Connect with Experts
Get advice on how to manage the changes COVID-19 has brought to school and family life.
- Student Engagement – learn tips and tricks for helping your student stay engaged while doing distance learning.
- Behavior Support – understand the “why” behind certain behaviors and develop a framework for managing expectations with clarity and compassion.
- Self-Care – learn about the importance of self-care and how creating a family plan for self-care can help everyone in your family feel happier and more physically, mentally, and emotionally able to deal with stress and pressure.
Steve Bollar, a.k.a. Stand Tall Steve, is an educational thought leader, former Superintendent of Schools, principal, author and a school culture and motivation expert. He is known for his quick wit, creative thought, and humorous personality. Steve is the author of the school culture book Ideas, Ideas, Ideas! and is a contributing author in the book School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying One Classroom at a Time. Steve openly shares his knowledge, experiences and creativity with others. He currently speaks to students, staff and communities throughout the country about how to think differently about schools, education, and life.
Watch Steve’s presentation:
- Family Encouragement
(a three part presentation)
Amie Dean, M.Ed., B.A. has worked in education for 25 years. She has experience teaching at all levels, and has taught both special and general education. She was with Fulton County Schools (GA) for ten years, four of which she provided support to teachers and students as the Student Support/RTI Coordinator for her middle school. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and is Nationally Board Certified as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. With 25 years’ experience as an educator and 14 years as a professional consultant, Amie has worked with thousands of teachers, counselors and administrators in over 250 districts to improve best practices in behavior support, student engagement, and differentiated instruction. Amie has trained with Dr. Rick DuFour, Dr. Kay Burke, Dr. Spencer Kagan, Dr. Ruby Payne, and many others. Amie is also an author of many books, including Your Happy Heart and There’s No Dream Too Tall.
Watch Amie’s presentations:
- Coaching Versus Catching
- Healthy at Home Tips to Thrive and Survive
- Motivation and Engagement
Allison Edwards LPC, RPT is an affiliate professor in the Human Development Counseling department at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Why Smart Kids Worry, Worry Says What?, Marcy Is Having All the Feels, and 15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work. Allison received her graduate degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University and is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist. Allison has over 20 years experience working as a school teacher, school counselor, child/adolescent psychotherapist, and educational consultant to schools throughout the country. Allison travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of empowering anxious children in the classroom, managing the emotional needs of students, recognizing the social/emotional needs of gifted students, and sharing how educators can talk to parents about student anxiety.
Watch Allison’s presentations:
- Anxiety in the Time of COVID
- Five Strategies to Help Children Manage Emotions
- Helping Kids Survive Virtual Learning
Robert Jamison is currently the Coordinator of School Counseling Services at the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. He has numerous years of experience as a School Counselor and also as a School Counseling Department Chair. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia as well as his Master of Science in Education in School Counseling and his Education Specialist degrees from Old Dominion University. Mr. Jamison supports school counselors across the state of Virginia as a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia School Counselor Association. And, he recently served on the Virginia Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, established by Governor McAuliffe in Executive Order 69. Mr. Jamison has spoken at numerous state and national conferences. Whether conducting professional development activities or supporting students and families, Mr. Jamison enjoys working and collaborating with all stakeholders.
Watch Robert’s presentations:
- Finding Balance
- Goals and Motivation
- Resources and Self-Care