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Rhode Island Statewide PBIS Symposium

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MAY 3, 2012
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Rhode Island College

Join us for Rhode Island's first Statewide PBIS symposium. This day is designed to provide continuing professional development for school personnel in schools that are already implementing School Wide PBIS (SWPBIS), and to provide an opportunity for other professionals to learn about SWPBIS, and to learn strategies for integrating SWPBIS and Response to Intervention.

Featured Keynote:
Robert H. Horner, Ph.D.
9 AM - Noon


Keynote Presentation
Response to Intervention: A Framework for Integrating Multi-tiered Behavioral and Academic Supports About the PresenterRob Horner 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).

Concurrent WorkshopsRegistrants are asked to indicate their workshop preference in the registration form. This is only for the purpose of planning appropriately for space. Participants will choose workshop/s the day of the conference.

1:00 - 2:00 PM
Overview of RI School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Presenter:
Lavonne Nkomo, MM
PBIS Coordinator
Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Explore how the impact of a school-wide infrastructure can maximize pro-social outcomes and academic success for children and families. SW-PBIS is a framework that supports a common language and common vision that ensures all students have access to instructional and behavioral best practices. SW-PBIS helps strengthen relationships with teachers, students and families and supports increased communication among families-schools and teachers-administrators. There are four elements that PBIS emphasizes Data, Practices, Systems, and Outcomes. Students experience supports based on their behavioral responsiveness. A three-tiered prevention logic model requires that all students receive supports at the universal (school-wide) level. If the behavior of some students is not responsive, more intensive behavioral supports are provided. An overview of critical features will be shared, success stories and the Rhode Island movement and how you can get involved.

Escalation Cycle and Crisis Management in Schools
Presenter:
Jonathan Dyson, M.Ed.
Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

This session will review the seven stages of the escalation cycle, what students look like at each stage and intervention strategies for each stage. The session will also describe school wide crisis management procedures.

1:00 - 3:00 PM
Early Childhood PBIS Implementation and Practices
Presenter:
Lynn DeMerchant, MS
Early Childhood Coordinator, PBIS Training and Technical Assistance Facilitator
Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

This session will address the following: developmentally appropriate practices within a continuum of positive behavioral interventions and supports; building positive relationships and creating supportive environments, teaching essential social emotional skills; and individual functional behavioral assessment and positive behavior support planning. Participants will be introduced to evidenced based practices and will leave with the materials needed to implement at least one the very next day.

Functional Perspective and Intermediate FBA: Just the FACTS
Presenter:
Deb Arenberg, M.Ed.
Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

This session will include information on the functional perspective on behavior and the importance of identifying function when constructing a comprehensive behavioral intervention plan. A structured tool, The Functional Assessment Checklist for Teachers and Staff, will be used to illustrate the process of identifying the function of challenging behavior. Attendees are encouraged to identify a student they would like to assess as the completion of the FACTS will be included in the session.

District-wide Implementation in RI for Administrators: Rationale, Responsibilities, and Outcomes
Presenter:
Tony Antosh, Ed.D.
Director
Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

This session is exclusively for district and school administrators and will focus on strategies that are effective in implementing SWPBIS at the school and district levels. Session will discuss issues and obstacles that hinder implementation and possible solutions. Participants will be encouraged to discuss implementation of PBIS in their schools.

Building an Integrated RtI Model for Rhode Island Schools: A Panel Discussion
This panel brings together educational consultants and university faculty who provide training and technical assistance in schools throughout Rhode Island to support a Response-to-Intervention (RtI) service delivery model. Panelists will discuss methods to guide professional development, the benefits of integrating RtI and PBIS initiatives and highlight lessons learned in the field.

Presenters:
Laura Boynton Hauerwas, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Education
Providence College

Nicole Bucka, M.Ed
Educational Consultant-RTI Technical Assistance
Northern Rhode Island Collaborative

Shannon Dowd-Eagle, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, School Psychology
Rhode Island College

John Eagle, Ph.D
Associate Professor, School Psychology
Rhode Island College

Cara McDermott-Fasy, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Rhode Island College

Gary Stoner, Ph.D
Professor, School Psychology
University of Rhode Island

Michele Walden-Doppke, MA, CAGS
Systems of Support Educational Consultant
Northern Rhode Island Collaborative

2:00 - 3:00 PM
Data Based Decision Making with SWIS - School Wide Information System
Presenter:
Lavonne Nkomo, MM
PBIS Coordinator
Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

An overview of SWIS and the importance of data-based decision making to support interventions based on function to reduce problem behaviors and increase academic success. It is important to understand that data is not an intervention but information to help shape the appropriate strategy; utilizing the data both systematically and individually as a means of monitoring student progress and identifying students who are at risk early to avoid future difficulties. Schools are incorporating data-based decision making procedures into reform practices in order to provide preventative and ongoing support for students exhibiting academic and behavioral difficulties. SWIS provides easy-to-use graphs and reports to lead team meetings and more individualized interventions like check-in/check-out and tertiary supports.

A Tertiary Level Support: Connecting to Community Mental Health
Presenter:
Virginia Stack
PEP Project Coordinator
RI Department of Children, Youth & Families

This workshop will describe the wraparound process for children with the most complex needs involving school, home and community. The Home/School/Community Tool will be introduced as an assessment and measurement for tracking outcomes in those domains. There will be examples of lessons learned from communities using the tool and partnering with community providers. The process for referring to community providers for wraparound within the State will also be discussed.

REGISTRATION

Space is limited. Pre-registration and payment is required.

Priority registration will be given to RI PBIS Schools that register and pay by April 20th. The deadline to register is April 27th.

Pre-register for the conference using the link provided below. You will need to follow up with payment to finalize your registration. Acceptable forms of payment include a personal check, business check, money order, purchase order, and cash (in person at the Sherlock Center only).

If you need an accommodation or information in an alternate format to fully participate, please indicate your request on the registration form by April 20th.

List of RI PBIS Schools

FEES (include all materials and lunch): RI Statewide PBIS Symposium Registration Form

 
Conference Schedule
8:30 AM
Registration & Refreshments
9:00 AM - Noon
Keynote Presentation
Response to Intervention: A Framework for Integrating Multi-tiered
Behavioral and Academic Supports
Noon - 1:00 PM
LUNCH
 
Concurrent Workshops
*Schedule subject to change based on overall registration
1:00 - 2:00 PM Overview of RI School-wide PBIS Escalation Cycle and Crisis Management in Schools Early Childhood PBIS Implementation and Practices Functional Perspective and Intermediate FBA: Just the FACTS District-wide Implementation in RI for Administrators: Rationale, Responsibilites and Outcomes Building an Integrated RTI Model for RI Schools: A Panel Discussion
2:00 - 3:00 PM Data Based Decision Making with SWIS - School Wide Information System A Tertiary level Support: Connecting to Community Mental Health

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