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Keynote Speaker and Breakout Sessions

Keynote Speaker and Session Presenter: Chris Moore, Ed.S.

Chris Moore HeadshotChris Moore, Ed.S. is currently a school psychologist with Salem-Keizer Public Schools – a district of 42,000 students in Oregon. He works in the Office of Behavioral Learning focused primarily on Social-Emotional Learning, School-Based Mental Health Support, Wellness in the Workplace, Consultation and Mediation.  Chris has been an adjunct faculty member at Oregon State University in the Graduate School of Education since 2007.  He earned both his Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  Prior to his work as a school psychologist, he co-designed and implemented an alternative education program serving at-risk youth in McMinnville, Oregon, where he also did extensive work with Court Appointed Special Advocates.  Chris’ background includes supervisory and milieu therapy work in a residential adolescent psychiatric treatment program, coaching 8th-grade boys basketball and driving a school bus.  He has studied abroad in England, Kenya, and Tanzania, and his four favorite wellness strategies are racing mountain bikes, snowboarding, cheering for the Portland Trail Blazers, and being a shameless finder of bright spots.


“Believing in Better:  Why Trauma, Social-Emotional Learning and the Healing Power of Healthy Relationships Begins and Ends with Us”
Presenter: Chris Moore

It is estimated that one half to two-thirds of students experience trauma prior to their 18th birthday. Trauma is generally described as a biopsychosocial response to a negative external event or series of events which surpasses a student’s ability to manage themselves and their environment in developmentally appropriate ways. This, in essence, leads to students experiencing past emotions & sensations in the present moment.  A variety of events can have a traumatic effect on children, adolescents and adults including, but not limited to, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect, accidents, witnessing abuse, or losing a loved one. Such experiences often influence brain development and have a direct, immediate, and potentially overwhelming effect on the ability of a student to function on a daily basis, let alone learn according to contemporary standards in public education. This keynote address will help attendees begin to understand the impact of trauma and its potential effects not only on students and learning but also on the adults in charge of caring for them. Attendees will also learn how they can use principles of social-emotional learning (SEL) to build healthy, healing relationships with ALL students and respond appropriately to those whose lives have been forever influenced by trauma.

Additional Resources:

1. Teaching the Whole Child
2. The Heart of Teaching and Learning

Breakout Session Descriptions

Breakout Session One: 10:15am – 11:30am

Trauma-Informed Practices and Care – Jordan Ballroom
Presenter: Chris Moore, Ed.S.
The contemporary challenges of working with vulnerable populations of students and colleagues impacted by trauma takes a toll on educators physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. Limited resources, frequent crises, and cumulative toxic stress interferes with the quality and efficacy of student care. Nurturing resilient teams in trauma-informed schools requires the courageous re-imagining of how we care for ourselves and each other. This breakout session will build on the keynote address, helping participants understand how to implement sustainable strategies that nurture healthy trauma-informed teams.

Additional Resources:

  1. Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents
  2. Remembering Trauma: Facilitators Guide
  3. Remembering Trauma: Role Specific Questions
  4. Mindful STOP
  5. PERMA for a Wellbeing Classroom
  6. Shedding the “Shoulds”
  7. Teacher Stress
  8. Teaching the Whole Child
  9. Bringing Mindfulness to the Workplace
  10. What is Child Trauma? 
  11. The Truth About Work/Life Balance

PBIS 101: The Basics – Hatch AB Ballroom
Presenters: Jennifer Tachell, Ed.S. and Jamie Marts, M.A.Ed
This session will provide participants with an introduction and overview to 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.

Human Behavior and Organizational Change: How to Make New Initiatives Stick – Bishop Barnwell Room
Presenter: Matt McCarter, M.A.
This interactive presentation will uncover important nuances of successful (and unsuccessful) organizational change initiatives. Knowledge of how the people in systems react to new ways of doing business can make the difference between what works and what doesn’t. Come prepared to learn, laugh, interact and increase your ability to be an agent of positive change in your school or district.

Restorative Practices Within a PBIS Framework – Farnsworth Room
Presenter: Chris Bryner, M.S./MAT
Restorative Practices fit nicely into the PBIS framework and offer tiered interventions and supports to students at every level. At the heart of restorative practices is the belief that relationships are both necessary and powerful components of successful learning. In this session, participants will discover the power of using restorative practices to build a strong classroom community and safe spaces to resolve a conflict.

Helping Teams Use Data for Decision Making – Hatch CD
Presenter: Bert Eliason, Ph.D.
We know using data for decision making is important, but sometimes schools have so much data and staff sometimes don’t know how to start paring it down to useful information. How do we organize our data systems into efficient decisions systems that allow teams to make day-to-day, month-to-month, and annual decisions that lead to better outcomes for students and staff?

This session will focus on the universal level of support and provide an overview of the (a) critical features of data-based decision making, (b) description of commonly used data sources and their primary purpose, and (c) tools for organizing decision-making teams, meeting routines, and data analysis.

Breakout Session Two: 1:00pm – 2:15pm

Managing and Understanding Escalating Behavior – Jordan Ballroom
Presenter: Jennifer Tachell, Ed.S.
Increasing resiliency in students makes them better able to cope with big emotions and therefore return to the learning environment more quickly on those occasions when they have a “meltdown”. This session will help participants better understand the escalation cycle and how to support students with challenging behaviors so that they can help students to become more resilient.

Ignite Session: Implementing Schoolwide PBIS at the Elementary Level – Bishop Barnwell
Presenters: Ramsey Magnet School of Science – Coeur d’Alene School District, West Elementary – Mountain Home School District, May Roberts Elementary – Ontario School District
This session will showcase three elementary schools presenting their journey through implementing the Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports framework. Attend this engaging session to learn more about the diverse successes and challenges elementary schools have experienced when implementing their behavior framework. In addition, participants will learn specific strategies for implementing PBIS and gain a greater understanding of what the framework looks like across diverse settings.

PBIS for Families, Schools, and Community – Hatch CD Ballroom
Presenter: Teri Lewis, Ph.D.
A traditional PBIS framework primarily focuses on school systems. However, the philosophy is to expand the foundation to include students, their families, and the community. By adopting this expanded framework, students are supported across all aspects of their day and the adults involved in their lives are working collaboratively to create a positive culture for all. This session will present suggestions for including students, families, and community across each of the three tiers of a PBIS framework.

PBIS for Administrators – Farnsworth
Presenter: Jean Lovelace, M.Ed.
The Principal is vital to the success of PBIS implementation in every school.  This session will describe the pathway to effective implementation and long-lasting change.  Bring your questions and ideas to this session as we dig into the details of making PBIS work in your setting.  Learn how to train and hold teachers accountable for the components of being a PBIS educator.

The Connect Model – Hatch AB
Presenter: Rhyan Garcia, MA, LPC, NCC
Participants will be educated on the CONNECT Model, which focuses on strengthening the teacher-student relationship to reduce problems behaviors. The model emphasizes teachers as the experts within their work with students and classroom environment. Participants will gain relevant, research-based, knowledge on the significance of the student-teacher relationship. Participants will learn strategies to form and maintain relationships with students through core conditions. Participants will learn strategies to truly listen and respond to students. Participants will be taught specific therapeutic skills to strengthen their relationships with students, thus reducing problem behaviors, and increasing connection.

Breakout Session Three: 2:30pm – 3:45pm

Classroom Management – Jordan Ballroom
Presenter: Jennifer Tachell, Ed.S. and Jamie Marts, M.A.Ed
A well-managed classroom is a foundation for positive relationships and academic success! Minimally, 80% of classroom management time should be invested in prevention and no more than 20% of invested time should be spent responding to (intervening on) student inappropriate behavior. Participants will leave this session with a greater understanding of how to:

  • Build Rapport and Relationships
  • Create and Teach Consistent and Effective Expectations
  • Acknowledge Positive Behavior and Provide Effective Feedback
  • Implement Consistent and Predictable Consequences

Ignite Session: Implementing PBIS at the Secondary Level – Bishop Barnwell
Presenters: Mountain Home High School – Mountain Home School District, Lake City High School – Coeur d’Alene School District, and Vera O’Leary Middle School – Twin Falls School District
This session will showcase three secondary schools presenting their journey through implementing the Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports framework. Attend this engaging session to learn more about the diverse successes and challenges secondary schools have experienced when implementing their behavior framework. In addition, participants will learn specific strategies for implementing PBIS and gain a greater understanding of what the framework looks like across diverse settings.

Cybersecurity: Discovering Google’s Interland – Hatch AB Ballroom
Presenter: Sherawn Reberry, Ed.D.
Have you ever wondered about getting your students prepared for the Digital World in which they live? Join our interactive session to discover Google’s Interland. This session will walk you through fundamental topics of being a digital citizen and staying safe online for you and your students. Bring your devices and be prepared for an engaging journey.

Supporting Students with Significant Behavioral Needs: An Intro to the FBA-BIP Process – Hatch CD
Presenter: Teri Lewis, Ph.D.
Schools, even those with strong academic and social behavior foundations that prevent issues, will have a small percent (1-5%) of students who will require intensive, individualized and comprehensive behavior interventions. Functional Behavior Assessment is the recommended assessment process for schools to determine how best to design a comprehensive behavior intervention. This session will go through the FBA-BIP process and is intended for those new to FBA-BIP and those who would like a review.

Unpacking what “Belonging” Means for Students with Disabilities – Farnsworth
Presenter: Renee Miner, M.Ed.
Inclusion in typical classrooms and shared engagement are critical components for meaningful belonging in our school environments. This presentation will explore “Belonging” and what adults can do to foster classroom communities where students with disabilities enjoy full membership.