ACE PIR day 2020

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  • PIR day 2020
    September 28, 2020
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Updated: The ACE PIR day will be live streamed to your school.  Teachers can gather in smaller groups that are appropriate for group processing. Details will be sent in mid-September.

If you are a school administrator in the ACE consortium wishing to purchase PIR seats, please use this link:

Speakers 2020 – all participants will hear both speakers

Morning session:

Michael McKnight: Creating Resilient Environments in our Classrooms and Schools-  Safety, Connections, Coping Skills for all students

Michael McKnight is currently an educational specialist for the New Jersey Department of Education working in the Cape May County Office.  Michael works closely with the 16 school districts in the county and is involved with a wide range of school district issues.  

Prior to joining the department of education Michael had 24 years experience in schools.  He was a special education teacher for 13 years working and learning with emotionally and behaviorally troubled adolescents.  He taught in 3 states: Pennsylvania, Arizona & New Jersey. Michael also was an administrator at Atlantic County Special Services School District for 10 years and was responsible for the programming for troubled students, ages 5 thru 21 years, removed from the local school district.  

Michael has a passion for creating and supporting Reclaiming Environments for “at-risk” children and youth as well as the adults who serve them. He currently provides professional development to schools.  His current focus is joining with schools to create school level “Resiliency Teams” with a focus on school districts working with children and youth who carry into school toxic levels of stress. The resiliency teams are designed to turnkey training in schools and move them toward becoming trauma responsive. 

Michael is a senior trainer for the Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) Institute.  LSCI is an advanced therapeutic strategy for helping challenging students.  He has been involved with program and staff development for over 30 years.  

Michael along with his colleague and friend, Dr. Lori Desautels,  is the coauthor of 2 books: Unwritten- The Story of A Living System  about school transformation and their most recent work,  Eyes Are Never Quiet- Listening Beneath the Behaviors of Our Most Troubled Students to be published January 2019. 

Michael is also an adjunct professor at Stockton University teaching Inclusive Learning in Education.  He views himself, not as an expert, but as a learner and a teacher who has always enjoyed building strength based cultures with others.

Afternoon session:

Dr. Laurie Barron – Evergreen, MT – Online Learning

Dr. Laurie Barron is in her twenty-third year in education, serving as a high school English teacher, a middle school assistant principal, and nine years as a middle school principal.  Since 2013, she has served as the superintendent of the Evergreen School District in Kalispell, Montana.  Barron holds a BSEd in English Education from the University of Georgia, an MEd in Supervision and Administration from the University of West Georgia, and an EdS and EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota.  She also studied abroad at Oxford University.  She holds National Superintendent Certification through AASA, is a National Board Certified Teacher, was honored as Teacher of the Year and STAR Teacher, and is the 2013 NASSP/MetLife National Middle School Principal of the Year.  Barron co-authored Middle School: A Place to Belong and Become (2017) and What Parents Need to Know about Common Core and Other College- and Career-Ready Standards (2015) as well as numerous education articles.  Barron is a national speaker who provides motivation and professional learning to teachers and administrators through promoting student engagement and voice, shared leadership, data-driven decision making, standards-based assessment, and inclusive teaching and learning environments. Most importantly, Barron believes that building relationships with staff and students while celebrating what staff and students do right is the key to success in any school.



Zoom meeting link will be sent one week prior to event.