2017 Community Involvement Conference - September 29 at First Assembly Church of God in Bartow.

The 2017 Community Involvement Conference is scheduled for Friday, September, 29 and will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the First Assembly Church of God, 915 S. Broadway Ave in Bartow.

The Community Involvement Conference (CIC) includes a series of workshops focusing on topics of interest to parents, community members and school leaders. The event also includes a guest speaker panel and numerous program, fundraising and community resource vendors.

This event is open to the public. A $6.00 registration fee includes lunch. After September 23rd (extended due to hurricane Irma), registration fee will increase to $9.00 and on-site registration is $10.00.

For questions, contact Janet Lamoureux (863) 899-7301 or Jeanette Crowley (863) 534-0818.

Register Online


  1. Heartland for Children – The Impact of Trauma on Life Outcomes
    In this workshop, participants will learn how the human brain processes and stores traumatic events. Presented in simple and understandable terms, this section of the workshop will help the participants develop a useful understanding of this often misunderstood topic. Additionally, the participants will learn about the ACES project conducted by Kaiser Permanente and the CDC and what is now understood about life outcomes for trauma survivors. Facilitators: William (Bill) Nunnally, Chief Quality and Performance Officer and Kathy Southern, Heartland for Children

  2. InnerAct Own the Upside – The Positive Approach to Preventing Risky Behaviors
    Beginning at a young age, there are skills and education strategies that help children make good choices. Learn about ways to influence students in positive ways when preventing behaviors regarding bullying, distracted /drugged driving, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Learn about community prevention efforts provided by InnerAct Alliance, StandUP Polk, and UthMpact.  Facilitators: Donna Swygert and Angie Ellison

  3. Making the Difference Together
    Today’s classrooms have new challenges. Many children are living in situations which are stressful because of divorce, abuse, neglect, homelessness, or even domestic violence. This seminar will provide information, in-sight and resources. You will laugh, cry and walk away hopeful. Facilitator: Diane Schmelz, Guardian ad Litem

  4. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    Facilitators: Dr. Poinsetta Tillman, FDLRS (Florida Diagnostic Learning Resource Center) & Carol Sherron, Huntington Learning Center

  5. Let's Get Ready to Chair A Meeting
    This fun and interactive mock meeting will make you laugh as you reflect on your own meeting behavior and preparations. Bring your smile and an open mind. Facilitator: Carolyn Nelson-Goedert, Florida PTA | Vice President for Regions and Councils

  6. PTA Meet Up
    Drop in to speak one-on-one with other PTA leaders and peers, pick up hard copies of leadership related materials for your local PTA unit and share successes and ongoing challenges.

  7. School Related Groups
    A review session on some of the policies (federal, state, district) that PTA, PTO, booster, clubs and other school related groups need to be familiar with such as: financials, insurance, foods (giving, selling or concession sales), and annual filing requirements. Facilitators: Kathleen Wright, Curriculum Specialist, Physical Education, Janet Lamoureux | Florida PTA, Leadership Convention Management

  8. Mentoring in Polk County Schools
    Mentor Program brings together positive role models from the community and students who can benefit from one-on-one attention. Mentors help students develop self-confidence, academic competence, a caring attitude toward others and reading skills to help them be successful in school so that they can be successful in life. We will review the policies, procedures and strategies to use with students. Facilitators: Angelia Green and Lori Morrison, Mentor Trainers

  9. Volunteering in Polk County Schools
    The gift of time is precious, and volunteers are truly generous when it comes to investing this valuable resource in our schools and with our students. Find out how you can partner with Polk County Public Schools as a Volunteer. We will go over the Volunteer Program procedures and share information about the important role our volunteer coordinators play. Facilitators: Jeanette Crowley, Senior Coordinator, Strategic Partnerships and Namita Jaitly, Clerk Specialist

  10. Legislative update/advocacy
    Wendy Dodge & Linda Kearshner (Pinellas & FPTA Pres Elect)

  11. Strategies for Success (ESOL)
    The session will focus on the importance of family support for English learners. Parents will be provided strategies they can use regardless of the language spoken at home.

  12. Behavior Intervention (FDLRS)

  13. Education Teams through Polk Vision
    Get an update and find out how you can get involved on the following Education Teams: Attendance, Community Schools, Literacy, School Health and Talent Pipeline. Facilitator: Kim Long, Executive Director, Polk Vision

  14. Literacy in Polk Schools
    Reading can open so many doors for our students. Our goal is to have all students reading on grade level at every grade, all the time. By achieving this goal, we will see increases in promotion, increases in graduation rate, and increases in our future’s readiness for the workplace. In this workshop you will learn about our literacy efforts such as the Books Bridge Bus, Read While You Roll, People of Polk, successful reading strategies and how our community is working together to accomplish our goal. Facilitator: Lindsay Persohn, Senior Coordinator, Library Media Services

  15. Parent Engagement / Title 1
    Attend this session to gain a greater understanding of the Title I Program and ESSA. Some focuses will include the goal of Title I and resources for families. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge in a fun way! Facilitators: Alyson Dort and Angelina West

  16. How Polk County Public Schools are Financed and the Challenges Meeting Current Needs
    Facilitators: JD Fout and Alain Nunez

  17. PTA Officer Training

  18. Bullying Prevention Overview
    The workshop will cover the problem and prevalence of Bullying and Cyberbullying in schools. Strategies to address, reporting procedures and up to date resources will also be included.

and more!