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MEA-MFT Annual Conference - Helena, MT

  • Helena High School 1300 Billings Avenue Helena, MT, 59601 United States (map)

Join us at the Montana Education Association and the Montana Federation of Teachers conference for two Kaleidoscope Connect sessions. Find conference information at

Thursday, October 20
Increasing Student Resilience is Everyone's Job
2:00 - 2:50 PM - Room: Don 204

There are lots of pieces to the puzzle of student resilience and well-being, such as social-emotional learning and trauma-informed strategies. But, how does one pull it all together so that it makes sense for everyone? Discover the innovative research-based Integrative Youth Development (IYD) framework. It easily integrates with other programs and concepts, while offering a comprehensive and cohesive approach that stakeholders can understand — from students to counselors and teachers to families and community members. 

Friday, October 21
Amplifying Strengths in Youth: The Art of Teaching
10:00 - 11:50 AM - Band Room

The research is clear: focusing on what is right about kids is much more effective than focusing on what is wrong.  You will:

  • learn an effective strategy for amplifying youth strengths
  • learn the fundamentals of Integrative Youth Development (IYD)
  • try a new way to measure each youth’s unique developmental ecology blueprint
  • have fun interacting with other participants in games that engage our hearts and minds

Worrying about too many of your students falling through the cracks?  Learn more about helping kids succeed in school and in lift in general. In this session we will provide a brief overview of our model that supports the mitigation of ACEs and helps students become aware of how they can increase protective factors and reduce their engagement in risk behaviors. This workshop focuses on how we as adults have the power to guide and support our students to become aware of their developmental ecologies and teach them how build stronger webs of support.  

We will spend time looking at and assessing our own developmental ecologies and will introduce some hands-on games with the goal of identifying and amplifying students’ strengths.  The games provide a means for connecting with kids to help them be the change they want to see in the world.

Earlier Event: October 5
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Later Event: October 21
MEA-MFT Annual Conference - Helena, MT