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Victory Over Violence 2011

Family Resource and Youth Services Centers and Schools of the 21st Century present

2011 National Conference
Victory Over Violence: Making a Difference Together 
July 20-22, 2011

Join us for the first-ever collaborative conference between Yale School of the 21st Century and the Kentucky Family Resource and Youth Services Centers.

The conference is a leadership- and staff-development conference for educators interested in:

  • Schools of the 21st Century
  • Family Resource and Youth Services Centers
  • The whole child approach
  • Education and health
  • Social, emotional and academic learning
  • Research and practice on child-pet interactions
  • Upcoming re-authorization of ESEA and its implications for schools, neighborhoods and communities working to achieve student success
  • Violence-prevention measures

Why Attend Victory Over Violence?

  • Choose from more than 40 sessions
  • Network with colleagues from around the country
  • Learn about new programs
  • Find out about innovative educational approaches
  • Explore the link between children and pets

Registration deadline is July 5, 2011.
Discounted rates end May 31, 2011.

Skill-building and seminar sessions

  • The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum: Calm, Confident and Caring Kids
  • Anti-bullying
  • Creating a positive school climate
  • School-based mental health
  • The media’s influence on students
  • The Mutt-i-gree® puppet in the classroom: Hands-on activities
  • Self injury
  • Communicating with difficult people
  • Educational and health benefits of pets
  • Suicide awareness
  • New classroom-based health initiatives
  • Home visit safety
  • Emerging developments in parent involvement and after-school care
  • Engaging parents in their child’s education through fun literacy and math activities
  • Closing the achievement gap through parenting education

What is the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum?

Girl Reading to DogThe Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum is an innovative program that builds on children’s affinity for animals and highlights the unique characteristics and desirability of Mutt-i-grees®. The Curriculum teaches children to be calm, confident and caring and focuses on social and emotional skills that are linked to brain development and academics. In a series of easily implemented lessons, children learn these critical skills that will help them in school, at home, and later in the workplace and in their interactions with people and, of course, with animals. Also featured in the Curriculum are lessons on dog behavior developed with TV’s Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan.

North Shore Animal League America’s Mobile Adoption Unit

North Shore Animal League America's Mobile Animal Adoption UnitNorth Shore Animal League America’s Mobile Adoption Unit will be at the Galt House hotel July 21 and July 22, as part of the VOV conference. The climate-controlled Mobile Adoption Unit allows potential adopters to walk through and see a diverse group of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens from the local shelter. Stop by and visit the many pets waiting to be adopted.

Conference Information and Registration

Conference Location

The conference will be held at Galt House Hotel and Suites
 in downtown Louisville.

140 N. Fourth St, Louisville, KY 40202
(800) THE-GALT,  (502) 589-5200.

Special event rates: Ask to reserve accommodations for Victory Over Violence Conference

$139 for the Suite Tower Room or $119 for a Rivue Tower Room
Must be booked by July 15, 2011.

Online room reservations and further information

Conference Agenda


Best Practices Poster Session

Exhibitor Contract

Speakers and Pre-conference Sessions

Keynote Speakers

Jim Hinson

Jim Hinson 
Jim Hinson began his career in education 28 years ago.  He has served as superintendent for 15 years, nine of those in the Independence, Missouri School District.  Dr. Hinson has gained national recognition for innovative approaches to early education, his fearless support of the whole child, and for unique collaborations with city, county, faith-based and private organizations.  Since becoming Superintendent of the Independence School District in 2002, he has expanded early education and before-and-after school programs throughout the district and forged a partnership with Yale University to fight childhood obesity.  He directed a novel approach with the state cutting the rate of child abuse in the district in half.  In 2008, Hinson led the largest school annexation in Missouri history, transferring nearly 3,000 students from a struggling neighboring district to the Independence School District.  Dr. Hinson serves as Chairman of the Board of the University of Missouri’s Hook Center for Educational Leadership, the Missouri Partnership for Education Renewal, and is the immediate past president of the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City. In 2010, the University Council for Educational Administration awarded Hinson the National Educational Leadership Award.

Patrick Henry Hughes

Patrick Henry HughesWhat's holding you back? What's keeping you from reaching your full potential?

Patrick is a remarkable young man. Born without eyes or the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs he is unable to walk. Additionally, Patrick has two surgically placed steel rods to correct scoliosis.

Despite circumstances that may seem overwhelming, Patrick has overcome physical issues to excel as a musician and student. Patrick started playing the piano at 9 months old and now sings and plays the trumpet. He even participates in the University of Louisville Marching Band with help from his father, Patrick John Hughes, who maneuvers his wheelchair through the formations with the more than 220 members of the Cardinal Marching Band. Patrick is usually a straight-A student, having received only three Bs during primary school and college. He graduated from UofL magna cum laude with a degree in Spanish.

A virtuoso pianist, vocalist and trumpet player, Patrick has won or placed near the top in numerous competitions and has received awards acknowledging his triumph over challenges achieve his successes. He has been featured on television programs on ABC, CBS, CSTV, ESPN, FOX and NBC, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Today, Million Dollar Round Table and The Grand Ole Opry as well as in People, Sports Illustrated and Star magazines, among others.

Patrick has made public appearances across the country, including California, New York, Illinois, Texas and Florida and has performed in Asia, Canada, South America and Europe. His first book, I am Potential, is currently available in several languages. He has recorded two CDs.

Guy Doud

DoudGuy Doud grew up and graduated from high school in Staples, Minn. He then graduated summa cum laude from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., in 1975. Guy moved to Brainerd, Minn., where he was employed by the Brainerd School District as a language arts teacher. There, in 1986 he was chosen from more than 2.5 million teachers to receive the highest award the education profession offers, the annual National Teacher of the Year for the United States of America. He was honored at a ceremony at the White House by then-President Ronald Reagan. This achievement placed Guy Doud in the national spotlight, where he has addressed hundreds of groups since. In 1989 he was a main platform speaker for the Million Dollar Roundtable and was rated one of its top speakers of all time. He has addressed the national conventions of the Rural Electric Association, the National School Board Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Guy Doud's message focuses on the basics of life: love, family, relationships, success and dreaming dreams. His message has universal appeal to all audiences because he speaks about matters of the heart. Guy has published five award-winning books, including the best seller Molder of Dreams, along with the videos Teacher of the Year and Classroom of the Heart. Guy Doud received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Judson College in 1992. He lives in Baxter, Minn.

Preconference Options: Wednesday, July 20, 8-11 a.m.

Option A: FRYSC Bus Tour

No charge, limited space
Showcasing Kentucky Family Resource and Youth Services Centers, two tours will depart at 8 a.m. to visit local centers. Participants may choose between visiting Family Resource Centers, which serve students in elementary schools, or Youth Services Centers, serving middle and/or high schools. This hands-on experience will allow you to see the largest state-funded school-based family support program in the United States.

Option B: Anti-Bullying Workshop with Kaye Randall, LISW-CP

Cost is $25.
Mean Girls/Mean Boys and the Hero Within: Creative Strategies and Activities In Reducing RA/Bullying/Cyberbullying and Empowering the Bystander looks at the impact of RA, bullying and cyberbullying on students and explore reproducible strategies and activities for reducing RA and bullying behaviors. Individual, slassroom and schoolwide strategies will be discussed.

Kaye Randall is the author of Mean Girls: 101, Creative Strategies in Working with Relational Aggression, See My Pain: Creative Strategies for Helping Young People Who Self-Injure and 102 Creative Strategies for Working with Depressed Children and Adolescents. She also is co-owner and director of Turning Point Counseling in West Columbia, S.C.

A licensed clinical social worker in private practice, she provides clinical services to children and adolescents in outpatient and inpatient settings. She works with many children and adolescents who exhibit challenging behaviors such as relational aggression and bullying as well as the victims of this behavior. Randall also is a training and development director at the University of South Carolina.

Randall has inspired seminar participants through her practical insights and proactive caring strategies in helping children and adolescents. She has led professional seminars throughout the US and Canada on topics such as relational aggression, self injury, depression in youth and youth subcultures.


Last Updated 8/19/2011