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Fall Session - November 7-8, 2008

International Urban Planner

Ms. Wagner's first encounter with Paul Baker was in his class, Integration of Abilities, at Baylor University. Since leaving Baylor, she has gone on to serve as a consultant to more than 45 cultural institutions on projects ranging from management issues to production of programs, exhibits, facilities and media. She lectures at the NEA-sponsored Mayors’ Institute for Design and in the US and Canada on community development. She has worked on a variety of design concepts from the Middle East to China. Her projects include the 9/11 Memorial Park at the Logan International Airport and serving as creative consultant for development of a multi-school after-school project in Phoenix, Arizona. Among her publications is Creating Your City’s Image published by the National League of Cities.

The following video was shot by Kevin Nash, Director and Videographer, as part of a larger project. We are greatful to Mr. Nash for letting us use this unedited video for our website.

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Spring Session - March 6-7, 2009

Keynote Speaker

Distinguished Professor, Southern Methodist University
Distinguished Scientist, Center for Brain Health, UT Dallas
President and CEO, Synergistic Education Solutions

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Lyon has contributed as a researcher, professor, classroom teacher, special education teacher, school psychologist, and leader in the development of evidence-based education policy at the federal and state levels. Dr. Lyon founded Synergistic Education Solutions, an educational resource that provides consulting services to improve educational research in January 2008. He held the position of the Executive Vice President for Research and Evaluation at Higher Ed Holdings in Dallas, Texas from 2005 to 2008. From 1992 until 2005, Dr. Lyon served as a research psychologist and the Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the National Institute of Child health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he was responsible for the direction, development and management of research programs in developmental and cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, behavioral pediatrics, reading development and disabilities, learning disabilities, early childhood development, and school readiness.

While at the National Institute of Health, Dr. Lyon also worked closely with the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and Congress on the development of education policies.  He also served as an advisor on education research and policies to President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush from 2001 until 2005. He was a member of the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education. In 2006, Dr. Lyon was named one of the ten most influential people in American education during the last decade by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center (Education Week).

Dr. Lyon received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1978 with a dual concentration in Special Education (learning disabilities and disorders) and psychology (developmental neuropsychology). He served on the faculties of the University of Alabama - Birmingham (Special Education and Educational Psychology), Northwestern University (Communication Science and Disorders) and the University of Vermont School Of Medicine (Neurology). He also taught in the public schools as a third grade classroom teacher, a special education teacher and a school psychologist in several states. He authored, co-authored and edited more than 130 peer reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters addressing educational policy and learning differences and disabilities in children and adolescents.  Dr. Lyon has appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and National Public Radio to discuss issues relevant to education, child development, and educational research and policies.

Currently, Dr. Lyon serves as a Distinguished Professor of Education Leadership and Policy at Southern Methodist University, a Distinguished Scientist at the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas, is the CEO of Synergistic Education Solutions, and the Vice Chairman for Imagination Station, Inc.

Fall Session - February 11 - 12, 2011

Keynote Address by
Girls to Women Health and Wellness

In conjunction with DALLAS CHILDREN'S THEATER'S Teen Scene Festival, which showcased DCT's quartet of teen issue dramas, BII offered the opportunity to see the plays and hear the stories. Attendees gathered to discover and discuss the paths to resilience and recovery with some of the brightest minds in the worlds of health and theater.

Road to Resilience: Clinical Path
Issues exhibited in the festival plays were explored with leading clinical professionals who pointed the way toward youth empowerment and resilience. Attendees were led in break-out sessions by distinguished educators and clinicians, including:

Bill Barfoot, PhD, The Winston School
Kathleen Fischeer
, Speaker/Author/Coach
Ellicia Money
, NCC, LPC, The Family Place
Stephanie C. Setliff
, MD, Children's Medical Center Dallas, University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Director of the Eating Disorders Program, Assitant Professor of Psychiatry, UTSW
Susan Sugerman
, MD, Girls to Women Health and Wellness
Marion K. Underwood
, PhD, The University of Texas at Dallas
Kim West
, Director of Guidance, Rockwall Independant School District
Tyler Wooten
, MD, Uptown Analytic Practices, Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychiatrist

Road to Resilience: Creative Path
The road to resilience was revisited by nationally recognized theater directors, artists and playwrights who celebrated creative pathways to conflict resolution. Attendees were led in break-out sessions by distinguished professional and educational artists, including:

Roger Bedard, Director, Theater for Youth MFA & PhD Programs, Arizona State University
Ruth Cantrell, Professor of Theatre, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces NM
Jeff Church, Producing Artistic Director, Coterie Theatre, Kansas City MO
Dr. Lorenzo Garcia, Chair, Dept. of Dance & Theatre, University of North Texas , Denton TX
Linda Hartzell, Artistic Director, Seattle Children's Theatre
J. Daniel Herring, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre Arts, CalState University, Fresno
Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director, Dallas Theater Center
Nancy Schaeffer, Director, Education Director, Dallas Children's Theater
Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Assistant Professor of Theatre, The University of Texas at Austin

Pictured at the February 19 session (L-R) Robyn Flatt- DCT Executive Director, Kevin Moriarty- Dallas Theater Center Executive Director, Teresa Eyring- Theater Communications Group Executive Director, Artie Olaisen- DCT Associate Artistic Director
Photo: Dana Driesky

The national theater panel included (L-R) Kevin Moriarty- Dallas Theater Center, J. Daniel Herring- CSU/Fresno, Jeff Church- Coterie Theater, Roxanne Schroeder-Arce- UT-Austin, Lorenzo Garcia- UNT, Linda Hartzelle- Seattle Children's Theater, Teresa Eyring- TCG, Robyn Flatt- DCT
Photo: Dana Driesky

Dr. Susan Sugerman played a major role in both seminars.
Photo: Dana Driesky

Dynamic audience talk-backs are a feature of every BII seminar.
Photo: Wythe Photography

February 18, 2012
"It Gets Better"

A Youth Theater Speaks Up, Acts Out, Steps Forward

The Teen Scene Summit was anchored by two productions of theatrical works for young adults that explored the hazardous terrain of girl bullying with The Secret Life of Girls and an inventive look at gender identity, difference, and discovering how things aren't always what they seem with The Transition of Doodle Pequeño.
The morning session began with a lively presentation by Signe Whitson (writer, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post): Friendship & Other Weapons
The engaging activities in this workshop helped participants consider the importance of fostering individual strengths while also harnessing the power of group support. Strategies for becoming a “(s)hero” before, during, and after incidents of bullying were discussed, and participants learned that it is never okay to do nothing about bullying. Along with individual and peer supports, the workshop engage adults and youth in a conversation about how family members can strengthen and fortify one another throughout a bullying crisis.

Two young attendees get in on the act during the Friendship & Other Weapons workshop. 

The Play’s the Thing: Next up was a dynamic discussion with two of the playwrights whose works are featured in the Seminar- Gabriel Jason Dean (Doodle) and Linda Daugherty (Secret Life). Joining them was Suzan Zeder, head of the Playwrighting Program at the University of Texas - Austin. Noted actor and director René Moreno moderated the discussion.

L – R Suzan Zeder, Gabriel Jason Dean, Linda Daugherty, Reno Moreno
Teen Talk: Led by Dr. Susan Sugerman engaged the youth of the audience in an up-close and personal discussion of the dangers and warning signs of bullying.

Dr. Susan Sugerman
Following the performance of The Transition of Doodle Pequeño, playwright Gabriel Jason Dean joined the cast onstage for a lively talk-back focusing on bullying, gender bullying and tolerance.

Pictured L-R Jacques Colimon, Gabriel Jason Dean, Isaac Gomez, Rudy Ramirez


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