This interactive workshop is for those dedicated to supporting and empowering youth who are at risk of dropping out of school and/or becoming involved in the criminal justice system. Learn how stressful situations, trauma, and a poor sense-of-self impairs physiological systems and affects learning and behavior. Participate in hands-on activities that account for youths' lived experiences and value what they bring to school. Discover how to facilitate early-warning systems for detecting signs of distress and identifying factors that may trigger inappropriate or antisocial behavior. Explore novel approaches that foster a proactive, preventative, and strengths-based approach to re-engaging youth in school and restore their sense of hope for the future.
- Identify factors that contribute to youth engagement in high-risk behavior.
- Understand alternative frameworks that support youth who are at-risk of school failure and involvement in the criminal justice system.
- Apply a restorative justice model in home, school, and community.
Dr. Pinky Miller, was educated through the public school system. She attended Paterson Eastside High School, depicted in the 1989 movie, Lean on Me. Dr. Miller received her MA degree in counseling and school guidance from Montclair State University and her PhD from Georgia State University. In her book, Life After Lean on Me, she shares her life experiences and research by articulating the impact that Mr. Joe Clark (the controversial principal played by Morgan Freeman in the film) had on the students, teachers, and administration during his tenure at Eastside High School. She is the executive producer of the forthcoming documentary, Know Our Story, which chronicles the successes and failures of Mr. Joe Clark’s kids. Dr. Miller has over eighteen years of experience working in higher education and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Dr. Leslie Novosel is an assistant professor in the department of special education and the Center for Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i. Concerned with issues of social justice and inclusive education, her research focuses on improving outcomes for youth with disabilities at risk of school failure. Dr. Novosel teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in special education and inclusion, disability and culture, language and literacy, and grant development She has collaborated with nationally recognized scholars and research scientists to implement school wide change models founded on inclusionary practices, positive behavioral supports, social and emotional learning, and evidence-based literacy practices.