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18th Northern New Mexico Conference on Education: Building Positive Culture from Classroom to Community

Conference Overview:

Keynote Speaker: Dennis D. Embry, PhD will discuss his work and share best practices in socio-emotional support and strategies for cultivating positive classroom culture that extend to whole schools and communities.
Breakout Sessions:
LifeBound academic coaching for instructors and counselors who work with middle and high school youth to drive learning and personal development for success in college, career and life. 
“EdTalks” with local educators discussing their own successes in the classroom and socio-emotional support strategies. Speakers and topics to be announced. 
Register by Nov 3  |  Be a Sponsor


7:30–8:00am: Registration and Breakfast

8:00–8:30am: Welcome—Jenny Parks, LANL Foundation CEO & Gwen Perea Warniment, K–12 Program Director 

8:30–10:00am: Keynote Speaker—Dr. Dennis Embry, President & Senior Scientist of the PAXIS Institute
10:00–10:15am: Break
10:15–11:30am: Keynote Continued

11:30am–12:30pm: Lunch, Raffle & Sponsor Recognition—Tony Fox, LANL Foundation Vice President of Institutional Advancement & Scholarships 

12:30–12:45pm: Breakout into Elementary & Secondary Tracks

12:45–2:00pm: Breakout Session 1          
Elementary Track—EdTalks
- Zelda Trujillo, Wood Gormley Elementary School
- Delara Sharma, Piñon Elementary School
- April Grant-Torres, Pojoaque Intermediate School
Secondary Track—EdTalks
- John Morrison & Sean O’Neil, Santa Fe High School
- Meredith Tilp & Kay Vinson, Capital High School
- Bridget Love & Christie Abeyta, Santa Fe Indian School
2:15–3:30pm: Breakout Session 2       
Elementary Track
- Jenn Jevertson, Santa Fe Office of Student Wellness
Secondary Track
- Donelle Hogarth & Clarie Casey, Lifebound Inc.

Dr. Dennis Embry

Dr. Dennis Embry is the President and Senior Scientist of PAXIS Institute in Tucson, Arizona, an organization that identifies and connects science and wisdom to maximize the peace, productivity, health, and happiness of individuals, families, organizations, and communities. PAXIS Institute develops tools and strategies with rapid and long-term benefits and prevention effects across physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. He is the scientist and creator behind PeaceBuilders®, the PAX Good Behavior Game®, evidence-based kernels, and other easy, cost-effective best practices.

Dr. Embry is also a co-investigator at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and at the Center on Prevention and Early Intervention at Johns Hopkins University and has led prevention and research projects in 37 states and in Canada and Europe. He is the author of more than 40 books and training materials on science-based positive child and youth development and prevention related to childhood injury, violence, substance abuse, and mental health. He researches and writes extensively on behavior and the brain, is published in several highly regarded professional journals, and has been featured in national media outlets. 

As a policy and program consultant on child and family issues, Dr. Embry’s expertise has influenced diverse organizations from Sesame Street to the Pentagon, state governments, foreign agencies, foundations, and corporations. Since 2000, has been articulating international policies and practices for universal prevention to protect children and the world’s future.

Dr. Embry gives frequent workshops and lectures on child brain development, prevention, social policy, and community-based approaches to reducing drug endangerment. He has been a keynote speaker for various state, national, and international organizations, led TEDx talks and contributed to Congressional briefings.

Through his work with First Peoples in the US, Canada, and New Zealand, Dr. Embry has used cultural wisdom and anthropology to inform strategies that aim to mend the epigenetic impacts from grave historic disparities, violence, and trauma.

Growing up in considerable adversity, Dr. Embry uses his own personal history to illustrate how children who are written off can rise to do great things in the world. He encourages people of all ages and walks of life to become an everyday scientist, not just a passenger in life, to create a better future for themselves and others.

Be a Sponsor

Thank You to Our 2017 Education Conference Sponsors:

$5,000 Santa Fe Baldy


$2,500 Pajarito Mountain

$1,000 Black Mesa


Additional Sponsors & In-kind Raffle Donors

Buffalo Thunder Resort  |  Chavez Fine Jewelers  |  Cowgirl BBQ  |  Coyote Café  |  Fire & Hops  |  Floral Expressions & Hallmark  |  Geronimo  |  Local Flavor   |  Nambé  |  Naranjo's Trading  |  Rancho de Chimayó  |  Sunrise Springs Spa Resort Sopaipilla Factory  |  Than Povi Fine Art Gallery  |  Patricia & Leonard Valerio  |  Vivác Winery



Friday, November 10, 2017 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
FREE to Northern NM K-12 educators
Hilton Buffalo Thunder

20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87506