January 18-20, 2018
Embassy Suites Resort & Convention Center
Myrtle Beach, SC

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 * Pre-Conference Sessions

 * 50+ Breakout Sessions

 * Exhibit Hall

 * Lunch Provided on Friday

 * Door Prizes

FRIDAY, January 19th   ~   Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Dr. John Hodge

Be the One!

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. John W. Hodge's career has been defined by assisting students and teachers with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. He has served as an inspirational speaker across the United States and has been a guest lecturer at Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University and George Washington University. Dr. Hodge is a trained facilitator for the (SREB) Leadership Initiative Modules "Leading Assessment and Instruction" and "Creating a High Performance Learning Culture", and a trained assessor and facilitator in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) "Developing the 21st Century Principal" program.

Dr. Hodge is the president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Hodge as he presents BE THE ONE! He will discuss how the education of America's youth is a challenging prospect when one considers the many burdens faced by impoverished children and their families. Research indicates that poverty need not be a barrier to academic excellence. As co-author of the book Standing in the Gap, Dr. Hodge states, "Across the nation, schools are demonstrating that it can be done: That students can reach high standards, that all children can succeed, that the gap between white and minority students, poor and affluent, can be closed." More often than not, one caring adult can make all the difference in the world. Dr. Hodge's presentation will encourage all of us to BE THE ONE!


THURSDAY, January 18th   ~   2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Pre-Conference Learning Sessions include additional opportunities for more professional development and CEU contact hours. The sessions generally cover more in-depth information and allow more opportunity for discussion. These sessions are not included in the conference registration fee. Sessions are at a minimal fee. Space is limited for all sessions. Interested participants are encouraged to register early. 

All Pre-Conference sessions are being held at the same time, so you may only choose onesession to attend.

Amie Dean

Behavior Interventions that Work

SPEAKER BIO: Amie Dean, M.Ed., B.A. has worked in education for 21 years. She has experience teaching at all levels, and has taught both special and general education. She was with Fulton County Schools (GA) for ten years, four of which she provided support to teachers and students as the Student Support / RTI Coordinator for her middle school. She holds a Masters degree in Education and is Nationally Board Certified as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. With 21 years experience as an educator and 10 years as a professional consultant, Amie has worked with thousands of teachers,counselors and administrators in over 250 districts to improve best practices in behavior support, student engagement, and differentiated instruction. Amie has trained with Dr. Rick DuFour, Dr. Kay Burke, Dr.Spencer Kagan, Dr. Ruby Payne, and many others.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Amie as she presents Behavior Interventions that Work. Do you have a plan for what you will do when a student doesn’t comply with your request the first time? Second time? How about the third time? Do you go home tired and exhausted from frustration? This presentation will guide you in developing a thorough, preventative plan for handling issues from low level distractions to serious/chronic behaviors. This is a practical, hands-on presentation filled with concrete steps you can use the next day to help students and yourself.


Robert Jamison

The Growing World of Section 504

SPEAKER BIO: Robert Jamison is currently the Coordinator of School Counseling Services at the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. He has numerous years of experience as a School Counselor and also as a Guidance Department Chair. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia and his Master of Science in Education in School Counseling from Old Dominion University. Robert has spoken at numerous state and national conferences.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Robert as he presents The Growing World of Section 504. Topics presented in this session will include a review of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008,Section 504 eligibility requirements, a school district’s responsibility to implement a comprehensive Section 504 program, and “best practices” to consider. Participants will engage in individual, small and large group activities throughout the presentation. Resources will be made available.The pre-conference session will include the following: 

  1. Section 504 eligibility explained: What to review and who is Technically Eligible? 
  2. Section 504 rules and regulations to consider: Documenting Section 504 decisions
  3. Difficult Section 504 issues and scenarios 
Throughout each section of the pre-conference session, participants will be encouraged to share current practices and collaborate with professional peers.


Kaye Randall

See My Pain: You Can Make a Difference
Helping All Educators Understand and Help Students Engaging in Self-Injurious Behavior

SPEAKER BIO: Kaye Randall, MSW, LISW-CP, is a clinical therapist, author and speaker. She is co-owner and director of Turning Point Counseling in West Columbia, South Carolina. She is the co-author of See My Pain, Mean Girls and 102 Strategies & Activities in Working with Depressed Children &Adolescents

Kaye leads professional seminars on topics effecting youth throughout the US and Canada such as critical mental health needs in schools, self-injury, and more. She has inspired seminar participants through her humor, practical insights and proactive strategies. She also shares leadership strategies designed to create ownership in one’s life,leading to better outcomes for students, faculty and staff. In addition to leading school workshops, Kaye loves a really strong cup of coffee in the morning and she’s the very proud mother of an amazing daughter!

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Kaye as she presents See My Pain.This workshop will help participants better understand and respond to self-injury and other self-destructive behaviors using research-based, best-practice approaches to self-injury. During this research-based session, Kaye will teach innovative approaches educators may use in the school setting to create a wellness path for students, in and out of the classroom. These strategies are designed to help students understand and master their interpretations and choices to help them live more connected and powerful lives. These topics will be discussed: 

  1. Underlying reasons for these harmful and addictive behaviors 
  2. The “Power of Interpretation” as a strategy 
  3. Getting Grounded in Context Setting 
  4. Important “Do’s and Don’ts” when responding to suspected or observed self-injury in young people 
  5. Intervention Mapping: Helping young people acknowledge and address their self-injurious behavior
  6. How to design a “Comfort Kit” to be used by the student in a school/home setting 
  7. “Healing Hands” Activity- an individualized guided imagery/ relaxation technique 
  8. Other Creative Impactful Strategies in helping students who self-injure


Tentative Schedule


1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.

Registration Open

Exhibits Open

Pre-Conference Learning Session

PSSCA Board Dinner and Meeting

Registration Opens

Exhibits Open

Opening Kickoff Session

Break - Visit Exhibitors

Breakout (Program) Session One

Break - Visit Exhibitors

Breakout (Program) Session Two

Break - Visit Exhibitors

Lunch and Keynote Speaker – Dr. John Hodge

Break - Visit Exhibitors

Breakout (Program) Session Three

Break - Visit Exhibitors

Breakout (Program) Session Four

Break - Visit Exhibitors

Breakout (Program) Session Five

President’s Reception (Coastal Grill - Hotel Lobby)

Exhibits Open

Breakout (Program) Session Six

Break - Visit Exhibitors

Breakout (Program) Session Seven

Break - Final Chance to Visit Exhibitors

Final Closing Celebration - Awards Ceremony,
Annual Meeting, Closing PowerPoint Show & Door Prizes!

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FULL CONFERENCE - Attend Both Days (January 19-20)   
  PSSCA Member  * Non-Member Graduate Student* /
Early Register**
(by November 15)
$109 $159 $69
Regular Registration
(after November 15)
$129 $179 $89

*You must be a current PSSCA Member to receive the Member Price. 

**To qualify for the Early Registration Rate, your registration form  AND payment (copy of your purchase order, check, or credit card) must be received or postmarked by the Early Registration cutoff date.

  PSSCA Member  * Non-Member
1.  Behavior Interventions
    That Work
    Amie Dean
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2. The Growing World of
    Section 504

    Robert Jamison
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Regular Registration (after 11/15):    

Early Registration** (by 11/15): 

Regular Registration (after 11/15): 

3. See My Pain:
    You Can Make a Difference

    Kaye Randall
Early Registration** (by 11/15): 
Regular Registration (after 11/15): 
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*You must be a current PSSCA Member to receive the Member Price. 

**To qualify for the Early Registration Rate, your registration form  AND payment (copy of your purchase order, check, or credit card) must be received or postmarked by the Early Registration cutoff date.”

While attending the PSSCA Conference, stay at the beautiful Kingston Plantation properties!

Reserve your hotel room today! Limited Availability. Call 1-800-876-0010

Choose either the
Embassy Suites by Hilton™ Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort
or the Kingston Plantation Condos, Villas and Lodges

(Both are adjacent to where the conference will be held.)

To make hotel reservations:
All events of the Conference will be located in the Convention Center. Standard rooms at the hotel may be reserved at the special conference rate of $88 per night (plus tax and resort fee of $13.99). Make your reservations by calling the hotel directly at 1-800-876-0010, and refer to the proper code (see below) to receive this rate. The conference rate includes a full, cooked-to-order breakfast and an evening Manager’s Reception.

CALL: (800) 876-0010

  • For the Embassy Suites Resort, use code: PSC.

  • For the Kingston Plantation Condos, Villas and Lodges, use code: PAL.


Please Note: This rate is good on reservations made by January 3, 2018. Rooms are limited, and may fill up before January 3rd cutoff.

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