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Link think tank

LINK THINK TANK

June 17, 2014

Best Minds in the State

Peer to Peer Support Programs


Purpose of the start link think tank

Purpose of the START LINK THINK TANK

Increase the Implementation of Peer to Peer Support Programs Across the State of Michigan


Day 1 agenda
Day 1 Agenda

  • Minute to Win It Games

  • Who is here today and what are they doing with Peer to Peer Support

  • Barriers to Implementation – 3x5 Cards

  • Set Up District Table

  • Café Tables

  • Lunch

  • Elementary and Secondary Breakouts

  • Elementary – Room

  • Secondary – Room


Day 2 agenda
Day 2 Agenda

  • Review Day 1

  • 12 Minutes Talks with Brainstorming Session

  • Fundraising

  • LINK Banquets, Recognition, T-Shirts, Media

  • Scheduling/Staffing/Case Conferences

  • Burn Out

  • Lunch – Longevity

  • Technology

  • Data Collection

  • At Risk Students

  • Summary of Work Completed at THINK TANK

  • What’s Next


Purpose of the minute to win it competition
Purpose of the Minute to Win It Competition

  • Model fun needed in Peer to Peer Support Programs

  • Scoreboard Creates Synergy Amongst Peers

  • Creates Cooperative Experience between people that don’t know each other

  • Common Theme

  • A role for a Student with ASD within the competition


Minute to win it games
Minute to Win It Games

  • 6 -7 People on 6 Teams

  • Stay with your Team Throughout 2 Days

  • 7 Minutes to Name Your Team and Pick a Captain

  • Selected Participants will Report to Same Area for Every Game

  • Games Will Occur Throughout the Two Days

  • Rotate Team Members Throughout Competitions – Everyone to participate

  • Stiff Competition with 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Teams



Minute to win it games1
Minute to Win It Games

  • Dave Schoemer and Margie Mayberry to Facilitate

  • Margie Mayberry in Charge of Score Board

  • Melissa Kurek in Charge of Organization of the Games


Game 1

Game #1

Teams Each Select One Person from Their Team to Participate in Game 1

Participants Go To The Center Tables



Please fill out 3x5 cards prior to the break
Please fill out 3X5 Cards Prior to the Break

  • On the 3X5 Cards, please list the three biggest barriers to the development and implementation of peer to peer support programs

  • Why are other districts not implementing Peer to Peer Support Programs

  • Top 3 Reasons Why

  • Please Leave Cards on Table



Troy schools oakland count y

Troy Schools State of MichiganOakland County

Lisa Carruthers - General Education Teacher – Created a LINKS Program in her 3rd Grade General Education Classroom


Proud to be a leopard link

Proud to be a… State of MichiganLEOPARD LINK!

We ventured through the school year

with some highs and lows.

Our journey began with a SMILE!

We tackled each week TOGETHER knowing we are “linked”.


The Power Of One State of Michigan

One song can spark a moment, One whisper can wake the dream.One tree can start a forest, One bird can herald spring. One smile begins a friendship, One moment can make one fall in love.One star can guide a ship at sea, One word can frame the goal One vote can change a nation, One sunbeam lights a roomOne candle wipes out darkness, One laugh will conquer gloom. One step must start each journey.One word must start each prayer.One hope will raise our spirits, One touch can show you care. One voice can speak with wisdom, One heart can know what's true, One life can make a difference, You see, it's up to you!

Ashish Ram

Very early in this journey

We were reminded of the Power of One all over again!


Our story t e a m time together everyone achieves more
Our Story…T.E.A.M. Time State of MichiganTogether Everyone Achieves More

  • We started small – focused on ONE

    • Powerpoint presentation led by Peer (parent present)

    • Pamphlet was given to students to share at home

    • 27 out of 29 students signed up to be a LINK

    • PEER and LINK responsibilities created by ALL stakeholders

    • Names of Links for the first week were shared

  • Check-in

    • Daily or as needed

    • Weekly during TEAM Time

      • All students take notes to reflect on week (individually) in written form in writer’s notebooks

      • Complete debrief sheet (Celebrations, Problems, Solutions) together through Link/Peer discussion (Friends share their thinking when appropriate)

      • Send copy of debrief sheet home with Peer and Link to share with parents

      • Friends take notes during process in preparation for their Link time or in reflection

    • Responsibilities for PEER and LINK are on desks (visual reminder for Peer, Link, and Teacher)

  • Reset

    • New week = 2 new Links with one carry over from week prior

    • Revisit goals/reflections from debrief of week prior to start current week’s debrief

    • Review confidentiality and respect of personal situations


Through this process experiences may include… State of Michigan

LINK

THINK

what a Link is really about!

reflecting, learning, and THINKing about life through a new lens!

TANK

the gamut of emotions…

…like being a fish out of water!

remembering to breathe!

feeling like WE could do anything?

falling in love over and over, and over again!

BE the Power of…

Most of all…

…MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


Eastern upper peninsula 2 nd longest drive to get to the link think tank

Eastern Upper Peninsula State of Michigan2nd Longest Drive to Get to the LINK THINK TANK

Ann Carey - Teacher

Carrie Carr – Teacher Consultant – Stretching the Pupil Accounting Rules as Far as they Can Stretch


Eastern upper peninsula links
Eastern Upper Peninsula LINKS State of Michigan

Bringing Communities Together


The eupisd
The EUPISD State of Michigan

  • 19 school districts

  • 4,000 square miles

  • 7260 school age students

  • 105 students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • 22 LINKS programs throughout the 19 districts

  • 425 LINKS, 65 target students


Community sledding event
Community Sledding Event State of Michigan

  • Collaborative regional effort between EUP LINKS Programs and community peer program - Autism Peer Activity League

  • LINKS programs held bake sales to help finance renting out the sledding hill

  • Held at Sault Seal Recreation Center

  • Open to anyone in the community -all regional LINKS programs invited

  • Sledding, pizza, hot chocolate


Links spring events
LINKS Spring Events State of Michigan

Links Bowling Party

You are invited to come and bowl with the Soo High Links Club

at the Don Dee Lanes in the Soo!

We will bowl on March 27th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Cost is $2.50 per bowler, per game, this includes your shoe rental.

Students must provide their own transportation.

RSVP required with attached form to Ms. Jessica by 3/24/14

My child ____________________ will be attending the Links Bowling party on 3/27/14.

My child wears size _____________ bowling shoes.

Parental signature Contact Number

Come for Links Movie Night!!!!

When: Monday, May 5th, 2014

Where: Salvation Army, 132 W. Spruce St., Sault Michigan

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Students should bring a non-perishable item to donate and

their own beverage for the movie.

RSVP to Miss Jessica by 5/5 if you plan to attend.

Questions call Mrs. Craven at 906-440-9773


Celebrating success in the local districts
Celebrating success in the local districts State of Michigan

  • Linkapalooza

  • Parent night / ice cream social

  • Pizza parties

  • Chili night

  • Field trips


Gwinn area community schools longest distance to get to link think tank

Gwinn Area Community Schools State of MichiganLongest Distance to Get to LINK THINK TANK

Meghan McLeod – Special Education Teacher

Made it into the Local Newspaper in the First Year of LINKS


Coor isd up north

COOR ISD State of MichiganUp North

Brenda Vaughan - Teacher Consultant

4 of our 6 districts have active LINK groups


Peer to peer supports

Peer to Peer Supports State of Michigan

COOR ISD

Brenda Vaughan


Individually tailored
Individually tailored--- State of Michigan

Problem solving = Meeting mechanics and running the board

Social opportunities

Classroom support

Lunch Buddies

Recess Buddies

RAKs

Expansions into the culture of the school– Trinity

Transitioning

Dances

Social outings

Sporting events

Buddy Benches


Grayling LINKs State of Michigan


Links are us
LINKs are Us! State of Michigan

Key points

  • Multiple Facilitators

  • Internal connection

  • Individualize group


Maybe the most beautiful place in the lower peninsula mike wolfe school social worker

Maybe the Most Beautiful Place in the Lower Peninsula State of Michigan

Mike Wolfe – School Social Worker


Freeland community schools

Freeland Community Schools State of Michigan

Saginaw County

Pretty Much in the Middle of Nowhere

Kim Miller – Teacher High and Elementary School


Shepherd public schools just south of mt pleasant

Shepherd Public Schools State of MichiganJust South of Mt. Pleasant

Laurie Potie – Social Worker Extraordinaire


St johns public schools further south of mt pleasant

St. Johns Public Schools State of MichiganFurther South of Mt Pleasant

Missy Keller – LINK Teacher – Probably one the Busiest Persons at this Training


Holt public schools ingham county

Holt Public Schools State of MichiganIngham County

Mary Garrigus – Teacher Consultant Extraordinaire

Probably the longest history with START

Been with us since $@%&...

Let’s Just Say Forever


Haslett public schools ingham county

Haslett Public Schools State of MichiganIngham County

Lisa Basore – Teacher Consultant

Never Say “YOU CAN NOT DO THIS”

To This Person


Grand haven public schools beautiful beach ottawa county

Grand Haven Public Schools State of MichiganBeautiful BeachOttawa County

Tricia Nutt – Grand Haven High School

Leadership Role - Peer to Peer Support Programs - West Side


Jenison public schools really hard to find when you are directionally challenge d

Jenison Public Schools State of MichiganReally Hard to Find When You Are Directionally Challenged

Stacie VanLaan – Teacher of Students with ASD

Collecting Data Before Data Collection

Was Cool


Martin public schools again in the middle of nowhere allegan aesa

Martin Public Schools State of Michigan(Again in the Middle of NowhereAllegan AESA

Erin Gauthier – Quilt Maker

Amy Silsbe – Teacher Consultant

Moved Center Program for Students with ASD from Segregated Facility into a General Education Building…Cross and Same Aged LINKS PROGRAM is EXPLODING



New behavior plan for alyssa
New Behavior Plan for Alyssa State of Michigan


Mentoring same age peers
Mentoring Same Age Peers State of Michigan

Teaching the same age peers how to help out their friend

Teaching them to play a new game at recess

Friendly reminders to stay quiet

Social cues – “we don’t kiss at school”

Showing them how to help in specific situations


Hamilton community schools on fire in ottawa county

Hamilton Community Schools State of MichiganOn Fire in Ottawa County

Becky Myers – Special Education Supervisor

Parent Volunteer On-Line System to Support Students with ASD and LINK Students


Game 2

Game #2 State of Michigan

Teams Each Select One Person from Their Team to Participate in Game 2

Two Participants Go To The Center Tables


Game 21
Game #2 State of Michigan


Forest hills public schools kent county

Forest Hills Public Schools State of MichiganKent County

DeAnne Friar – Speech and Language

LINKS Students Beyond Students with ASD


Caledonia community schools what is that building in the middle of your city kent county

Caledonia Community Schools State of MichiganWhat is that Building in the Middle of Your CityKent County

Scott Bont – Social Worker

Tenacity Beyond Belief

Fighting hard to get Peer to Peer throughout the K-12 System


Caledonia peer to peer

Caledonia State of MichiganPeer to Peer

Where we started 5 ½ years ago to now


5 years ago
5 ½ years ago State of Michigan

  • We started in February with 2 targeted students and 30 supporting students

  • One student with Autism - 4th grade

  • One student – OHI & VI – 3rd grade

  • 30 supporting students (15 in each grade)


1 st full year
1 State of Michiganst full year

  • In 1st full year we had 6 students, 5 (ASD) & 1 (OHI/VI) with 80 supporting students

  • Staff comfort level varied with size of groups

  • 4 staff ran the 6 groups (all in 1 elementary)


2013 2014
2013 - 2014 State of Michigan

  • We have P2P in all 5 elementary schools w/ over 130 peers supporting 12 targeted students

  • In our 2 Middle Schools we have over 150 students supporting 19 targeted students

  • In HS started a LINKS class this year with 12 students signed up for the 1st trimester supporting 5 students w/autism & 2 from CI classroom

  • By 3rd trimester supporting 15 students with over 30 HS students having been involved


Issues we have encountered
Issues we have encountered State of Michigan

  • With so many different groups, targeted students – who runs/oversees the groups

  • Implementing with fidelity – frequency of meetings and consistency (usually supporting most challenging students & are we giving enough support to supporting students)

  • Building capacity w/General Education staff and possibly going beyond just special education students being targeted/supported (? 504 students)


Plans for 2014 15
Plans for 2014 – 15 State of Michigan

  • At Elementary level – continue to move beyond Lunch/recess – 1 specific student already supported in class (refused lunch time) & have had some natural “spill over”

  • Middle School – starting a LINKS Encore class for 1 trimester (2 - 6 week classes – 48 min)

  • High School – have almost 70 students signed up for class already – looking to have go to elementary & possibly Early Childhood


Lapeer west high school lapeer community schools kickin butt since 2011

Lapeer West High School State of MichiganLapeer Community SchoolsKickin Butt Since 2011

Michelle Etson (Social Worker) and Matt Nowak (Biology Teacher – (Gotta Love the General Education Perspective)

Strangest Two-Some since the Disney’s

“The Fox and the Hound”


Lapeer west links

Lapeer West LINKS State of Michigan

What makes our program unique?


Field trips fundraising
Field trips/ Fundraising State of Michigan

  • We attend field trip is the community

    • Bear Lake Camp

    • Great Lakes Scavenger Hunt

    • Reading to elementary kids

    • Restaurants

    • Movie Night


Google docs
Google Docs State of Michigan

  • We switched from blogging to Google Docs

  • It is easier for the LINKS to access

  • No computer problems


Links summer camp
LINKS Summer Camp State of Michigan

  • Target students and mentor students

  • Worked on daily living skills-no room for diploma track kids

  • Every day the students were trained and then had to apply their knowledge

  • Banking, cooking, laundry, exercise, healthy eating, social media, job applications, job interviews, etc


Completely changed our building atmosphere
Completely changed our building atmosphere State of Michigan

  • Our ASD students were previously “managed” by paraprofessionals

  • With LINKS, it allowed the students to be seen as students

  • More awareness among the general education staff

  • After LINKS, our ASD students were treated more like celebrities, than the target for bullying

  • A parent overheard a conversation about her son between two students. They said “he’s pretty cool”. Something she has never heard from his peers


Murphy elementary school lapeer community schools kickin butt since 2011

Murphy Elementary School State of MichiganLapeer Community SchoolsKickin Butt Since 2011

Michelle Etson (Social Worker) and Matt Nowak (Biology Teacher – (Gotta Love the General Education Perspective)

Strangest Two-Some since the Disney’s

“The Fox and the Hound”


Lapeer elementary links

Lapeer Elementary State of MichiganLINKS

Murphy, Schickler, Mayfield, Lynch Turrill and Early Childhood (Lil’ LINKS)


What makes us awesome
What makes us Awesome State of Michigan

  • The amount of student mentors we have. One school has 75% student mentor participation! That’s awesome!


Our kids make our program special
Our kids make our program Special State of Michigan

  • A student’s perspective:

  • “Our LINKS program is special because we get to help kids with Autism and other kids. I like that we get to do that.”

    • She is writing a research paper on how LINKS impacts a student and their family

    • She has interviewed staff, students and parents

    • She plans to read her paper at graduation

    • She is graduating from 5th grade!


Links lego club
Links Lego club State of Michigan

  • Parent initiated LINKS Lego Club at Murphy Elementary

  • Monetary support from the Lapeer Kiwanis

  • Groups of 3 students communicating and problem solving-roles switch each week

  • 1 lunch session a week, 4 week sessions

  • We only started with 2 grades, we had over 50 kids sign up

  • Everything is awesome!


Links camp
LINKS camp State of Michigan

  • Some elementary schools offered a LINKS summer camp

    • Students focused on socialization and transition skills-we also threw in some reading, writing and crafts

    • Sessions ran twice a week for two weeks after school let out and two weeks before school began

    • Before school started, students toured their classroom again and their new teacher joined the camp for a period of time

    • There was a reduction in “beginning of the school year behavior” because they were already in the routine


Bay arenac isd north of the zilwaukee bridge

Bay Arenac ISD State of MichiganNorth of the Zilwaukee Bridge

Mark Lyons

Peer to Peer Support

In a Center Based Setting


Peer mediated programming

Peer Mediated Programming State of Michigan

Presented by Mark Lyons

http://goo.gl/4XeW73


About me
About Me State of Michigan

lMark Lyons-AI/EI teacher for BAISD

*Worked 7 years for the MCESA

*Worked 3 years at the Arnold Center

*Given this speech a number of times to intro level CMU/SVSU students, elementary, middle & high schools, administration, parent groups, summercamps


What about you
What about you? State of Michigan

Who am I talking to?


Agenda for the afternoon
Agenda for the afternoon State of Michigan

What Peer to Peer is

How to begin

What you need

Why it’s important to you & our future


What is p2p programming
What is P2P programming State of Michigan

The program involves general education and special education students interacting collaboratively in academic and social activities across educational environments within the school setting during school hours.


Mentors are
Mentors are... State of Michigan

Participants

Just kids

A clue to adults as to what goes on at that age

There to provide reminders or support as they would to any other any other student

There to learn how to appropriately help

There to learn about diversity


Mentors are not
Mentors are not... State of Michigan

To replace aids

Paid staff

There to tell students what to do


How to start
How to start State of Michigan


For real how to start
For real, how to start State of Michigan

1. Start small

2. Educate the peers. Safety & the truth. (Volunteers Needed)

3. Have a goal, could be as simple as a high five

4. Let go


Tried tested
Tried & Tested State of Michigan

  • Academic work- basic projects, worksheets, etc.

  • Gym activities-volleyball, bicycling, etc.

  • Having fun - school dances

  • Cooking activities- functional skills worked on

  • Float building- I would advise warmer climates

  • Job sites practice- job skills

  • Card games


Why State of Michigan

Socialization: the ability to interact socially with others

Independence: the ability to do something on your own


Activity
Activity State of Michigan

lWrite down 10 things you did this morning

Now, label them as:

S = Socialization task

I = Independence task

A = Academic task


Results
Results State of Michigan

What does that tell us?

SOCIALIZATION AND INDEPENDENCE ARE IMPORTANT!

Developing social skills requires having social experiences


Opportunities
Opportunities State of Michigan

Hoop Dreams


Impact
Impact State of Michigan


What you can t see
What you can't see State of Michigan

We do not question giving a toddler a book to work on reading skills even though he is far from developing that skill, so why do we question giving a child with ASD social experiences even though he/she might need years of experience to develop the skill?


Educating the future
Educating the Future State of Michigan

People often make fun or are scared of what they do not understand.

Telling the general education students about the students with special needs allows for successful interactions.

Knowledge is POWER!


Why State of Michigan

These individuals that we educate today will be future…

  • teachers

  • administrators

  • police officers

  • business owners

  • lawyers

  • nurses

  • doctors

  • governor

  • You get the picture


Questions
Questions State of Michigan

Next activity


Give me a hug
Give me a hug State of Michigan


Thank you
Thank You State of Michigan

Mark Lyons

[email protected]

http://goo.gl/4XeW73


Grand blanc schools genesee county you know flint

Grand Blanc Schools State of MichiganGenesee County – You Know Flint

Lindsey Harr-Smith – Social Worker

I Am Going to Make This Work Even if I Have to Talk to ISD Pupil Accounting Person

I WILL MAKE THIS HAPPEN…NO BARRIERS


Link program grand blanc lindsey smith link instructor

LINK Program: State of MichiganGrand BlancLindsey Smith - LINK Instructor


In our first year
In Our First Year… State of Michigan

  • 2013-2014: 35 LINKS (26 seniors)

  • 2014-2015: 37 LINKS

  • 3 Support Staff: Teacher of Record, LINK Instructor, Social Worker

  • LINK Days


In our first year continued
In Our State of MichiganFirst Year (continued)…

  • After one semester: General education teachers and students with ASD requested to have a LINK

  • Friendships beyond the classroom

  • Parent Feedback

  • Children’s Hero Award

  • Scholarship

  • 2 Mlive Articles

  • Board of Education

  • Sharing and getting the word out!


Check them out
Check them out…! State of Michigan


Pinckney community schools why do you spell your name so funny

Pinckney Community Schools State of MichiganWhy Do You Spell Your Name So Funny

Mary Peet


PATHFINDER SCHOOL State of Michigan

PINCKNEY, MI

7TH & 8TH GRADE



Awareness acceptance
Awareness & State of MichiganAcceptance

FOR TEACHERS

FOR STUDENTS

FOR EVERYONE!!!!!


SMALL IDEAS WITH BIG IMPACT State of Michigan

BUSINESS CARDS

T-SHIRTS

END OF YEAR AWARDS


Social skills practice
SOCIAL SKILLS PRACTICE State of Michigan


Avondale school district

Avondale School District State of Michigan

Bob Hart – Tank Top Bob

Renamed the LINK THINK TANK to the LINK DRINK TANK


Avondale middle school links

Avondale Middle School LINKS State of Michigan


Avondale links

  • Started two years ago. State of Michigan

  • Nine students supported at Avondale Middle School.

  • LINKS support students in the bus, GE class, SE class, Lunch, and Cross-Country.

Avondale LINKS


Avondale links1

  • LINKS are kept for the entire year. State of Michigan

  • Trainings are held every other week during lunch.

  • Autism Knowledge and strategies are highly utilized

  • Very low turnover rate.

Avondale LINKS


Generalization

Four Events a Year: State of Michigan

  • Field Trip to Zoo

  • Bowling Outing

  • Field Trip to DIA

  • Dairy Treat Trip

Generalization


Clawson public schools little district in oakland county

Clawson Public Schools State of MichiganLittle District in Oakland County

LisonnDelcamp– Teacher Consultant - Tenacity

Amy Hatto – Occupational Therapist – Make It Happen

Amazing Skills with Differentiated Output and Made Peer to Peer Support a Reality in Clawson Public Schools


Clawson public schools

Clawson Public Schools State of Michigan

LisonnDelcamp, ASD Teacher Consultant &

Amy Hatto, OTR/L


Kenwood elementary
Kenwood Elementary State of Michigan

LINK Club

Meets once a month

Focus on monthly themes and seasonal activities

Co-lead with ASD teacher and Social Worker

Supported by para-educators


Schalm elementary
Schalm State of Michigan Elementary

LINK in the Classroom

Meets weekly

Focus on socialization and fun activities

Supported by ASD classroom teacher


Clawson middle school
Clawson Middle School State of Michigan

  • LINK class for each grade level

  • Lead by ASD teachers

  • Typically 12-18 students in class including 4 students with ASD

  • Highlights:

    • Video Announcements: http://vimeo.com/channels/514003

    • VSA/DIA Art Project


Clawson high school
Clawson High School State of Michigan

Board Approved Curriculum

P2P Website


Community connections
Community Connections State of Michigan

Board Meeting

Community Conversation Committee C3 2015


Fraser Public Schools State of MichiganLittle Tiny District in Macomb Countyhttp://prezi.com/oiva80vmkjpw/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Jean DeBruyn – Probably START’S Biggest Believer – Heard Peer to Peer and went CRAZY – Got MSU Involved


Livonia public schools in the hub of wayne county

Livonia Public Schools State of MichiganIn the Hub of Wayne County

Mari MacFarland – Accreditation Approved in Wayne County – First District in Wayne County to Make this Happen – Kids Take the Class for Credit

Love that the District is Soooooo Big


Berrien resa only 2 hours from chicago are you kidding me

Berrien RESA – Only 2 Hours From Chicago – Are You Kidding Me

Dave Leonard – Upton School Teacher

Tracy Wagner – School Counselor

Data Collection Extraordinaire

Has Been Collecting Data Since the Inception of the Peer to Peer Support Program


David leonard jr

David Leonard Jr. Kidding Me

Upton Middle School P2P Teacher

Saint Joseph Public Schools


About me1
About Me Kidding Me

  • 20th year of teaching Middle School

  • M.Ed. Middle Level Education, At-Risk Specialist (GVSU)

  • For the last 10 years I have mentored 20-27 students per year in an At-Risk program known as “Academic Achievement” created from my Masters thesis at GVSU .

  • We have partnered with the Berrien County RESA ASD program for the last 9 years in a very successful P2P program.


Program highlights
Program Highlights Kidding Me

  • At-Risk students in my classes demonstrated a consistent 25-30% reduction in severe disciplinary incidents during the school year while participating in P2P between 2005-2014.

  • Academic performance improved for the majority of the At-Risk participants in P2P between 2005-2014.

  • Attendance rates improved for the majority of the At-Risk participants in P2P between 2005-2014.

  • Empathy improved for the majority of the At-Risk participants as measured by the VIA Signature Strength for Children scale from The University of Pennsylvania.


Ida public schools why don t we call ourselves ohio

Ida Public Schools Kidding MeWhy Don’t We Call Ourselves Ohio

Laurel Wetheford –

Sought Out At Risk Students to Make Peer to Peer Happen at Center Program


Reminder please fill out 3x5 cards before you take a break
Reminder Kidding MePlease fill out 3X5 Cards Before You Take a Break

  • On the 3X5 Cards, please list the three biggest barriers to the development and implementation of peer to peer support programs

  • Why are other districts not implementing Peer to Peer Support Programs

  • Top 3 Reasons Why

  • Please Leave Cards on Table


Break not really a break

Break Kidding MeNot Really a Break

Please Set Up Your Peer to Peer

Support Booth

Please See Melissa Kurek for Payment

Margie is here to help


Caf tables
Café Tables Kidding Me

  • N Name Tags – what the dots mean?

  • Cc Center of the tables – what the colors mean?

  • Specific Questions - timed

    Timed opportunities to brainstorm (?time)

    Assigned Facilitator - roles


Role of the table host
Role of the Table Host Kidding Me

  • Facilitate the conversation at your assigned table

    • Infuse energy!

    • Keep the conversation action-oriented!

    • Diffuse obstacles!

  • Assist participants in switching tables

  • Record and share ideas generated at your table


Caf tables1
Café Tables Kidding Me

  • Etiquette cards on each table…


Box lunches
Box Lunches Kidding Me


Game 3

Game #3 Kidding Me

Teams Each Select Two Persons from Their Team to Participate in Game 3

Two Participants Go To The Center Tables


Game 31
Game #3 Kidding Me


Elementary and secondary break out sessions
Elementary and Secondary Kidding MeBreak Out Sessions

  • Elementary Group – Room D, E

  • Secondary Group – Room C, F


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