Learning Session "A" - Wednesday, December 2nd 

1:40 pm - 2:45 pm

A1   School of Origin California Implementation

Alaina Moonves-Leb, Senior Staff Attorney, Alliance for Children's Rights

Jill Rowland, Education Program Director, Alliance for Children's Rights

Danielle Wondra, Senior Associate, Children Now


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With each school change, youth in care lose 4-6 months of learning, and face the continuing trauma of reestablishing academic and social relationships. To avoid this, districts and child welfare agencies throughout California are finding ways to implement effective school of origin policies. Attendees will learn the basics of school of origin law, including the challenging intersections of federal and California law. Through the Court Companion to the Foster Youth Education Toolkit, attendees will learn the roles and responsibilities of each of the key parties in making school of origin attendance possible. Presenters will share results of a Public Records Act request, comparing policies and best practices (including sample tools and forms) from districts across the state addressing challenges with involvement of education rights holders, discussing school of origin upon enrollment and exit, holding best interest determination meetings, and determining transportation plans. Presenters will also address best practices and key considerations for implementing school of origin in the time of virtual instruction.


A2  Introduction to Trauma Informed Practices 

Kim Faulkner-Camacho, M.S., P.P.S., Coordinator II- Technical Assistance Program 

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Dr. Lakeah Dickerson, Senior Program Specialist

Los Angeles County Office of Education, FYSCP


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This training is designed for educators who have never been trained on trauma-informed practices. Participants will be provided with an understanding of how trauma impacts students, the brain's response to trauma, and how to create trauma-informed classrooms, schools, and other learning environments. Although trauma impacts all students, this training will highlight the specific needs of students in foster care as they relate to trauma as well as other students.


A3   Shaking Hands Through the Phone and the Screen!

How to Overcome Technology Relationship Gaps Using Innovative Humanistic Remote Counseling Techniques!

Larry Robbin, Executive Director, Robbin and Associates

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We lose a lot of in-depth connection with youth with remote technology that weakens our engagement and the power of our counseling.  It takes a new set of communication skills to overcome the technology gap and engage youth at the highest levels possible.  This workshop is not about technology tricks.  It is about new ways to communicate through technology that will help youth feel as if you are both in the same room with a strong and deep connection that will help foster youth make more progress in less time!


A4  Increasing Capacity for Empathy and its Implications for Student Success – LAYMENS terms
Christopher Hoang, Assistant Principal, Learn 4 Life
Alexis Kling, Program Specialist, Learn 4 Life


What is empathy and how does it make you feel?  Do you think it is on the decline?  How do you increase your empathic capacity and the capacity of those around you? Come learn and discuss the cognitive, psychological, and biological dynamics of empathy including strategies for increasing capacity in order to positively impact your life and your students’ self-efficacy, specifically, their perceived ability to cope with stressors.


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 A5   Together, We Can Do So Much:  A Collaborative, Cross-System Effort to Improve Foster Youth Educational Outcomes and Post-Secondary Transition in Riverside County
Chris Dech, Project Director-Foster Youth Support Network, Riverside Community College District
Lisa Starr, Counselor - Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program, Riverside County Office of Education
RCCD College Student - TBD 

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Foster youth often have numerous professionals in their lives that are responsible for setting the trajectory for their well-being and eventual self-sufficiency.  And yet, data shows that high school graduation and successful college enrollment and persistence for this population remains stubbornly low.  In this session, you will learn about the Foster Youth Support Network – an initiative in Riverside that provides a comprehensive suite of services that creates a connected and coordinated safety net for foster youth as they transition to post-secondary education.  There will also be time during the workshop where you will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and share regional best practices.