Wabash Valley Education Center

Virtual Behavior Retreat: *SPARKing Up Best Behavior - Recording!

Are you ready for a full day of learning with Kevin Dill, Jessica Harris, Deanna Nibarger, Shannon Anderson, Phyllinga Jackson & Sheila Dennis? How about a Keynote from Brian Mendler author of That One Kid? Join WVEC's SPARK Retreat this year to not only relax and learn new tips to meet student needs in your classroom, but SPARK up & refine your behavior toolbox! Our topics will include helping students develop a positive mindset, moving forward with neuroplasticity research, handling student anger & aggression, and so much more! Don't miss out on one of our favorite events! The entire day is recorded and sent to you to view at your convenience - no sub needed!
Topics Include:
SEL Strategies to Build Community with Melissa Fresch
Read Alouds & Tools for SEL Support with Shannon Anderson
Regulate & Return: Behavioral Support Response System. with Jessica Harris
Routines, Procedures, & Connection with Deanna Niebarger
Plus More with Brian Mendler, Phyllinga Jackson, Sheila Dennis, Shannon Anderson, Kevin DIll, & SunShine Waber!


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Brian Mendler
Brian Mendler has extensive experience working with challenging students in general ed, self-contained, and inclusion settings. He provides staff development training for K-12 educators throughout the world with the focus on how to be successful with even the most difficult students. He trains tens of thousands of educators every year and is a highly regarded dynamic speaker. Educators love his seminars, because he is able to provide strategies that work immediately for today’s youth.

Brian has recently authored a book titled, Watch Your Mouth. This book provides easy to use strategies for preventing and responding to difficult, disruptive, defiant, and unmotivated behavior. He is also the author of the best seller That One Kid, 2nd Edition and has also co-authored four books titled, Strategies for Successful Classroom ManagementPower StrugglesTIPS for Teachers and the newest book, Turning Tough Parents into Strong PartnersThe books provide practical, in-depth ideas for working with unmotivated and disruptive students.

Deanna Nibarger is the Social and Emotional Behavior Coach in MSD Washington Township. She attended Indiana University for undergrad and earned a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. Recently, she earned Masters in Educational School Leadership and a Neuroscience Certificate from Butler University in Indianapolis. Deanna has worked in resource, life-skills, intensive-intervention self-contained, and general education classroom settings. Her work in educational neuroscience began in 2013 with Dr. Lori Desautels, professor at Butler University. The two collaborated in her 5th grade classroom and brought these strategies to life with great success. Deanna continues to integrate this work throughout her district and around the country and is excited to share this framework with each one of you.

Jessica Harris
Jessica Harris is a Title I Teacher at Mayflower Mill Elementary School in Lafayette, Indiana; one of the schools in the Tippecanoe School Corporation.  She was named TSC Teacher of the Year for 2020!  She has served as the CLIMB teacher providing intensive social and emotional instruction tailored to her students. Jessica has been with TSC for 16 years and holds a bachelor of arts degree from Purdue University.

Kevin Dill - During his tenure in education, he has served as a special education teacher, public school Principal, and Director of Special Education.  An internationally renowned educator and popular speaker, he offers practical instructional strategies to help all students learn.  Kevin is known across the country for his innovative and researched based strategies designed to eliminate chronic disruptive behavior and improve student performance in the classroom.  He is a specialist in the area of student behavior with over 20 years of teaching experience.  Kevin has authored several education resources including the Most Powerful Solutions to Eliminating Chronic Disruptive Behavior in Your Classroom.

Kevin has trained thousands of teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents. He serves as the primary Educational Consultant for multiple school districts and corporations. With tons of humorous real-life stories and current research, he will share the most powerful and practical strategies that master level teachers use to reach and teach chronically disruptive students. 

Melissa Fresch

Melissa has been an elementary school teacher for 22 years. She graduated from Purdue in 1998, then went on to get her Masters and her 6th year. She pursued licenses in Gifted and Talented, as well as English as a Second Language. Melissa was born and raised in Frankfort, Indiana and has taught there all 22 years. She has taught kindergarten, 1st grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and this is her 5th year as an ESL teacher. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana with her husband Chris and their two children Ben and Addie. In her free time she love traveling, hiking, and being outdoors.

Phyllinga Jackson
Hello, I'm Phyllinga! I live in Rochester, Indiana where beef cows, corn and soybeans are my closest neighbors. I am currently an ELL teacher at Franklin Elementary School in Logansport, Indiana. I have been an educator for seven years where I have been a newcomers teacher and taught various grades including 1st, 3rd and 5th grade remotely. When I am not in the classroom, I am creating centerpieces as a wedding planner or exploring new outdoor wonders with my 3 year daughter, Ava-Grace! I am passionate about my family, students and my own professional development as a lifelong learner. I enjoy all things tech and harnessing creativity. My educational philosophy is a quote by Rita Pierson that states , "Every child deserves a champion- an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."



Sheila Dennis
Dr. Sheila Dennis is a faculty member at Indiana University School of Social Work (IUSSW) where she leads the Master of Social Work Schools Specialization through curriculum development, scholarship, and teaching. Possessing a Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. in social work, Dr. Dennis has invested over 20 years into social work practice, policy, and research that promotes the social functioning of individuals, families, and communities. She has taught undergraduate and graduates social work courses at IUSSW, Anderson University, and Royal Holloway University of London. Dr. Dennis’ agenda includes integrating human development sciences into learning approaches and trauma responsive practices for education settings. Drawing from her research, Dr. Dennis recently created the Integrative Model for Applied Educational Neuroscience. Dr. Dennis is passionate about supporting youth who experience exceptional life stressors and collaborates with community stakeholders to advocate for evidence-informed interventions.

SunShine Waber
SunShine Waber has taught for 25 years in various teaching positions including preschool, kindergarten, special education, social work, and teacher mentoring. She currently teaches Kindergarten at Mayflower Mill Elementary. She teaches with the whole child in mind:  physical, social, and academic development and is trained in Trauma Informed practices and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. 

Multiple Presenters


Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Time: This recording will be sent to you at 7:30 AM to be viewed at your convenience

Location: Recording


Cost: $150/Service Center Member or $300/District not belonging to a Service Center*

This is a WVEC Title III Consortium Eligible Workshop!

*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana Educational Service Center (ESC). Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee.

**See cancellation policy below

Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 3/8/2023 5:00 PM EST



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Wabash Valley Education Center
3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906