Leadership Conference 2017



Heartland Educational Consortium invites you to our

2017 HEC Leadership Conference

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Genesis Center, Lake Placid, Florida

Restorative Strategies & Tools to Create Respect, Cooperation, and Responsibility

Presenters: Cynthia Kaitfors-Smith & Nancy Wayne
Fresno Pacific University

About the Conference

The strategies shared on restorative discipline and the information presented will help transform your classroom and school into an inclusive engaging environment that encourages student involvement, creates a sense of belonging, and supports academic risk-taking. It is especially effective with those students who are most resistant to authority by involving them in processes that empower them to be responsible and accountable. Restorative Strategies transforms discipline into learning experiences that decrease stress, improve effectiveness, and build relationships. All participants will receive two books and additional materials to assist in implementing the strategies shared.

About the Presenters

Cynthia Kaitfors-Smith

Cynthia Kaitfors-Smith is currently the Director of Fresno Pacific University's Restorative Strategies Department which teaches Discipline that Restores, a process that gives the administration and teachers the methods to resolve conflicts and practice problem-solving techniques.

Cynthia has spent over thirty years teaching children and students from primary schools to adults. She has been teaching for Fresno Pacific University for ten years as an Adjunct faculty member in the Degree Completion Program, teaching courses in Early Child Development, Liberal Studies and Special Education. Prior to this, Cynthia spent 18 years as a school counselor working in rural schools reaching out to students from all walks of life who were attending K-12 and alternative education sites. Her educational background includes a BA in Psychology, an MS in Marriage Family Therapy and a PPS Credential (School Counseling), with her educational training always geared toward helping, encouraging, and training others.

Nancy Wayne

Nancy Wayne is currently an Adjunct faculty member with Fresno Pacific University. While attending college, Nancy worked part time at the local school districtís Children Centers for low income families, where she encountered children that needed direction, sparking her career path towards the field of restorative discipline. Nancy started her teaching career with the Fresno Unified School District.  After years of teaching in the classroom, she became a Reading Tutor/ Resource teacher, and later a Literacy Coach. Nancy was able to teach children reading and writing skills in small groups and trained teachers strategies and techniques that enabled them to become more confident in the classroom.  These trainings involved curriculum techniques, behavior management of the classroom, and classes on sensitive issues that arise from society. After she achieved her Masters in Administration, she became the "disciplinarian."  As the Resource Teacher Nancy was available to intervene in classrooms when a child needed redirection from bad behavior, and she was the "Thinkery" of the Discipline that Restores program in which she is currently involved.


Audience: ALL Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Social Services Contacts, Administrators, and Leadership Teams  from the Heartland districts of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties are invited.

Cost: $15 per participant (continental breakfast and lunch provided)

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017

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