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Thursday, April 25, 2019


TimeSession/Event
8:00-9:00 amRegistrant Check-in
9:00-10:30 amWelcome/General Session
10:30-10:45 amBreak
10:45-12:00 pmSession 1
12:00-1:00 pmLunch
1:00-2:15 pmSession 2
2:15-2:30 pmBreak
2:30-3:45 pmSession 3

Friday, April 26, 2019


TimeSession/Event
8:00-9:00 amRegistrant Check-in
9:00-10:15 amWelcome/Keynote
10:15-10:30 amBreak
10:30-11:45 amSession 4
11:45-12:45 pmLunch
12:45-2:00 pmSession 5
2:00-2:15 pmBreak
2:15-3:30 pmSession 6

Day 1 Sessions

Session 1


Learning Disabilities: Assessment and Intervention Practices for the Classroom

Margaret McGlinchey
MIBLSI

This session will focus on effective assessment and instructional practices for students who are identified with Specific Learning Disabilities in the area of Reading. Research findings and interventions for decoding and comprehension within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports will be shared.

This session is also offered on Day 2.

Keywords: Elementary Literacy (K-5), Intervention, Special Education


Moving Away from Exclusion: Supporting Students and Teachers with Instructional Alternatives to Suspension

Rhonda Nese, Ph.D.
University of Oregon

Research has shown that out-of-school suspensions are ineffective for changing student behaviors because they do not typically include academic or behavioral instruction for students. In this session, the presenter will share an alternative to out-of-school suspension that has promise for improving student behavior and student-teacher relationships and reducing the likelihood of subsequent removals from instruction.

Keywords: Behavior, Equity, Social Skills


Where Are We Going With Michigan’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)?

Elizabeth Popard Newell, Arminda Westra
Michigan Department of Education

Caryn Sabourin Ward
National Implementation Research Network

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) continues to strive forward to become a Top 10 education state in 10 years. To do so, Goal 2 of the MDE’s Top 10 in 10 plan is to implement, with strong district and building leadership, high-quality instruction in every classroom through a highly coherent, child-centered instructional model where students meet their self-determined academic and personal goals to their highest potential. A key strategy identified to accomplish this goal is to establish and implement with fidelity a high-quality Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). This session will provide participants with an overview of how the MDE is using the Transformation Zone to develop supports for MTSS. In addition, we will discuss the Departments plan for scaling-up MTSS across the state.

Keywords: Integration & Alignment, Systems, State-wide Scale-Up of MTSS


PBIS on the Bus - Addressing the Whole Child

Cari Bushinski, Brian Rochowiak, Nicole Tokar
Northwest Community Schools

This session will highlight one district's journey in implementing PBIS on the school bus with an out of district transportation company. It will provide details of the timeline used for implementation and systematic ways that collaboration occurred between transportation and the school district. Lessons learned from the installation and implementation process will be shared along with data on how district-wide bus expectations decreased bus suspensions.

Keywords: Behavior, Systems, Tier 1


Making the Commitment to Adolescent Literacy: Ensuring All Secondary Students Read and Comprehend Well

Soraya Coccimiglio, John Vail
MIBLSI

Creating the time and space for intervention systems at the secondary level can be overwhelming, let alone establishing systems that are effective and sustainable. The Promoting Adolescent Reading Success (PARS) schools have been engaged in a multi-year development and implementation process. This presentation will share the learning, the successes, and the ongoing challenges for this important work.

Keywords: Intervention, Secondary Literacy (6-12), Tier 2/3

Session 2


Overview of Multi-Tiered System of Supports

Nicole Coleman, Steve Goodman
MIBLSI

This session is intended for those who are new to learning about the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework. Topics will include the core features of MTSS, ensuring fidelity of implementation and addressing challenges. Given the available time, specific classroom practices will not be included in the overview.

Keywords: MTSS, Systems


Understanding the Role of Phonemic Proficiency in Boosting Reading Skills in Struggling Readers

David Kilpatrick, Ph.D.
State University of New York College at Cortland

This session will address the phonemic skills needed to remember and instantly recognize written words. Most assume that phoneme skills are limited to K-1 and primarily related to the development of phonic decoding skills and spelling. Yet decades of research on orthographic learning clearly shows that phoneme-level skills are foundational for remembering the words we read and thus building the sight vocabulary and promoting fluency. This session will also address some misinterpretations about the findings of the National Reading Panel related to phonemic awareness.

Keywords: Elementary Literacy (K-5), Intervention, Tier 2/3


Join an Intervention

Tony Knop, Melinda Shults
Hastings Middle School

Patricia Parcells, Kate Smith
Portage North Middle School

Diane Dykstra, Autumn Wenzel
Three Rivers Middle School

The Promoting Adolescent Reading Success (PARS) grant initiative involves a sequence of up to six intervention programs for students who struggle with deciphering and/or comprehending informational text. In this session, our PARS interventionists have developed an interactive experience, inviting you to be the student. Time will also be available to review materials and ask questions of the interventionists. Bring a partner so that you can collectively experience the entire spectrum of interventions to close the gap between struggling readers and the secondary expectations. Come join us.

Keywords: Secondary Literacy (6-12), Systems, Tier2/3


Embedding Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Cheyne LeVesseur, Melissa Nantais
MIBLSI

This session will address how to embed Social Emotional Learning (SEL) within universal / school-wide PBIS practices. Participants will be introduced to the concept of SEL, including the competencies defined by CASEL, and identify specific ways SEL and PBIS work together. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to embed SEL into their own PBIS framework, such as the Behavior Matrix, Acknowledgement System, and Lesson Plans.

Keywords: Behavior, Classroom, Social Skills

Session 3


How Do We Solve Complex Problems During MTSS Implementation?

Kim St. Martin
MIBLSI

Caryn Sabourin Ward
National Implementation Research Network

This session will provide participants with strategies for solving complex problems often encountered in MTSS implementation. Specifically, leadership strategies for adaptive and technical problems will be discussed and applied through common scenarios encountered in districts and schools.

Keywords: Leadership, Systems


Improving Reading Skills in Struggling Readers – From Phonics to Fluency

David Kilpatrick, Ph.D.
State University of New York College at Cortland

This session will build upon David Kilpatrick’s first session. The focus of the session will be on instructional considerations for teaching phonological skills in conjunction with explicit phonics and word recognition skills. The presentation will address the issue of two common types of “treatment resistors,” 1) those who develop phonics skills but not fluency and 2) those who struggle to learn phonics in the first place. The goal is to build the necessary phonic decoding and sight vocabulary required for students to become competent and fluent readers.

Keywords: Intervention, Special Education, Tier 2/3


Using Culturally Responsive Practices to Center Equity in PBIS

Beth Hill, Ruthie Payno-Simmons
MIBLSI

This session will focus on centering equity by providing participants with applicable strategies involving the use of tiered fidelity data to implement culturally responsive & sustaining strategies supportive of diverse students in schools and classrooms.

Keywords: Classroom, Equity, Systems


Expanding and Innovating PBIS through Regional Collaboration

Tiago Baltazar, Amy Hume-Sizer
Berrien Regional Education Service Agency

Carrie Rabbitt, Josh Townsley
Lewis Cass Intermediate School District

Sara McIntyre-Lindstrom
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

This session will outline how the PBIS Coordinators from Berrien, Lewis Cass, and Ottawa ISD's have collaborated to strengthen the implementation of PBIS in their regions. Participants will learn about the projects developed across county lines to share resources, capacity, and foster innovation. Tools to help participants develop their own local partnerships will be provided. PBIS Coordinators, MTSS Coordinators, and ISD Executive leaders would all benefit from attending this session!

Keywords: Behavior, Integration & Alignment, Systems


Organizing Early Warning Indicators for Decision-Making in Secondary Schools

Tom Johnson
Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency

Mary Hook
Manistique Area Schools

Anna Harms
MIBLSI

Research on schools use of an Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring Systems (EWIMS) has found that while using an early warning system can benefit students, the process of organizing data can be a significant barrier to teams. This session will share work done in Manistique to use the Michigan Data Hub’s Early Warning System Dashboard and MIBLSI’s Early Warning System resources for PowerSchool with the MIBLSI Database. Similarities and key differences will be shared, emphasizing the impact on educators’ ability to use the data/reports for planning continuous improvements.

Keywords: Data & Continuous Improvement, Systems

Day 2 Sessions

Keynote


Promoting Positive Learning Environments Through Improved School Climate

Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D.
University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University

During this keynote presentation, Dr. Bradshaw will focus on the importance of school climate in relation to school-based prevention of behavioral and mental health problems. This session is intended to increase awareness of the research documenting the importance of school climate; identify effective prevention programs to implement in schools; and increase knowledge about strategies to optimize implementation fidelity.

Session 4


Enhancing Your Core Reading Program Instruction (Grades K-2)

Jess Surles
University of Oregon

The purpose of this session is to describe how to use instructional routines to enhance the delivery of your core reading instruction in a multi-tiered system of Tier 1 and Tier 2 support. Systematic strategies and teaching routines designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of reading instruction in kindergarten, first, and second grade will be described and will be directly relevant to practitioners implementing multi-tiered systems and response to intervention models. By the end of this session, participants will understand how (a) using teaching routines can enhance current core reading instruction, and (b) how aligning Tier 1 and Tier 2 reading instruction can lead to higher student reading outcomes.

Keywords: Elementary Literacy (K-2), Intervention, Tier 1


Promoting Cultural Responsiveness and Equitable Practices in Schools: Lessons from the Double Check Project

Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D.
University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University

This session will provide an overview of the Double Check framework, which is a model focused on improving culturally-responsive practices, behavior management, and student engagement, with the ultimate goal of reducing disproportionality. This model builds on the three-tiered framework by providing additional support to school-wide teams, professional development to school staff, and coaching supports to teachers. The presenter will also summarize findings from a series of federally-funded research studies testing the model and demonstrating its promise for reducing disproportionality in discipline.

Keywords: Classroom, Equity, School-wide


Social Academic Instructional Groups: A Tier 2 Intervention

Ami Flammini
Midwest PBIS Network

Allow the critical features of Tier Two and Tier One behavior lesson plans to drive the creation and improvement of social and academic instructional groups. This session will also include a way to progress monitor social academic instructional groups to determine if youth are applying learned skills in the educational setting.

This session is also offered during Session 6.

Keywords: Intervention, Social Skills, Tier 2/3


What Parents and Families Need to Know About MTSS to Be Effective Partners

Stacie Rulison
Michigan Department of Education

Steve Goodman
MIBLSI

The effectiveness of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) increases when families partner with schools to support student success. This session will provide ways that school teams can better engage parents and families with the MTSS framework. Information will be shared regarding specific topics for improving communication.

Keywords: Parents & Families, Communication


CARS in Action

Shari Barker
Hastings Middle School

Erik Mason
Manistique Middle and High School

Content Area Reading Strategies in Action will highlight the key role these strategies play in secondary MTSS implementation. Three high impact strategies will be featured by two classroom teachers. Participants will see each strategy in action as well as learn how to successfully scale up implementation across all grade levels at the secondary level.

Keywords: Classroom, Secondary Literacy (6-12), Tier 1

Session 5


ECRI Implementation: From District Systems to Classroom Practices

Molly Clark, Katie Durham, Elizabeth Findlay, William Heath, Simone Margraf, Marcy Noot, Jocelyn Rockey
Portland Public Schools, Oakwood Elementary

This session will describe the district and building MTSS structures that are supporting the initial implementation of Enhanced Core Reading Instruction (ECRI) with first and second grade classrooms at Oakwood Elementary. Readiness activities undertaken will be shared. Participants will also get a peek inside classrooms to see ECRI in action and hear the challenges and benefits during year one of implementation.

Attendance at the session, Enhancing Your Core Reading Program Instruction (K-2), is recommended for understanding of the ECRI teaching routines.

Keywords: Elementary Literacy (K-2), Intervention, Systems


Trauma Informed Classroom Management Practices

Ami Flammini
Midwest PBIS Network

School-wide PBIS, classroom management practices and what's best for youth who have experienced trauma are all inextricably linked. This session is for those new to integrating trauma into their current systems or for those who want to connect the dots between trauma and classroom management.

Keywords: Behavior, Classroom, Integration and Alignment


Learning Disabilities: Assessment and Intervention Practices for the Classroom

Margaret McGlinchey
MIBLSI

This session will focus on effective assessment and instructional practices for students who are identified with Specific Learning Disabilities in the area of Reading. Research findings and interventions for decoding and comprehension within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports will be shared.

This session is a repeat of the Day 1 session.

Keywords: Elementary Literacy (K-5), Intervention, Special Education


Developing District Systems to Support Effective Communication

Elizabeth Brandonisio
Hamilton Community Schools

Matt Goebel, Dora Leonard
Hastings Area School System

In this session, participants will hear from two districts that have worked to set up strong systems for communication. District leaders from Hamilton Community Schools and Hastings Area School System will share their learning and provide example products to illustrate how their districts have ensured communication is effective with all district stakeholders.

Keywords: Systems, District Communication


SWIS Drill Down: A High-Impact Feature for Improving Outcomes for Students

Catherine Claes, Anna Harms, Melissa Nantais
MIBLSI

In this highly interactive session, participants will explore the drill down feature in SWIS and identify the value added to addressing behavior in schools. Participants will practice using data from drill down to develop precise problem statements and explore how these data can be used across multiple levels within a school. Participants will want to bring a laptop to this session in order to fully participate in the activities

Keywords: Behavior, Equity, Systems

Session 6


NCIL: An Introduction to the National Center on Improving Literacy

Jess Surles
University of Oregon

This session will provide an overview of the National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL), a federally funded comprehensive center jointly administered by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) at the U.S. Department of Education. NCIL is a partnership among literacy experts, university researchers, and technical assistance providers. The Center aims to increase access to, and use of, evidence-based approaches to screen, identify, and teach students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia. By the end of this session, participants will (a) understand the purpose of the National Center for Improving Literacy, and (b) know how to access rich resources that support effective literacy instruction which can be used by parents and families, teachers, schools, districts, and state agencies.

Keywords: Elementary & Secondary Literacy, Effective Instruction, Intervention


Navigating Policy and System Change

Matt Stevenson
East Jordan Public Schools

Doreen Kramer
Houghton-Portage Township Schools

Mark Haag
Lenawee Intermediate School District

Debra Barr
Port Huron Public Schools

This panel discussion will explore the critical work of district and ISD administrators related to policy change for successful and sustained implementation of MTSS. Policy alignment, visibility and political support, and district planning will be discussed. Session attendees will leave with an action plan with next steps they can take to begin to influence change in their district. This session is intended for district and ISD administrators, Board members, school improvement team members, and anyone interested in learning more about influencing policy change in their district.

Keywords: Systems, Leadership, Policy


Social Academic Instructional Groups: A Tier 2 Intervention

Ami Flammini
Midwest PBIS Network

Allow the critical features of Tier Two and Tier One behavior lesson plans to drive the creation and improvement of social and academic instructional groups. This session will also include a way to progress monitor social academic instructional groups to determine if youth are applying learned skills in the educational setting.

This session is a repeat from Session 4.

Keywords: Intervention, Social Skills, Tier 2/3


Moving Towards an Interconnected Systems Framework

Amber Fox, Alissa Hofstee, Kirsten Rice
Kent Intermediate School District

Kent Intermediate School District is working to build an Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) across Kent County to support all students. This session will provide an overview of the county's journey towards installing and implementing ISF along with identifying lessons learned along the way and the next steps.

Keywords: Behavior, Integration & Alignment, Systems


Supporting Students With Disabilities in the Classroom

Steve Goodman, Sheila Williams-White
MIBLSI

Learn how to enhance and modify the supports for students with disabilities within the general education classroom setting within the PBIS framework. This session will discuss intensifying supports and aligning with student need based on the student's IEP.

Keywords: Classroom, Special Education, Tier 1

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