Conference Focus Topics:

Chronic Absenteeism in our Schools ~ Law Enforcement & School Partnerships ~ Alternatives to Suspension ~ School Culture & Climate & Academic Success ~ Tier 1 & Tier 2 Literacy Instruction ~ Special Education & General Education Collaboration ~ Challenging Behaviors & De-escalation ~ Suicide Assessment & Safety Plans ~ Early Onset & Signs of Mental Health ~ MTSS & a Child’s Narrative  ~  Play Based Learning & Nature Play ~ The Power of Change ~ Cultural Competency, Self Awareness & the Intercultural Development Inventory ~ Restorative Practices: From the Classroom to the Office Executive Functioning: Autism Disorder & ADHD

Why this Conference

Why this Conference

The landscape of educational needs is ever-evolving, bringing forth fresh challenges for educators and service providers daily. To effectively serve our districts, schools, classrooms, staff, families and students, it is imperative that we continuously evolve our methods of communication, guidance, resources and practices within the educational system.

Embark on a transformative educational journey with us at the Whole Child Compass Conference, taking place online on March 16, 2024. 

These synchronous and asynchronous sessions are designed for early educators, elementary, middle and secondary educators, school and district administrators, special education staff, educational support staff, higher education, service providers, clinicians, community organizations, school boards, coaches, deans, social workers and more!  This conference is centered around the whole school community and whole child approach.

Join the Whole Child Compass Conference to:

  • Experience a multitude of key professional development sessions from over 15 skilled professionals that move you beyond the surface and into resourceful best practices aligned to student-centered work. 
  • Understand and implement the fundamental components of a comprehensive Handle With Care safety framework between law enforcement, school districts, and schools for student support and preparedness when a child has been exposed to a traumatic event within the home or community. 
  • Learn effective alternatives to suspension that reduce OSS and ISS numbers through restorative practices and strategies.
  • Foster a deeper understanding and application of social, emotional, and behavioral wellness through play-based learning and nature play.  
  • Learn positive behavior interventions, strategies, and de-escalation techniques to work with students experiencing trauma, challenging behaviors, and signs of early mental health issues.  
  • Collaborate with a special education expert to talk IEPs, special services, systems and the whole-child, whole-school approach.  
  • Fulfill PELSB renewal requirements, earn 20+ relicensure clock hours and BOSA certificate availability for administrators.  
  • Engage in the live Whole Child Compass Conference and beyond, with continued access to all session recordings, trainer networking opportunities, and extensive resources as guiding foundations in your collective work and strategic plans through June 15, 2024.  
  • Prepare to conclude the Whole Child Compass Conference feeling reignited, resourceful, and ready to meet students where they’re at, equipped with new, actionable content, collegiate connections and strategies and tools for you to share.

Our focus is on adult practices, equity, belonging, and research-based strategies and interventions to utilize in our work with students each and every day.  This professional learning conference is built for you! 

Keynote Speaker

“The Energy for Change”

Robert “Bucky” Flores, is the current coordinator of Rochester Public School’s Launching
Emerging Adults Program (LEAP). Raised in a multicultural home with diverse childhood
and adult experiences, Bucky, has been described as a connector with an observational
and analytic approach to collaborative planning and problem solving. With a combined 17 years “in the arena” of therapeutic residential programming, wilderness therapy, outdoor education, outdoor play, and public school settings, Bucky has experienced and witnessed the energy for change.  As a lifelong learner and self-described naive, optimistic, humanist, Bucky is an advocate for research supported changes that invite learning.

Influenced by personal experiences, professional growth, teamwork and patience, “The
Energy for Change,” is an invitation for audience members to consider change, the challenges of doing things differently, the energy needed to do so, and the collective power of the energy around us.

Mr. Flores’ keynote was one of the most impactful sessions I experienced at a previous conference. He has a way of connecting on an emotional level with his audience. His story and work brings you to a place of self reflection in our role and work with today’s students. ‘The Energy For Change’ leaves you with a deeper connectedness to humanity and hope that you will want to bring back to your school, team & organization.  The power in this presentation will truly move you. Our team is still using his resources and session material today.
-The Energy For Change” Former Session Attendee


Click on the session titles to learn more about each session & speaker. 

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM CDT

Welcome & Keynote Session

10:15 AM - 12:15 AM CDT

Two hour Breakout Sessions 

Choose one two hour breakout session or two one hour breakout sessions to attend live. Session recordings will be available post event.

10:15 AM - 11:15 aM CDT

One hour breakout Sessions

Choose one two hour breakout session or two one hour breakout sessions to attend live. Session recordings will be available post event.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT

One hour breakout Sessions

Choose one two hour breakout session or two one hour breakout sessions to attend live. Session recordings will be available post event.

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

Asynchronous Learning - On Demand

A direct link to this pre-recorded session will be emailed to ticket holders. 

Meet The Speakers

Click on the name of the speaker to see their bio and learn about their sessions.


JJEM Education & Consulting, LLC, Founder
ISD 709 Administrator

Dr. Cynthia

Founder & Lead Consultant, Heart Educational Consulting
Chicago, Illinois


Director, Resilience Impact LLC; Assistant Professor, Winona State University; Administrator, Rochester Public Schools


Mental Health Coordinator,
ISD 709 Duluth Preschool


Preschool Education Coordinator
Duluth Public Schools

Tonya M.

CHARMS Educational Consulting, LLC; Duluth, Minnesota


Climate Coordinator
Duluth Public Schools




Executive Director
Itasca Area Schools Collaborative


Duluth Public Schools

Dr. Patricia

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois chicago


Minneapolis Public Schools


Principal of Cherry School
St. Louis County ISD #2142


Grow Your Own School Psychologist
Grand Forks Public Schools


School Psychologist
Grand Forks Public Schools
Infuse Mental Health Grant Supervisor, MSUM

Rate Schedule

Early Bird

Standard Rate

Late Rate


until january 31


February 1 – February 29


March 1 – March 14

Early Bird


until January 31

Standard Rate


February 1 – February 29

Late Rate


March 1 – March 14

Team Rate


Includes registration for up to 100 staff

Join the JJEM Journey

JJEM Education & Consulting, LLC strives to provide professional development experiences that exceed your expectations. Our learning events offer engagement, flexibility, networking, knowledge, growth, strategies, content, captivation, critical thinking, equity, diversity, enrichment, authenticity, reflection and action surrounding today’s student-centered professionals, communities, students, and families. In our professional development settings, learning outcomes are aligned, supported, and taught by the very professionals doing the work. Our mission is to provide a high standard of organic community learning for those who educate, lead, raise, work, advocate, coach, volunteer, or provide services, programming, and support for students in early education, elementary, middle or secondary school, higher education, and beyond. If these professional learning priorities align to your values, goals and work, The Whole Child Compass Conference is for you and your team.  

For today’s students, the ways they navigate the world of education, community, and life, are constantly changing. Digital optimization has added both limitless benefits and dire new challenges for our youth. Moreover, the evolving needs of our youth present new barriers and a greater need for applicable, ongoing training for those who work with them. To best meet these needs and serve our student populations, schools, classrooms, childcare service providers, community programming, and after school activities, we must continue to grow and adjust the way we support, communicate, guide, interact, and teach. This vital work truly begins to evolve when we invest in the very people doing the work with our students, in whatever role they play. They are our greatest asset. And, they notably seek quality, diverse, and inclusive collegiate networking and professional development opportunities led by experienced experts who have the “boots on the ground” background that drives their investment in the teaching, learning, and growth of other professional partners.  

The goal of The Whole Child Compass Conference is to provide access to trainings from varied professional leaders on expansive, critical topics, and educational opportunities that will help attendees successfully understand and meet their students’ needs. This conferencepresents instrumental content areas that provide a strong foundation of new learning in the areas of student engagement, cultivating a positive school culture and climate with optimal outcomes,maximizing quality data practices, mental health and trauma, cultural competency, reading rigor and interventions, MTSS, working with at-risk kids, behaviors and de-escalation, restorative practices, special educationand more! These crucial topics are designed to extend our learning and help us guide our students. These crucial topics are designed to extend our learning and help us guide our students. 

For the Whole Child Compass Conference, I have hand-selected sixteen first-class educators and professionals who are not only passionate about serving their districts and communities but also desire to learn, grow, and commit to the education of our children. They are educators, administrators, teachers, community leaders, and parents, who have invested and dedicated their knowledge, time, and hearts to making a positive change in our schools, communities, and students’ lives. These incredible people are agents of change, child guides, ambassadors, advocates, out-of-the-box thinkers, data-driven problem solvers, strategic planners, champions for kids, and most importantly – they are people who live their lives putting the whole child first in every aspect of their careers and personal lives. They are people we can trust to educate and facilitate positive change within our communities. They are the vested professionals with the road map to growth, change, success, and fortitude as our students take the next steps in their lives.  

I invite you to take this learning journey with me and this exceptional team of professionals and lifelong learners. In both our synchronous and asynchronous learning time, you will explore important topics of today, with practices, strategies, and systems that will enhance the work you do professionally with students. As part of this extensive conference, you will have full access to all session recordings for ongoing learning following the live event.

Come along with us for the The Whole Child Compass and chart your individual or team course as a JJEM Education & Consulting learner and collaborator where together, we are guided by the heart of learning for every student, every day.

Beth & the JJEM Education Team

Frequently Asked Questions

Certificates of attendance will be provided for each session. Registered attending participants can earn 20+ approved relicensure clock hours (synchronous and asynchronous). Minnesota BOSA Certificates will also be available.
Each session will be held live at the time listed on the agenda. Following the conference, session recordings will be available to registrants beginning March 20, 2024 until June 15, 2024.
Yes! Following the conference, session recordings will be available to registrants beginning March 20, 2024 through June 15, 2024 so that you can watch on your schedule.
Choose the session you are most interested in to attend live. After the event, you will have access to all of the session recordings through June 15, 2024.


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