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Tuesday, October 26th

Opening Session

10:45am-12:15pm CT

Welcome & Organizer

Brian Meyer, Midwest PBIS Network (IL)


Spotlight on District-level Voices

Tim Lewis, University of Missouri; Bonita E. Jamison & Joseph Davis, Ferguson Florissant School District (MO)

Our opening session will kick off with a montage of video clips showcasing the voices and experiences of youth, teachers, and educational leaders from PBIS schools and districts.  Brief guidance on how to maximize your participation for the greatest benefit will be provided.  A Superintendent and student(s) from PBIS districts sharing their experiences with PBIS implementation during the events of the past year will be featured. 

Breakout Sessions A

12:45pm-2:00pm CST

A1 - Systems-level Coaching for State Success

Don Kincaid, University of South Florida; Kelcey Schmitz, School Mental Health Assessment Research & Training Center (WA)

Content Facilitator: Heather Peshak George, University of South Florida

 

Effective leadership teams establish structures and supports to enhance application of PBIS with fidelity by guiding and monitoring implementation activities. These coaching systems are necessary for consistency, dissemination of information, and dependable communication across large geographical regions. This session will focus on state-level implementation and describe various formats currently used for coaching nationwide, state-wide, and regionally through cross-system collaboration.  

 

12:45pm-2:00pm CST

A2 - Leveraging Short Term Funding to Build Long Term Capacity

Susan Barrett, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA); Steve Goodman, Michigan’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports Technical Assistance Center; Tim Lewis, University of Missouri

 

Designed to lessen the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic impact of COVID-19, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will provide welcome funding. This session will provide a set of recommendations on investing the funds to provide short-term relief while simultaneously building local implementation capacity to outlast the Act’s funding.

 

12:45pm-2:00pm CST

A3 - Integrating School Climate Data within the PBS Framework to Promote Equitable Educational Experiences

Tamika La Salle, University of Connecticut

Content Facilitator: Clynita Grafenreed, Region 4 Education Service (TX)

 

This session will focus on how to integrate school climate data within the PBS Framework. Evaluation of school climate at the aggregate and disaggregate levels (e.g., whole school, race/ethnicity) will be demonstrated. Implications for guiding decision making will also be discussed.


12:45pm-2:00pm CST

A4 - Intentional Integration of Intensive Intervention 

Brandi Simonsen, University of Connecticut; Joseph H. Wehby & Johanna L. Staubitz, Vanderbilt University (TN); Caitlyn E. Majeika, American Institutes for Research (VA); Lee Kern, Lehigh University (PA)

 

This session will discuss core features of Tier 3 intensive intervention practices to support students with intensive academic and social-emotional-behavioral (SEB) needs. Approaches to intentionally integrate intensive academic and SEB support practices will be shared and an example of integrated intensive intervention in action will be highlighted.

 

12:45pm-2:00pm CST

A5 - Supporting Students with Behavioral Challenges Through the Individualized Education Plan Process

Laura Kern, University of South Florida; Kate Dooley, University of St. Joseph (CT); Katherine Meyer, University of Connecticut

Content Facilitator: Karen Robbie, University of Connecticut

 

This session will focus on enhancing individualized education plans (IEPs) for students with social, emotional and behavioral needs. Opportunities to collaborate with families through the process will be discussed and best practices for developing relevant, observable, and measurable IEPs will be shared.

 

12:45pm-2:00pm CST

A6 - Youth Voice: Letting Students Lead the Way

Stephanie Martinez & Betsy Lazega, University of South Florida; Patti Hershfeldt, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA); Sherri Weretka, School District of Osceola County

 

Are you looking for a way to increase student voice in the development and refinement of your school’s PBIS system? This session will provide ideas and strategies for engaging youth leaders in your district or school. The experiences of both students and adults engaged in youth leadership in schools will be shared. 

 

12:45pm-2:00pm CST

A7 - Building a Culture of Staff Wellness Through Multi-tiered System of Supports

Ami Flammini, Midwest PBIS Network (IL); Kimberly Yanek, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA)

 

The need to focus on wellness of adults as well as students has never been more clear. Using key features of a MTSS, we will describe ways to organize, align, and allocate resources to cultivate a culture of health and wellness for staff.

 

12:45pm-2:00pm CST

A8 - Improving Attendance Across Live & Virtual Settings

Bob Putnam, The May Institute (MA); Mark Pellegrino, Gardner Public School District (MA); Amber Casavant, Gardner Public School District (MA)

Content Facilitator: Joyce West, Gardner Public School District (VA)

 

This session will provide participants with an overview of why attendance is essential in improving academic achievement, reducing dropout, and other important life outcomes. It will show how evidence-based practices within an MTSS approach can improve overall attendance in live and virtual settings. A case study will be provided.

 

12:45pm-2:00pm CST

A9 - Systematic Screening: Detecting & Supporting Students with Internalizing Behaviors

Kathleen Lynne Lane, University of Kansas; Michelle Johnson, Duval County Public Schools (FL)

Content Facilitator: Wendy Peia Oakes, Arizona State University

 

This session will provide a rationale and overview for systematic screening, with an emphasis on detecting and supporting students with internalizing behaviors. Lessons learned from a district that conducts screenings with teacher, student, and family perspectives will be shared. New Center on PBIS resources to support screening efforts will be highlighted.

 

12:45pm-2:00pm CST

A10 - Instructional Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline

Danielle Triplett & Saki Malose, University of Oregon; Shasta Quigley & AJ Hruby, Eugene School District 4j

Content Facilitator: Laurel King, University of Oregon

 

Research has shown the harmful impacts of exclusionary discipline practices on students and has found them ineffective for changing student behaviors as they do not typically include academic or behavioral instruction for students. This session will share a school-wide restorative approach that has promise for preventing further behaviors that lead to removals from instruction. Examples of implementation at the school and district-wide level will be highlighted.

 

Breakout Sessions B

2:30pm-3:45pm CST

B1 - Predictable Host Environments for African American Male Students

Edwin Wilson & Jacqueline Peterson, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (NC)

Content Facilitator: Tim Lewis, University of Missouri

 

The African American Male Resilience and Self Efficacy model is a three-year research grant funded by the National Institute of Justice. With PBIS as the foundational framework, this session will describe how schools are equipped to integrate culturally responsive support systems for the social, emotional, and academic needs of African American male students.

 

2:30pm-3:45pm CST

B2 - Discussing Race, Racism, & Current Events Regarding Race with Students & Staff

Stephanie Martinez, University of South Florida; Tamika LaSalle, University of Connecticut; Ruthie Payno-Simmons, Michigan’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports Technical Assistance Center; Naomi Brahim, Jefferson County Public Schools (KY)

Content Facilitator: Kent McIntosh, University of Oregon

 

Despite the importance of dialogue regarding race and racism in classrooms and among staff, many educators may need knowledge, skills, and support to facilitate constructive dialogues. This session will introduce a systematic process, including tools to help educators hold productive discussions, prevent challenges, and support all students and staff to feel safe and recognized.

 

2:30pm-3:45pm CST

B3 - Early Childhood & PBIS: Making it Work

Anna Winneker & Lise Fox, University of South Florida

Content Facilitator: Meghan von der Embse, University of South Florida

 

Implementing a multi-tiered system of support to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children sets the stage for school success. This session will review the developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood classrooms to support social-emotional learning and prevent challenging behaviors. Resources and ideas will be shared.

 

2:30pm-3:45pm CST

B4 - Leveraging a Relationship Centered Focus in School Communities Kimberly Yanek, Center for Social Behavior Supports at Old Dominion University (VA); Jessica McClung & Rachel Baffoe-Bonnie, Roanoke County Public Schools (VA)

Content Facilitator: Tina Turner, Roanoke County Public Schools (VA)

 

Emotional distress is a part of life that everyone experiences and navigates in different ways. Positive relationships are an essential support for building a practice of resiliency as an antidote for stress. This session will share strategies for intentional relationship building within school communities using PBIS as an anchor and guidepost. Success stories and local experiences will be shared.

 

2:30pm-3:45pm CST

B5 - Addressing the Growing Problem of Domestic Sex Trafficking in Minors through PBIS

Nakisa Asefnia & Mark Weist, University of South Carolina

 

This session will highlight the broader issue of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) and suggest a framework for integrating school-based prevention and intervention strategies through PBIS. The experiences of a school district with DMST will be discussed in the context of this model.

 

2:30pm-3:45pm CST

B6 - Supporting PBIS Implementation Through Phases of Crisis Recovery

Susan Barrett, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA); Jennifer Freeman, University of Connecticut

Content Facilitator: Brandi Simonsen, University of Connecticut

 

This session will share the experiences of state, district, and school leaders using the multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) framework to support students, families, and educators during the transition back to school in a manner that prioritizes their health and safety, social and emotional needs, and behavioral and academic growth.

 

2:30pm-3:45pm CST

B7 - Developing Comprehensive, Multi-tiered School-based Suicide Prevention

Kelly Perales, Midwest PBIS Network (IL); Jennifer Stuber & Eric Bruns, University of Washington

Content Facilitator: Katie Pohlman, Midwest PBIS Network (IL)

 

The suicide rate among adolescents increased 50% between 2010 and 2018, and many are concerned that this trend will only worsen in the aftermath of COVID-19. Whiles schools are being increasingly called upon to implement suicide prevention strategies, comprehensive models for school-based suicide prevention are scant. This session will discuss innovative options for implementing suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies within your multi-tiered PBIS system. An exemplar will describe their approach to this important topic.

 

2:30pm-3:45pm CST

B8 - Aligning & Evaluating State Level Initiatives with PBIS

Steve Goodman, Michigan’s MTSS Technical Assistance Center; Justyn Poulos, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (WA)

 

Successful PBIS implementation efforts at the state level often involve aligning PBIS with priority key initiatives. This session will focus on alignment strategies along with the use of evaluation to determine alignment opportunities and to more effectively and efficiently align related initiatives.

 

2:30pm-3:45pm CST

B9 - Essential Coaching Skills to Support District & School Teams using Data-based Problem-solving

Karen Elfner, Brooke Curtiss, & Kathy Christiansen, University of South Florida

 

Learn about team coaching skills for data-driven problem-solving to implement PBIS at school and district levels. This session will identify resources and tools to support coaching for problem solving facilitation, facilitated leadership, and MTSS content knowledge. Assessment of coaching skills and data sources to assist with problem-solving will be described.

 

2:30pm-3:45pm CST

B10 - Voices from the Field: PBIS Rural Leaders

Laura Kern, University of South Florida; Alejandra Gallego, Southside Independent School District (TX); Rosie Cooper & Morgen Gay, Greene County School System (GA)

Content Facilitator: Virginia Kelley, University of South Florida

 

This session will share the experiences of leaders in rural schools that are using PBIS and highlight background information on rural implementation. A panel of school leaders will discuss strengths, challenges, and provide insight on how to support successful rural implementation.

 

Virtual Poster Session

5:15pm-6:30pm CST

Poster Session & Live Discussion


Our Poster Session is designed to promote informal interaction such as one-on-one or small group discussions between the presenters and participants. Each virtual poster presentation will consist of (1) a digital poster, (2) a pre-recorded walkthrough of poster content, and (3) live, one-on-one or small group discussions via Zoom.

Digital posters and recorded presentations will be available to participants in our virtual platform a week before the Virtual PBIS Leadership Forum. Participants are encouraged to begin reviewing and watching poster presentations soon after they are posted so they can plan for discussion and networking during the live session time. Participants may also choose to continue to browse poster presentations during this time.



Wednesday, October 27th


Opening Session

10:45am-11:20pm CT

Introduction to Strands
Brandi Simonsen, University of Connecticut; Heather Peshak George, University of South Florida

 

Spotlight on Youth Voices
TBD students

 

The Day 2 opening session will include the voices of leaders and PBIS implementers as well as provide an overview and introduction of the topic-specific strands offered on Days 2 & 3.


3-Part Topic-specific Strands

11:30am to 4:15pm CST with two 30-minute breaks




C - Getting Started with PBIS

 

For new leaders and those needing a refresher, this strand will provide the core components of getting started with Tier 1 PBIS including the data needed to successfully guide implementation of effective practices supported by systems. The multi-tiered logic with definitions, practical examples, and critical features will be shared. Participants will have the opportunity to self-assess PBIS implementation status prior to the event, interact with a variety of experienced implementers serving as panelists throughout the sessions, and engage in live action planning.

 

  11:30am-12:45pm CT

C1 - Getting Started: Using Data for Decision Making
Heather Peshak George, Brian Gaunt, & Therese Sandomierski, University of South Florida;

Brian Meyer & Diane LaMaster, Midwest PBIS Network (IL)

 

Schools need meaningful data to identify a variety of needs and determine effectiveness of supports provided across tiers. This session will describe the various data used within the PBIS framework to select, monitor, and evaluate outcomes, practices, and systems at both the district and school level.


1:15pm-2:30pm CT

C2 - Getting Started: Implementing Effective Practices

Heather Peshak George & Lauren Evanovich, University of South Florida; Brian Meyer, Midwest PBIS Network (IL); Tara Davis, Forsyth County Schools (GA); Juan Lira, School District U-46 (IL)

 

The key to improving school outcomes are the strategies utilized to support the students and adults at every level. This session will describe how data-driven PBIS teams emphasize the careful selection and integration of evidence-based practices or interventions into a continuum of effective behavior support.


3:00pm-4:15pm CT

C3 - Getting Started: Establishing Systems of Support

Heather Peshak George & Betsy Lazega, University of South Florida University of South Florida; Brian Meyer, Midwest PBIS Network (IL); Angela Hernandez, Arlington Independent School District (TX); Jay Roscup, Finger Lakes Community Schools (NY)

 

Schools implementing evidence-based practices need support systems to enable effectiveness and efficiency to enhance outcomes. PBIS schools establish working structures or operational procedures to organize, sustain, and scale implementation. This session will describe the foundational system features critical to successful school-wide implementation.

 

D - Juvenile Justice

 

The application of PBIS within Juvenile Justice facilities and other alternative school settings continues to expand as leaders commit to equitable and evidence-based approaches for promoting positive social-emotional-behavioral approaches that support effective academic learning. This strand will focus on increasing fidelity of Tier 1 implementation, and integrating and aligning PBIS with other systems and initiatives present in facilities and alternative settings. Experiences and advice from leaders and implementers from various states will be included.

 

11:30am-12:45pm CT

D1 - Voices from the Field: Implementing Tier 1 in Alternative Settings

Brenda Scheuermann, Texas State University

Content Facilitator: Kim Wood, Placer County Office of Education (CA)

 

Alternative programs implementing PBIS have experiences and challenges unique to their context and setting. This session will use a brief interview format to highlight the perceptions of administrators, team members, and staff from alternative programs implementing PBIS with a focus on Tier 1.


1:15pm-2:30pm CT

D2 - Strengthening & Streamlining Core Tier 1 Features

Brenda Scheuermann, Texas State University; Mitchell Gould & JoDonna Burdoff, West Virginia Schools of Diversion & Transition

 

This session will focus on Tier 1 implementation challenges, and strategies for coaches and PBIS leaders for managing those challenges. Use of electronic scanner systems in alternative programs in West Virginia will be discussed. These systems facilitate critical PBIS data and other Tier 1 features, and have mitigated Tier 1 implementation challenges.

 

3:00pm-4:15pm CT

D3 - Integrating & Aligning PBIS with Other Initiatives

Jeffrey Sprague, University of Oregon; DJ Pittenger, San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (CA)

Content Facilitator: Brenda Scheuermann, Texas State University

 

This session will describe an outcome-driven process for integrating initiatives or practices within alternative programs. Focus will be on identification of key practices, implementation fidelity, integrated systems of support, and desired outcomes as part of a comprehensive strategy for integrating PBIS with other initiatives and programs.

 

E - Mental Health Integration

 

To effectively meet the mental health needs of students, schools need to engage with communities and families with efficiency and accountability. This strand will offer guidance and examples for state and local leaders to align and strengthen all social-emotional-behavioral efforts through one interconnected system. Sessions will demonstrate how the core features of MTSS are used to ensure a sustainable system that impacts the mental health of students, families, and communities. Tools and planning templates will be provided.

 

11:30am-12:45pm CT

E1 - The Way Forward: Using the Interconnected Systems Framework Process to Ensure Equity in Mental Health in Schools

Susan Barrett, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA); Jessica Swain-Bradway, Northwest PBIS Network (OR); Kurt Hatch, Association of Washington School Principals

Content Facilitator: Lucille Eber, Midwest PBIS Network (IL)

 

Committing to equity means committing to disrupting harm interpersonally as well as institutionally. This session will describe how the Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) provides actions for leaders and educators that promote systems of wellness, healing, and equitable mental health supports in schools.

 

Resources:

1:15pm-2:30pm CT

E2 - District-level Implementation of the Interconnected Systems Framework: Expand Your Team, Expand Your Results

Kelly Perales, Midwest PBIS Network (IL); Jennifer Kubista, Central School District (OR)

Content Facilitator: Susan Barrett, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA)

 

Meeting the social-emotional-behavioral health needs of every student requires a single system of delivery now more than ever. This session will describe how to create a unified and comprehensive approach for district and community leaders. An exemplar district’s experience using available resources and tools will be shared.

 

Resources:

3:00pm-4:15pm CT

E3 - School Level Implementation of the Interconnected Systems Framework: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Lucille Eber, Midwest PBIS Network (IL); Bob Putnam, The May Institute (MA); Karen McCrillis, Gardner Public School District (MA)

Content Facilitator: Kelly Perales, Midwest PBIS Network (IL)

 

Shifting from individual clinician to team selection and progress monitoring of interventions for trauma, anxiety, and other mental health needs is challenging. This session will describe the application of MTSS features in schools including tools to guide coaches and teams, and the voices and experiences of implementers from Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) sites.

 

Resources:

 

F - Tier 2 Systems & Practices

 

This strand will provide an overview of key components to systemic school/district success and evidence-based Tier 2 practices. Sessions will include the voices and experiences of key leaders and practitioners from schools and districts illustrating practices and providing advice for effectiveness. Resource lists will be provided with links to tools, materials, and related past presentations to allow participants to access more information on Tier 2 systems and include these practices.

 

11:30am-12:45pm CT

F1 - Essential Features of Tier 2 Supports & Reflections from District-wide Implementation
Danielle Starkey, Omaha Public Schools (NE); Melissa Nantais, Michigan’s Multi-tiered System of Supports Technical Assistance Center; District/School Leader Panel; Julie Mueller, Freemont Public Schools (NE); Stacy King, Center School District (MO); Chris Hubbuch, Fulton Public School District 58 (MO)

Content Facilitator: Tim Lewis, University of Missouri

 

This session will provide an overview of essential considerations for developing Tier 2 supports within a continuum of positive behavior supports. Key systems, data, and practices will be discussed. A panel of district leaders will discuss implementation successes and challenges.

 

1:15pm-2:30pm CT

F2 - Small Group Social Skills Instruction & Self-management

Kim Selders & Lisa Powers, University of Missouri; Barbara Mitchell, Minnesota State University; Leslie Thomas-Washington, Ferguson-Florissant School District (MO)

Content Facilitator: Tim Lewis, University of Missouri

 

Small group social skills and student self-monitoring/management systems are widely used Tier 2 practices. Core features and how to access additional resources of each, along with implementation examples highlighting key features, challenges, and successes, will be shared.

 

3:00pm-4:15pm CT

F3 - Academic Supports & Promoting Student Engagement
Reesha Adamson, Missouri State University; Sarah Estrapala & Heather Hatton, University of Missouri; Alayna Hitz, Nixa School District (MO); Kaleigh Pickett, Republic School District (MO); Katie Lalla, Iowa City Community Schools (IA); Lisa Hazel, Ferguson-Florissant School District (MO)

Content Facilitator: Tim Lewis, University of Missouri

 

While used less often within school-wide systems of PBIS, academic supports are often key in promoting student academic and behavioral success. Core features and how to access additional resources of each along with implementation examples highlighting key features, challenges, and successes will be shared.

 

G - Family Partnerships

 

The past year has highlighted the importance of deliberate and authentic partnerships between schools and families. Sessions in this strand will describe and provide applied examples of how to enhance family-school partnerships to support students with a wide range of social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs. Practical examples for effectively engaging with families, enhancing family voice in the design of supports, and strengthening partnerships to improve student success at Tiers 1, 2, and 3 will be shared.

 

11:30am-12:45pm CT

G1 - Including Family Voice & Supporting Family Partnership within School-wide PBIS

Andy Garbacz, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Devon Minch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jon Jagemann, Milwaukee Public Schools (WI)

Content Facilitator: Ashley Thoma, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

This session will describe strategies to strengthen outreach to families and include family voice in promoting partnerships in PBIS. Strategies to understand family perspectives and experiences will be described. Integrating family voice in school-wide PBIS systems and practices in partnership with families to advance equity will be emphasized.

 

Resources:

1:15pm-2:30pm CT

G2 - Enhancing Family-School Communication & Partnership at Tier 2
Sarah Fefer & Ashley Thoma, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Kathleen Strickland-Cohen, University of Oregon; Amanda Foley, Agawam Public Schools (MA)

Content Facilitator: Maria Santiago-Rosario, University of Oregon

 

School-family communication and partnership have proven to be integral for academic and social-behavioral success, particularly for students with targeted and intensive needs. This session will provide practical, evidence-based examples of how schools and educators can partner with families to support students more effectively at Tier 2.

 

Resources:

3:00pm-4:15pm CT

G3 - Partnering with Families to Support the Needs of Students at Tier 3

Laura Kern, University of South Florida; Mark Weist, University of South Carolina; Christopher Haines, Greater Greenville Mental Health Center (SC)

Content Facilitator: Andy Garbacz, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

This session will explore challenges faced by families navigating the needs of their children and individualized Tier 3 interventions. Best practices from the field that promote collaboration between home, school, and mental health services will be shared. An innovative project prioritizing family partnerships in Greenville, SC, will be presented.

 

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Facilitated Discussions

Facilitated discussions provide an opportunity for continuing conversations on specific PBIS topics. These sessions will be led by Virtual PBIS Leadership Forum presenters and will be structured as a facilitated dialogue and networking session (Community of Practice) with opportunities for participants to propose questions electronically within our virtual conferencing platform. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with questions to actively engage in the dialogue.


 5:15pm-6:15pm CSTFD1 - Beginning to Embed Cultural Responsiveness into PBIS System

Discussion Leaders: Jennifer Rose, Loyola University (IL); Milaney Leverson, Wisconsin RTI Center & Kent Smith, Wisconsin RTI Center; Kent McIntosh, University of Oregon

 

This facilitated discussion will provide a brief overview on how to start embedding culturally responsive practices in Tier 1 systems, followed by a chance to dialogue. Participants are invited to review the Center on PBIS Cultural Responsiveness Field Guide and come prepared with questions for facilitators and each other.


 5:15pm-6:15pm CSTFD2 - Integration of School Mental Health & PBIS: Tips & Strategies

Discussion Leaders: Lucille Eber, Midwest PBIS Network (IL); Susan Barrett, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA)

 

Join this facilitated discussion to talk more about your experiences, challenges, and questions. We will provide review of new materials and resources to support your integrated efforts.


 5:15pm-6:15pm CSTFD3 - Building a Culture of Support for Teachers to Integrate Academic & Social-Emotional-Behavioral Instruction

Discussion Leaders: Kimberly Yanek, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA); Steve Goodman, Michigan’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports Technical Assistance Center

 

This facilitated discussion will provide the opportunity to engage in reflective thinking and collaborative sharing of resources to plan for supporting ourselves and other teachers to implement high-leverage practices, differentiated instruction for each and every student, and placing the teacher well-being at the center of this work.


 5:15pm-6:15pm CSTFD4 - District-wide PBIS: Promoting the Capacity to Sustain High-Fidelity Implementation

Discussion Leaders: Tim Lewis & Kelsey Morris, University of Missouri

 

Implementation of PBIS at the school level is more successful when it is supported by a district-level infrastructure or system. This facilitated discussion will highlight elements necessary to drive and sustain implementation. All who are exploring or involved in district-wide implementation of PBIS are welcome.


 5:15pm-6:15pm CSTFD5 - Systematic Screening: Complexities & Considerations

Discussion Leader: Kathleen Lynne Lane, University of Kansas

Content Facilitator: Wendy Peia Oakes, Arizona State University

 

This will be a facilitated discussion about complexities and considerations for systematic screening in the COVID era. At a time when supporting student's emotional well-being is critical for all preK-12 educators, systematic screening efforts are at the forefront of the conversation. We will discuss lessons learned and resources from pbis.org.


 5:15pm-6:15pm CSTFD6 - Level Systems in Alternative Settings

Discussion Leaders: Brenda Scheuermann, Texas State University; Kim Wood, Placer County Regional Office of Education (CA)

 

Level systems are widely used in alternative settings. This facilitated discussion will pose three to four questions to solicit input from participants on the purposes of level systems in their programs, considerations for aligning PBIS with existing level systems, and strategies for alignment.


 5:15pm-6:15pm CSTFD7 - High School Network Meeting

Discussion Leaders: Brigid Flannery, University of Oregon; Stephanie Martinez, University of South Florida; Ami Flammini, Midwest PBIS Network (IL)

 

This facilitated discussion will be an opportunity to network with other high school implementers. The Association for Positive Behavioral Support’s High School Network typically meets face-to-face in Chicago, so this will be a virtual replication of that meeting. Brief comments on current topics high schools are experiencing will be offered followed by small group, facilitated conversations for high school implementers.


Thursday, October 28th


Opening Session

10:45am-11:20pm CT

Back to Better: Building on Our Basics
Renee Bradley, US Department of Education, Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Service


3-Part Topic-specific Strands

11:30am to 4:15pm CST with two 30-minute breaks



H - Classroom PBIS

 

Educators have always been asked to do more each year and this certainly has been true for the changing context of education we have found ourselves in during recent times. This strand will explore practical and efficient ways to support teacher use of high leverage practices for each and every student. An interactive note-taker, virtual collaboration space, and an opportunity to continue the discussion during a facilitated dialogue session will be provided.

 

11:30am-12:45pm CT

H1 - Teaching Behavior: Managing Classrooms with Effective Instruction
Terrance Scott, Stanford Research Institute (SRI International) (CA)

Content Facilitator: Steve Goodman, Michigan’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports Technical Assistance Center

 

This session will focus on specific teacher instructional behaviors with evidence for increasing student success around both academics and behavior. Considerations for implementation in typical classrooms and video examples will be used to clarify processes and procedures.

 

Resources:

1:15pm-2:30pm CT

H2 - Implementing the Continuum in the Classroom to Support Each & Every Learner
Diane Myers, Specialized Education Services, Inc. (TX); Bob Putnam, The May Institute (MA); Brandi Simonsen, University of Connecticut

Content Facilitator: Kimberly Yanek, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA)

 

This session will briefly review key Tier 1 classroom practices to support all learners and discuss how to differentiate practices and implement a full continuum in the classroom. Strategies to ensure equitable implementation will be shared and lessons learned from the field will be highlighted.

 

Resources:

3:00pm-4:15pm CT

H3 - You Can't Pour from a Cracked Vessel: Wellness as the Precursor/Foundation for Effective, Nurturing Classrooms

Jennifer Rose, Loyola University (IL); Kimberly Yanek, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA); Michael Gregory, Virginia Tiered Systems of Support

Content Facilitator: Kimberly Yanek, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA)

 

Discussions of educator wellness (i.e., emotional and physical) have increased significantly over the past year. This session will describe how teacher self-care has always been relevant within PBIS as it directly impacts the ability to implement high leverage practices. Strategies such as neutralizing routines, and grounding to facilitate effective instruction, both for academic and social-emotional-behavioral (SEB) growth for students, will be shared.

 

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I - District Leadership

 

District-wide systems and supports that build internal capacity are critical for sustaining and expanding effective PBIS. This strand will describe the logic of district-wide implementation and the elements that drive effectiveness and expansion of PBIS across a district. District leaders will share how they implement, sustain, and scale PBIS district-wide. Sessions will demonstrate capacity building through common data, tools, interventions, and processes essential for sustaining across tiers. Assessment, planning tools, and resources will be shared.

 

11:30am-12:45pm CT

I1 - Overview & Logic of District-wide Implementation

Kelsey Morris, University of Missouri; Danielle Starkey, Omaha Public Schools (NE); Jane Crawford, Ferguson-Florissant School District (MO); Rane Garcia, Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System (MI); Janina Kusielewicz, Clifton Public Schools (NJ)

Content Facilitator: Trisha Guffey, University of Missouri

 

Initiating, expanding, and sustaining PBIS at the school level requires systemic support from the district. This session will provide an understanding of how districts can build internal capacity to implement PBIS district-wide. District leaders will share their experiences with developing district-wide systems supporting implementation, developing their workforce, and striving for sustainability.

 

1:15pm-2:30pm CT

I2 - Establishing Systems for Evaluation & Policy
Heather Hatton, University of Missouri; Danielle Starkey, Omaha Public Schools (NE); Jake Troja, Des Moines Public Schools (IA); Leslie Hochsprung, Independence School District (MO)

 

District leadership teams support implementation through policy and evaluation systems. This session will focus on creating the systems and tools necessary to support buildings in collecting, entering, retrieving, analyzing, and reporting data. Ways to evaluate and revise district-level policy to support implementation and sustainability of PBIS will be explored.

 

3:00pm-4:15pm CT

I3 - Building the Continuum: Supporting All Tiers Across the District
Lisa Powers, University of Missouri; Stacy King, Center School District (MO); Carrie Novotny-Buss, Millard Public Schools (NE)

Content Facilitators: Kelsey Morris & Trisha Guffey, University of Missouri

 

Sustaining the work of all three tiers district-wide is the ultimate goal of PBIS implementation. Join us as we learn from exemplar district teams who have moved from building-level focus toward developing and implementing district-wide processes for standardized interventions, common tools and data, and training and support.

 

J - Equity in School Discipline

 

To ensure each student is successful, we need to examine our PBIS systems with an equity mindset, including disaggregating data and adapting systems to meet the needs and strengths of students and families. This strand will share strategies for making PBIS systems more culturally responsive, coaching for implementation, and maximizing the effects of district equity initiatives. We will begin with how to adapt Tier 1 PBIS to improve fit with the values and needs of students in school and classroom. Additional sessions will address coaching to get culturally responsive practices in place, and district equity initiatives.

 

11:30am-12:45pm CT

J1 - Implementing Tier 1 PBIS Systems with Cultural Responsiveness

Jennifer Rose, Loyola University (IL); Milaney Leverson, Wisconsin RTI Center & Kent Smith, Wisconsin RTI Center; Tabathia Baldy, Colquitt County Schools (GA)

Content Facilitator: Kent McIntosh, University of Oregon

 

Disproportionality in school discipline begins at the point of referral. That means that bias and punitive discipline policies are among the more significant issues that lead to disproportionality and are most likely to be strongest in the classroom. This session will introduce participants to the core features of classroom PBIS systems and offer specific ways to approach these changes with an equity mindset in order to make them more culturally responsive.

 

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1:15pm-2:30pm CT

J2 - Coaching for Equity in School Discipline

Kent McIntosh & Maria Santiago-Rosario, University of Oregon; Ruthie Payno-Simmons, Michigan’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports Technical Assistance Center; Nicholas Diggs, Old Dominion University (VA)

 

In this interactive question and answer session, a panel of coaches will share their experiences in increasing commitment to improve equity in school discipline and ensure adequate fidelity of implementation within a PBIS model.

 

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3:00pm-4:15pm CT

J3 - PBIS in Theory & Policy: Development & Implementation of Disciplinary Policies & Procedures 

Ambra Green, University of Texas at Arlington

Content Facilitator: Kent McIntosh, University of Oregon

 

As state legislatures continue to redefine discipline, local educational agencies (LEAs) must keep up with changes in policies. This session will discuss best practices for policy revision and implementation that can increase equitable and preventative school frameworks. Participants will review examples and non-examples of district and state policies.

 

K - Tier 3 Systems & Practices

 

This strand will provide an opportunity to dive deeper into Tier 3 supports following the content that was shared and recorded during last year's PBIS Leadership Forum. Session K1 will review material previously shared on Tier 3 Systems and Practices and offer more in-depth knowledge of practices. Session K2 will provide an overview of functional thinking related to internalizing behaviors. Session K3 will discuss person-centered planning and how it can impact Tier 3 support.

 

11:30am-12:45pm CT

K1 - Take a Deeper Dive in Tier 3: Reviewing the 2020 Tier 3 Presentations

Chris Borgmeier, Portland State University (OR); Rose Iovannone & Don Kincaid, University of South Florida

 

Last year's PBIS Leadership Forum provided an overview of critical systems to support Tier 3 including an overview of basic and more advanced FBA/BIP practices. This session will provide a brief overview of each session from last year and then open up the conversation to address some of your critical questions as you dive deeper into Tier 3. Participants are encouraged to watch last year's sessions on www.pbis.org.

 

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1:15pm-2:30pm CT

K2 - Supporting Students with Internalizing Behavior at Tier 3: A Function-based Approach

Rose Iovannone, University of South Florida; Kathleen Strickland-Cohen, University of Oregon

 

Students with internalizing behaviors associated with anxiety, depression, and similar mental health concerns often require individualized school-based behavior support. Thinking “functionally” about internalizing challenges can assist school teams in understanding how environmental events predict and maintain these behaviors, leading to development of more effective behavior intervention plans.

 

3:00pm-4:15pm CT

K3 - Person-centered Planning Approaches to Enhance Tier 3 Supports

Don Kincaid & Karen Elfner, University of South Florida

 

Person-centered planning approaches offer the capacity for individual student support teams to help students achieve important quality of life outcomes. This session will review several types of person-centered planning approaches and how the information gained from this process can produce better and more targeted social-emotional-behavioral supports that can lead to valued life outcomes.

 

L - Youth Voice

 

Bringing students and adults together can be a powerful strategy for strengthening the social, emotional, and academic fabric of the school. Authentically engaging students' voices can contribute to the establishment of equitable learning environments. This strand will describe strategies to build constructive youth voice within PBIS implementation with a focus on effective change at the building, district, and state level. Participants will hear directly what our young people are experiencing in school and in their community with a focus on mental health needs.

 

11:30am-12:45pm

L1 - Allowing Youth Voice to Inform Mental Wellness Efforts
Ami Flammini, Midwest PBIS Network (IL); Kelcey Schmitz, University of Washington SMART Center

Content Facilitator: Patti Hershfeldt, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA)


The voices of our students are critical as schools navigate necessary changes to practices and policies which include mental wellness. This session, which includes live student discussion, will highlight different ways students have become involved in supporting other students as well as informing adults of changes they feel are necessary to influence mental wellness for all.

 

1:15pm-2:30pm CT

L2 - Involving Youth in School & District Decision Making: Let Data Guide
Patti Hershfeldt, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA); Brigid Flannery, University of Oregon; Jessica McClung, Roanoke County Public Schools (VA)

 

As policymakers and leadership continue efforts to recover from the pandemic and reimagine and rebuild education, it is imperative that students are directly and meaningfully included. This session will provide examples of how students have been intentionally involved with data, program development, and efforts to ensure equitable learning environments.

 

3:00pm-4:15pm CT

L3 - Youth Speaking Up About Inequity: Their Experiences Through Their Own Voices

Jessica Swain-Bradway, Northwest PBIS Network (OR); Marcus Jackson & Felicia Singleton, San Diego South County Special Education Local Plan Area (CA)

Content Facilitator: Patti Hershfeldt, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA)


This session will showcase a series of student panels designed to illuminate how racism shows up in schools and communities through the voices and experiences of those directly impacted: the students. The virtual panels will provide an opportunity for educators to hear and learn from the student school experience.