Hawk Support Academy

Hawk Support Academy

Introducing the first annual Hawk Support Academy,

a professional development day for Shawano Schools support staff!

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

7:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.


7 to 7:30 a.m.

7:30 to 8 a.m.

8:15 to 9:20 a.m.

9:30 to 10:35 a.m.

10:45 to 11:50 a.m.

12:45 to 1:50 p.m.

2 to 3:05 p.m.


Opening Session

Breakout 1

Breakout 2

Breakout 3


Breakout 4

Breakout 5

This is a paid professional development day of work (attendance is optional). Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Register here for your 5 breakout sessions by May 20. See session descriptions below. 

Conscious Discipline

Instructor: Terri Schultz

Conscious Discipline integrates social-emotional learning, discipline and teaches children self-regulation skills. Adults will spend less time policing behaviors and more time teaching vital life skills. Conscious Discipline addresses the adults emotional intelligence as well as the child's and helps adults respond to conflicts with students in a way that teaches rather than punishes.

Incorporating Trauma Sensitive Practices

Instructor: Jody Guenther

Participants will learn valuable information to help children whose learning has been adversely impacted by trauma.  We will be focus on trauma-informed practices and crisis de-escalation strategies to use with children who are experiencing crisis/trauma.

You will be able to:

  • Understand in a new way how and why children are neurologically hardwired with a mastery motivation that drives them to learn and achieve.

  • Learn about the impact of crisis/trauma on development and functioning of children’s brains, motivations and well-being.

  • Learn some basic approaches to “turning back on” executive functioning in children that have experienced crisis/trauma.


Yoga and Mindfulness for Children and Adolescents: Proven Self-Regulation and Trauma-Informed Strategies

Instructor: Kasey Keup

Participants will learn trauma-informed yoga (relaxation) strategies and mindfulness techniques for children and adolescents with ADHD, autism, trauma and sensory issues and kids who have difficulty managing emotions, following directions, completing daily tasks, socializing and communication. Research has shown that learning mindfulness and yoga reduces stress and improves attention, self-control and confidence. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and bring along a yoga mat if possible.

You will be able to:

  • Implement strategies for: completing tasks, managing emotions, increasing attention, communicating and meeting challenges.

  • Reduce trauma, anxiety, and depression with guided imagery.

  • Regulate emotions with breathing techniques and reduce impulsive behaviors.

  • Build self-regulation, self-esteem and confidence.


Supporting Students with Autism

Instructor: Dee Dee Koehler

Be a social detective! Students on the autism spectrum perceive the world through a different glass. Learn how to think about their thinking and read the clues to understand their behavior. Gain knowledge in how to detect social misunderstandings and sensory issues. Learn specific strategies for behavior regulation, de-escalation, and academic success.  

Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills

Instructor: Sheryl Melotik

A quick overview of what Executive Function looks like and strategies will be shared to help support the learner with EF needs. These needs include supporting emotional control, focus and attention, planning, working memory and organization.

Intro to Google Drive and File Management

Instructor: Brian Johnson

Would you like to learn how to use google?  Have you ever wished you had more time to organize your files, clean out your H drive?  If so Intro to Google is the course for you.
You will be able to:

  • Share documents.

  • Convert files from Microsoft to Google.

  • Know how to manage files in a more efficient way using folders.

  • Learn how to manage email in a more efficient way using folders and calendars.

Working with Challenging Students

Instructor: Karen Smith, Lamont Houston

Appropriate for paraprofessionals working all grade levels. The Bad news: Behavior sometimes escalates! The Good news: Behavior typically escalates in a “fairly” predictable way. Participants in this sectional will learn the stages that typically occur when a challenging student acts out. Participants will learn how and when to interact with challenging students when they are in the various stages of the escalation continuum.  

Upon sectional completion the participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of how nonviolent/verbal crisis intervention fits within the culture of PBIS in their building and each classroom.

  • Learn/identify reasons why a student may be acting out.

  • Learn/identify how to recognize potential disruptive behavior “before” it escalates.

  • Learn how to speak and interact with students at various points in a behavior escalation.