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Keynote: Bullying Prevention in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Dr. Scott Ross, Director of the Office of Learning Support, Colorado State Department of Education

This presentation will describe a novel and functional approach to bullying prevention, which gives students the tools to reduce bullying through the blending of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports, explicit instruction, consistent adult responses, and a redefinition of the bullying construct. Participants will evaluate bullying prevention strategies they currently have in place and will think systematically and functionally about adding interventions that result in positive outcomes for all students. The Bullying Prevention in Positive Behavior Support curriculum will be demonstrated along with discussion of its development and empirical evaluation. Recent additions and research on BP-PBS, including a new strategy for working with older students and catching them standing up for one another will also be described. Finally, implementation and outcome data collection critical to sustainability will be discussed, and participants will leave the session with specific action plans for the future.

unnamedScott W. Ross, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is the new director of the Office of Learning Supports (OLS) at the Colorado Department of Education, which is responsible for advancing a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in Colorado. This includes collaboration with key stakeholders within and outside the department of education to craft and implement a long-range, focused plan for scaling up evidence-based practices. Previously, Dr. Ross was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University where he taught coursework in direct instruction, curriculum development, classroom management, coaching, and systems change. Dr. Ross is also the author of the Bullying Prevention in Positive Behavior Support curriculum and corresponding empirical analyses, for which he received the Initial Research of the Year award in 2010 from the Association of Positive Behavior Support. Dr. Ross has published and reviewed extensively for education journals, including Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, School Psychology Quarterly, Teaching Exceptional Children, and the Journal of Positive Behavior Support.

Break-out Sessions

Session: 10:45am – 12:00pm

Check-in Check-out and Social Skills (CICO+SS): Effective strategies for non-responders to BP-PBIS Hatch Ballroom
Scott Ross, Pd.D. – Director of the Office of Learning Support, Colorado State Department of Education

Several studies have demonstrated the efficacy of BP-PBIS as a Tier I intervention that significantly reduces bullying. However, the strategies within BP-PBIS are not enough for all students, indicating a need for Tier II supports. Check-in Check-out plus Social Skills (CICO+SS) was developed to provide Tier II strategies that (a) increase access to behavioral feedback, (b) deliver efficient, effective, and daily social skills instruction linked with the CICO process, and (c) increase access to peer reinforcement of appropriate behavior. Participants in the current session will consider efficient strategies for responding to students exhibiting bullying behaviors even after effective Tier I bullying prevention strategies have been implemented. The CICO+SS intervention will be demonstrated along with discussion of its development and empirical evaluation. Implementation and outcome data collection critical to sustainability will also be discussed.

Digital Citizenship and Cyber-Bullying  – Brink Room
Dan Massimino – Associate Director of Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies, Boise State University

The opportunities for digital connection provided to our students on a nearly 24/7 basis can have some unintended consequences.  The rise of cyber bullying, unsafe on-line 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 we take to ensure our students are using technology appropriately and successfully.

Organizing and Using Data for Decision Making at Tier I – Farnsworth Room
Jessica Daily – Director of Training, Marketing and Communications, PBIS Applications
Bert Eliason, Ed.D. – PBIS Applications Training Team
University of Oregon

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.

Outcomes: (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 efficient problem-solving.

What PBIS Looks Like in Idaho Schools – Bishop Barnwell Room
Karla Carper – Principal at Camelot Elementary
Tim Sperber – Principal at Whitman Elementary
Lewiston School District

Many educators are interested in implementing the PBIS framework, but struggle to understand what it could actually look like in their specific school or district setting. Join us for this dynamic session as Principal Karla Carper from Camelot Elementary School and Principal Tim Sperber from Whitman Elementary School share their incredible journey of Schoolwide PBIS implementation. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to see first-hand the transformative power of the PBIS framework and the difference it is making right here in Idaho’s schools!

Tim Sperber has been in education for the past 25 years.  His roles have included Secondary Social Studies and English Teacher, Alternative High School Principal, High School Athletic Director and now Elementary Principal.  Tim has been principal for the past 4 years at Whitman Elementary in Lewiston.

Karla Carper has been in education for the past 20 years.  Her background has been as a School Psychologist and a High School Counselor as well as an Academic Coordinator.  She has been in the role of elementary Principal for the past 6 years at Camelot Elementary in Lewiston.

Last year, both implemented PBIS and saw tremendous improvement in behavior and culture.  They are excited to share what they learned and how PBIS improved their schools!

Session: 1:15pm – 2:30pm

Bullying and Harassment Resources and Rules in Idaho Hatch Ballroom
Matt McCarter – Director of Student Engagement
Idaho State Department of Education

This guided discussion will highlight new requirements for Idaho schools relative to preventing, intervening and responding to bullying and harassment (I.C. 33-1630). Additionally, this session will identify existing resources to assist schools in addressing bullying and harassment. The discussion will focus on how participants are currently addressing student conflicts and what barriers/successes have come about as a result of the activity.  Come with your ideas and questions to take the next step in addressing bullying and harassment.

Collecting & Analyzing Data for Tier II and Tier III Student Interventions – Farnsworth Room
Jessica Daily – Director of Training, Marketing and Communications, PBIS Applications
Bert Eliason, Ed.D. – PBIS Applications Training Team
University of Oregon

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.

Embedding Bullyproofing within a PBIS Framework. It’s Easy and Just Makes Sense – Bishop Barnwell Room
Teri Lewis, Ph.D. – Oregon Director
Northwest PBIS Network, Inc.

Schools are tasked with addressing both the academic and social-behavioral needs of their students. Often bullying is one of those issues commonly challenging schools who are working to establish a positive and safe climate for their students. In particular, in Idaho HB 246 requires schools to ensure that their professional development includes information on harassment, intimidation, and bullying. This presentation will discuss how what is considered evidence-based bullyproofing aligns with PBIS framework and what schools need to establish positive school climates.

Session: 2:45pm – 4:00pm

PBIS 101  Hatch Ballroom
Katie Bubak, Ed.D. – Director of the Idaho Positive Behavior Network, Boise State University

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

The presentation will explore the following key elements of SWPBIS: (1) positive behavior is to be taught just like an academic subject; (2) students’ behavior and academic outcomes are linked; (3) SWPBIS is proactive, rather than reactive; and (4) SWPBIS is a team sport.

This session will also provide participants with an overview of the Idaho Positive Behavior Network and SWPBIS professional learning opportunities available in Idaho and surrounding states.

PBIS Applications: Tools to Help Your Team Implement SWPBIS with Fidelity – Farnsworth Room
Jessica Daily – Director of Training, Marketing and Communications, PBIS Applications
Bert Eliason, Ed.D. – PBIS Applications Training Team
University of Oregon

PBIS Applications is a research group, developed and operated by Educational and Community Supports (ECS) at the University of Oregon. It is the maker of the reliable and confidential, web-based applications School-Wide Information System (SWIS) Suite, PBIS Assessment, and PBIS Evaluation. The SWIS Suite is designed to collect, summarize, and use student behavior data for decision making. The three SWIS applications, SWIS, CICO-SWIS, and ISIS-SWIS, align with a PBIS framework and provide the needed data for both universal screening as well as progress monitoring.

​​PBIS Assessment is designed to assist in high-fidelity, sustained implementation of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS). PBIS Assessment provides surveys for teams to take as they examine their level of SWPBIS adoption and guides them through the process for how to improve implementation to benefit students, their families, and the overall school culture.

PBIS Evaluation combines data from the SWIS Suite and PBIS Assessment across all schools within a state, region, or district. The data provided in PBIS Evaluation address the three most frequently assessed evaluation questions a state, region, or large district faces:

Which schools are actively engaged in SWPBIS implementation?

Are schools implementing SWPBIS with fidelity?

Is the implementation having an effect on student behavior?

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.

So You Have to Complete and FBA and Develop and BIP: Introduction to Tier III Individualized Support Planning – Bishop Barnwell Room
Teri Lewis, Ph.D. – Oregon Director
Northwest PBIS Network, Inc.

The final tier of our multi-tiered model focuses on providing support to the 1-5% of students who display the most challenging and chronic problem behaviors and requires more intensive and comprehensive support than provided at either Tier II or I. This session will provide an overview of Individual Students Systems features and go step by step through the process for completing a full functional-behavior assessment (FBA) and developing a behavior intervention plan (BIP).