohio Schools, a nonprofit, statewide public-private partnership funded by the Ohio General Assembly. He is a world-class educator who, over the course of a 25-year career, has raised academic achievement and created a brighter future for thousands of young people. Prior to joining BRIGHT, Maridada served as national director of education policy, practice and strategic initiatives for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. Currently, he is the Jim and Susan Swartz Fellow in Christian Studies at the Harvard Divinity School at Harvard University.
3 p.m.
Resource Fair concludes
3:45 p.m.