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Keynote Speaker and Session Presenter: Dr. Robert Horner

rob-horner-200Rob Horner, Ph.D. is the Alumni-Knight endowed professor of special education at the University of Oregon where he directs the Educational and Community Supports research unit. He took his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Stanford University, his Master’s in Experimental Psychology from Washington State University, and received his Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Oregon. Dr. Horner’s research has focused on developing evidence-based interventions that result in socially significant changes for people with and without disabilities. As co-director with Dr. George Sugai of the OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Dr. Horner coordinates research and technical assistance activities with multiple partners across the nation. During the past 20 years, he has worked directly with schools and school administrators in the development of approaches for implementing school-wide systems of positive behavior support. He has been the editor of the Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the American Journal on Mental Retardation. In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Horner has received multiple awards, among them the SABA Public Service Behavior Analysis Award (2006), the AAMR Education Award (2002), the TASH Positive Approaches Award (2000), and the APA Fred Keller Educational Research Award (1996). 


Creating Safe and Effective Schools: Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
Presenter: Dr. Robert Horner

Description: This keynote will provide a context for Idaho’s PBIS implementation effort by
describing PBIS implementation nationally and core features of PBIS at Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III. Emphasis will be given to establishing the district capacity to sustain PBIS, and extend multi-tiered supports to all students.

Breakout Sessions

10:30 a.m.—11:35 a.m.                                 BREAKOUT SESSION I

Coaching PBIS Implementation
Presenter: Dr. Robert Horner 

Description: This session will distinguish between “training” and “coaching”, describe the attributes of individuals who are successful coaches, and present four “functions” of coaching that are directly linked to the successful implementation of PBIS.

PBIS: The Basics
Presenters: Jamie Marts and Jena Grenke

Description: This session will provide attendees with an introduction to an overview of the basic building blocks of Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS). SWPBIS is a framework or approach comprised of intervention practices and organizational systems for establishing the social culture, effective learning, and teaching environments, and individual behavior supports needed to achieve academic and social success for ALL students.

PBIS Applications: Tools to Help Your Team Implement SWPBIS with Fidelity
Presenters: Nadia Sampson and Dr. Bert Eliason

Description: This session will focus on providing participants with (1) An overview of PBIS Applications available online; (2) Explanation of value-added design for schools and educational facilities; (3) Shifting conversations from compliance to continuous quality improvement; (4) Sharing ideas for finding the pieces that fit best for your school, district, region, or state needs.

Digital Citizenship
Presenter: Dan Massimino 

Description: The opportunities for digital connection provided to our students on a nearly 24/7 basis can have some unintended consequences. The rise of cyberbullying, unsafe online practices, and a general lack of understanding of potential risks associated with technology use in classrooms has made the comprehension of digital citizenship a priority for all educational stakeholders. In this session, we will explore the current definition and components of digital citizenship, what resources are available, and what steps can be taken to ensure our students are using technology appropriately and successfully.

1:00 p.m.—2:05 p.m.                            BREAKOUT SESSION II

Check-In-Check-Out at the Elementary Level with May Roberts Elementary
Presenters: Sarah Poff, Marshell Hooker, Heather Annis and Dalia Ontiveros

Description: Tier II Interventions have targeted group interventions for students who are non-responders to Tier I Interventions and are at risk of developing patterns of problem behavior. These practices must be systemic with the objective of reducing problem behavior before it becomes worse over time. It is important to remember that Tier II Interventions are not meant for students with serious, chronic behavior problems who require comprehensive, individualized interventions.

In this session, the May Roberts Elementary PBIS Leadership Team will showcase their PBIS system and detail what their Check-In -Check-Out process looks like in action. The session will cover May Roberts’s struggles and successes. We invite participants to “check out” our practices and elements such as the administrative support needed, the organization required, the data collection and management, how it works within the classroom, and best of all – the RESULTS that are possible!

Disrupting Poverty
Presenter: Dr. Kathleen Budge

Description: Any educator who has “been in the business” for more than a few years has witnessed the increase in the number of students who live in poverty, and knows their job has become more challenging as a result. It requires far more than individual teachers’ diligent and often heroic efforts to disrupt poverty’s adverse influence on student learning. Based on the award-winning ASCD book, Turning High- Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools, co-author Kathleen Budge will provide an overview of a protocol for collaborative action and practical strategies intended to “jumpstart” participants’ thinking about how to apply these strategies in their own schools.

Organizing and Using Data for Decision Making at Tier I
Presenters: Nadia Sampson and Dr. Bert Eliason 

Outcomes: (1) Overview of PBIS Applications available online; (2) Explanation of value-added design for schools and educational facilities; (3) Shifting conversations from compliance to continuous quality improvement; (4) Sharing ideas for finding the pieces that fit best for your school, district, region, or state needs.

Description: Struggling to help your team(s) use their data for decision making? Confused about how often and which data to review? Trying to make sense of fidelity vs. implementation data? This session will explore strategies to organize, analyze, and summarize your data for effective decision making.

1. Identifying data sources and in-house expertise for data mining (e.g., discipline data, PBIS fidelity of implementation data, attendance, academics)
2. Creating data review schedules to give teams the bigger, school-wide picture (who, what, when, where, why) 3. Shifting conversations from compliance to continuous quality improvement
4. Sharing ideas for putting all the pieces together for more effective problem-solving.

SWPBIS: A Powerful Piece of Your School Safety and Security Profile
Presenters: Brian Armes and Mike Munger

Description: This session will focus on the elements present in a school’s safety and security profile, and how an effective SWPBIS program can be a key component of a school’s safety and security planning. During the session, we will introduce the newly formed Idaho Office of School Safety and Security, describe the processes of a holistic safety and security assessment, and discuss the role of school climate and culture in relation to school violence.

2:20 p.m.—3:25 p.m.                                         BREAKOUT SESSION III

Bullying Prevention In Idaho
Presenter: Dr. Katie Bubak-Azevedo 

Description: The presence of bullying behavior in schools can seriously affect the overall school climate and the success and mental health of all students and faculty. The National School Safety Center called bullying the most enduring and underrated prob- lem in U.S. schools. Some bullying behaviors can be easy to identify, while other bullying behaviors can occur quietly and covertly. “School bullying is dynamic process situated within relationships among students, educators, and other school community mem- bers” (Frey, Newman, Nolen, & Hirschstein, 2012).

The session will explore the rationale for addressing bullying prevention, the correlation between academic and behavioral success, Idaho students’ perception of the dynamic, and the current regulations set for all Idaho educators in relation to addressing the issue.

Collecting & Analyzing Data for Tier II and Tier III Student Interventions
Presenters: Nadia Sampson and Dr. Bert Eliason

Description: We know how to collect and use data at Tier I. What does this look like at Tiers II and III? This session will offer examples and demonstrate data collection tools available for progress monitoring at Tiers II and III. Session presenters will focus on an overview of the PBIS Application tools available (CICO-SWIS and ISIS-SWIS), as well as examples of how to use the application data for monitoring outcomes, and how the applications aid school efforts toward continuous quality improvement. Outcomes:

1. Overview of Tier II Check In, Check Out intervention and CICO-SWIS
2. Overview of Tier III interventions and ISIS-SWIS
3. Shifting conversations from compliance to continuous quality improvement
4. Sharing ideas for putting all the pieces together for more effective student support

Successes, Challenges, and Our Vision in Implementing SWPBIS in our Rural High School
Presenters: Leon Madsen, Callae Marcellus, Michelle Marquardt, Kim Piersol, and Zach Dong

Description: Typically, PBIS starts in primary grades, filtering up over time to middle schools and to the high schools. In Filer, we have reversed this process, starting in the high school. PBIS practices can be difficult to implement at the high school level. There is less information out there specific to high school students, fewer age-appropriate tools to borrow from other practitioners, and more staff to indoctrinate in order to create a culture of positive behavior support that is impactful to students. Along with these obstacles is also a certain level of, shall we say, reticence among some staff members that must be overcome in order to successfully implement SWPBIS practices.

In this session, we will present the successes and challenges we’ve had in implementing our vision. We will share the specific strate- gies that have worked well for us and our data to support this, along with challenges that we are still working to overcome. In our district, the high school has been the front runner in becoming a SWPBIS school. We are currently working to share and implement these philosophies and practices into the lower grade levels. We would like to share our successes, challenges, and vision for the future during this session.