The 2013 Changing the Odds Conference
2013 Changing the Odds Conference:
Cultivating Perseverance and Resilience in Children
September 26-27, 2013
The second annual Changing the Odds Conference, hosted by Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers, took place on September 26 and 27, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion. Our esteemed lineup of speakers included:
Paul Tough, award-winning journalist and author of How Children Succeed
Tina Payne Bryson, co-author (with Dr. Dan Siegel) of The Whole Brain Child
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Thank you to our sponsors:
For Dr. Emmons' "Gratitude Works" presentation, click here.
For Dr. Stigler's "Changing the Culture of Teaching" presentation, click here.
About Changing the Odds 2013
Who should attend?
This conference is for all educators, mental health professionals, parents and interested community members who are committed to learning about innovative ways to help kids and families achieve their full potential.
What is the focus of this conference?
Changing the Odds 2013 will emphasize the importance of grit, a “growth mindset”, healthy relationships, perseverance, and resilience in children. The conference will include keynotes discussing the latest research in the areas of neuroscience and social emotional development, as well as practical application strategies from Salesmanship Club staff.
Why is this conference important?
As we face decreasing performance in education, inaccessible mental health services for those in need, and a widening achievement gap between low-income and affluent children, it is clear that something must be done. This year’s conference explores how we can cultivate two characteristics in all children that are inextricably linked to success: perseverance and resilience.
Thursday, September 26:
The morning will begin with Paul Tough, author of the nationally acclaimed book “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character”. Tough challenges society’s emphasis on test scores and focuses on a new generation of research that points to “non-cognitive skills” as an indicator of lifelong success. How does early adversity affect childhood emotional, social and cognitive development, and what can we do about it?
Tina Payne Bryson co-wrote “The Whole Brain Child” with 2012 Changing the Odds keynote, Dr. Dan Siegel. Dr. Bryson will present research on the ever-changing brain and use brain science to help kids acquire the tools they need to be resilient and hopeful.
After lunch, the conference will divide into breakout sessions:
- Mental health professionals will hear Arthur Becker-Weidman, the Director of the Center for Family Development in New York, discuss attachment-focused family therapy and how to remediate adverse childhood experiences through treatment.
- Educators will hear from James Stigler, professor of psychology at UCLA, discuss the culture of teaching and illuminate new research about how attitude plays a role in intellectual struggles.
Thursday will conclude with a plenary session from Robert Emmons about gratitude, including a focus on how to boost gratitude among young people and how it can help make children and teens happier and more successful. Emmons asks the question, “how might schools and homes change if youth could learn to express gratitude for all they have received in life?”
Friday, September 27 will begin with Carol Dweck, author and psychologist, about the role of mindsets in success. How can praise for intelligence undermine students’ motivation and learning? Dweck shows how a fixed mindset can make students afraid of challenges and flee from mistakes and setbacks, whereas a growth mindset encourages resilience. How can we promote a growth mindset among children?
Friday afternoon will feature Salesmanship Club staff and practical application strategies in breakout sessions:
- Mental health professionals will hear from Neil Ravella about healing relationships and attachment-based therapy in practice.
- Educators will hear Michelle Kinder and Heather Bryant discuss how to nurture social and emotional health. Participants can expect concrete strategies to implement and encourage children, at school and at home.
Interested in a sample of these books? Please join us for the Cover to Cover book series. Learn more here.
How do I register?
Registration is closed.
What is the cost of the conference?
The two-day conference costs $200.
A limited edition general public half-day option is available to attend Thursday morning sessions only for $75. This option allows access to Thursday morning sessions with Paul Tough and Tina Payne Bryson, and includes lunch. When the capacity is reached, this option will no longer be available. No CEUs are offered for the half-day conference.
Where is the conference located?
This year’s conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion, located at 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas, Texas, 75207. Registration will take place outside of the Landmark Ballroom on the first floor. Changing the Odds signs will direct you where you need to go once you arrive.
What is the parking situation?
Parking is available in self-park lots for $5 or $10, and valet is $12.
Are there hotel rooms available?
Yes, a block of rooms has been reserved for Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Please call the main hotel number, 214-651-1234, and request a room in the Salesmanship Club block.
Are CEUs available?
Salesmanship Club is a provider of CEUs for LCSW, LMFT, LPC and licensed psychologists in the state of Texas. Educators receive CEU credit from the SMU School of Education. The full two-day conference will provide 10.5 total hours of CEU credits.
What is Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers?
Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers helps children and their families achieve, maintain or repair social and emotional health, through urban education, mental health services, professional development, and more. This is the second annual Changing the Odds conference, designed to collaborate with other professionals in our community and around the country, who work toward the same goals of helping children and families achieve their full potential. Last year’s conference was attended by over 500 professionals from 15 states and five countries. Read more about the 2012 conference here. Please visit our facebook page to learn more about our agency at facebook.com/salesmanshipclub.
Are sponsorship opportunities available?
Yes, if you are interested in any level of sponsorship, we would love to speak with you. You can start by downloading the conference order form here. Please direct any questions about sponsorship to Kristen Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-944-5713.
How can I get more information?
For any questions related to the conference, please reach out to Maureen Fernandez at email@example.com or 214-915-4768.