Session Summary

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Tuesday, October 26th

10:45am-12:15pm CT

Opening Session


Welcome & Organizer

Brian Meyer, Midwest PBIS Network (IL)


Spotlight on District-level Voices

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

12:45pm-2:00pm CT

Day 1: Single Topic Breakout Sessions

A1 - Systems-level Coaching for State Success
Cat Raulerson, University of South Florida; Kelcey Schmitz, School Mental Health Assessment Research & Training Center (WA)
Content Facilitator:
Don Kincaid, University of South Florida

A2 - Leveraging Short Term Funding to Build Long Term Capacity
Steve Goodman, Michigan’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports Technical Assistance Center; Tim Lewis, University of Missouri; Susan Barrett, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA)

A3 - Integrating School Climate Data within the PBS Framework to Promote Equitable Educational Experiences
Tamika La Salle, University of Connecticut
Content Facilitator: Clynita Grafenreed, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (TX)

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)

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

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

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)

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 (
MA)

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

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

2:30pm-3:45pm CT

B1 - Predictable Host Environments for African American Male Students

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

Content Facilitator: Tim Lewis, University of Missouri

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

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

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)

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

Nakisa Asefnia & Mark Weist, University of South Carolina; Jordan Brantley, Greater Greenville Mental Health Center (SC)

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

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)

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)

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

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

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


Wednesday, October 27th

10:454m-11:20pm CT

Opening Session


Introduction to Strands

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

Spotlight on Youth Voices

TBD students

11:30am-4:45pm CT

Day 2: Topic-specific Strands


C - Getting Started with PBIS

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)

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)

3:00pm-4:15pm CT

C3 - Getting Started: Establishing Systems of Support

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

D - Juvenile Justice

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)

1:15pm-2:30pm CT

D2 - Strengthening & Streamlining Core Tier 1 Features
Brenda Scheuermann, Texas State University; Mitchell Gould, JoDonna Burdoff, & Heather Byram, West Virginia Schools of Diversion & Transition

3:00pm-4:15pm CT

D3 - Integrating & Aligning PBIS with Other Initiatives
Jeffrey Sprague, University of Oregon; DJ Pittenger & Lindsey Tompkins, San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (CA); Marguerite Harris, San Luis Obispo County Probation Department (CA)
Content Facilitator:
Brenda Scheuermann, Texas State University

E - Mental Health Integration

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, University of Washington-Tacoma
Content Facilitator:
Lucille Eber, Midwest PBIS Network (IL)

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 & Britta Centoni, Central School District (OR)
Content Facilitator:
Susan Barrett, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA)

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)

F - Tier 2 Systems & 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); Chris Hubbuch, Fulton Public School District 58 (MO)
Content Facilitator: Tim Lewis, University of Missouri

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); Kaleigh Pickett, Republic School District (MO); Kody Christensen & Apryl Beck, Fremont Public Schools (NE)
Content Facilitator: Tim Lewis, University of Missouri

3:00pm-4:15pm CT

F3 - Academic Supports & Promoting Student Engagement
Reesha Adamson, Missouri State University; Sara 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

G - Family Partnerships

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; Christy Stone & Lisa Salva, Milwaukee Public Schools (WI)
Content Facilitator: Ashley Thoma, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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

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


Thursday, October 28th

10:454m-11:20pm CT

Opening Session


Back to Better: Building on Our Basics

Renee Bradley, US Department of Education, Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Service




11:30am-4:45pm CT

Day 3: Topic-specific Strands


H - Classroom PBIS

11:30am-12:45pm CT

H1 - Teaching Behavior: Managing Classrooms with Effective Instruction
Terrance Scott, Center for Instructional & Behavioral Research in Schools - University of Louisville (KY)
Content Facilitator: Steve Goodman, Michigan’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports Technical Assistance Center

1:15pm-2:30pm CT

H2 - Implementing the Continuum in the Classroom to Support Each & Every Learner
Bob Putnam, The May Institute (MA); Brandi Simonsen, University of Connecticut; Amber Casavant, Gardner Public School District (MA)
Content Facilitator:
Kimberly Yanek, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA)

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

I - District Leadership

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, Michigan Department of Education; Paula Raygoza, Clifton Public Schools (NJ)
Content Facilitator: Trisha Guffey, University of Missouri

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

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); Terry Houlton & Carrie Novotny-Buss, Millard Public Schools (NE)
Content Facilitators: Kelsey Morris & Trisha Guffey, University of Missouri

J - Equity in School Discipline

11:30am-12:45pm CT

J1 - Implementing Tier 1 PBIS Systems with Cultural Responsiveness
Jennifer Rose, Loyola University (IL); Milaney Leverson & Kent Smith, Cooperative Educational Service Agency 10 (WI); Tabathia Baldy, Colquitt County Schools (GA)
Content Facilitator:
Kent McIntosh, University of Oregon

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)

3:00pm-4:15pm CT

J3 - PBIS in Theory & Policy: Development & Implementation of Disciplinary Policies & Procedures
Ambra Green, University of Texas at Arlington; Holly Ferguson & Susan Enfield, Highline Public Schools (WA);
Content Facilitator:
Kent McIntosh, University of Oregon

K - Tier 3 Systems & Practices

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

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

3:00pm-4:15pm CT

K3 - Person-centered Planning Approaches to Enhance Tier 3 Supports
Don Kincaid & Karen Elfner, University of South Florida

L - Youth Voice

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)

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)

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, San Diego County Office of Education, South County Special Education Local Plan Area (CA); Felicia Singleton, San Diego County Office of Education, Student Services and Programs (CA)
Content Facilitator: Patti Hershfeldt, Center for Social Behavior Supports, Old Dominion University (VA)