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Continental Breakfast
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8:00-8:30am PBISaz Breakfast Club
Room: Mariposa
An informal gathering for those implementing PBIS who want to connect with like-minded individuals, share ideas, and make connections to continue the dialogue.

Opening Remarks from Conference Hosts

Dr. Jeffrey Sprague
University of Oregon
“Integrated models of prevention and treatment: Positive Behavior Supports and Restorative Practices”

Partnership Lounge: Visit our exhibitors!

Breakout Session #1

Blending School-wide Positive Behavior Support with Restorative Practice in the Classroom **

Dr. Jeffrey Sprague, University of Oregon

Location: Cottonwood Ballroom

Despite the large-scale adoption of SWPBIS and its successes in reducing overall office discipline referrals (ODR), evidence linking SWPBIS to reductions in disciplinary inequities across students from different racial groups remains elusive. A growing number of practitioners are looking towards supplementing SWPBIS with approaches that have been associated with disciplinary equity. Restorative practice (RP), tentatively associated with reduced racial disproportionality in discipline outcomes, emphasizes establishing and maintaining positive teacher-student and peer relationships. This session will illustrate classroom practices to promote positive relationships between teachers and students as well as student ownership of classroom discipline procedures instead of mere compliance with rules. (Equity, restorative practices, PBIS)

Improbable to Unstoppable

Faridodin Lajvardi, Falcon Robotics, Carl Hayden High School

Location: Larkspur

For more than two decades, high school science teacher, Fredi Lajvardi has engaged, motivated and challenged students by making science fun and introducing them to the field of robotics. With countless hours spent after school, mentoring and investing in the underserved students at Carl Hayden Community High School, Lajvardi drew national attention in 2004, when he entered his diverse high school team in a university level national underwater robotics competition, where they not only proved their skills and ability to compete at that level, but they placed first, defeating leading universities, including MIT. In this session, Fredi will share his experiences as a young teacher going into a disadvantaged school and how he had to learn how to connect to the students and get them to do things they did not think they could do, including the story of how four boys from the barrios of South Phoenix broke through the barrier and showed the others behind them that they too can do great things! (Educational technology, diversity, robotics, STEM)

The Millennial Generation: Trends, Theories, and Treatment

Paul Beljan, Dr. Kathleen D. Bree, Vanessa Berens, Beljan Psychological Services

Location: Brittlebush

Teenage and young adult males are expressing low motivation and obsession with computer gaming, while adolescent and young adult females outperforming males in academics, but are anxious, self-destructive, and obsessed with social media. These are the behaviors and emotions of the Millennial Generation. There are neurobiological and psychological theories as to why these issues are so pervasive. This lecture provides information and statistics about the Millennium Generation, and contemporary theories for its existence. Attendees are taught practical intervention techniques for working with this population. (Culturally responsive practices)

How to Engage Families and Schools

Dr. Joni Samples, Family Friendly Schools

Location: Chia

In school we talk regularly about increasing test scores. Research shows that when parents are engaged students do better in school, test scores are higher, attendance is better, and violence is reduced. So how do you engage? Ask Dr. Joni or attend her workshop. She’s been working successfully with schools across the country and is willing to share! (Family engagement, school climate and culture)

Slut: A New Play about a Destructive Word

Debbie Lindley, South Mountain High School

Location: Octotillo

During this session you will see scenes from “Slut: A New Play about a Destructive Word”. The performance will then be followed by a “talkback” with the student actors, director, and social worker who all worked on the production. The session will cover using theater in the educational setting as a discussion starter, an instrument for school-culture change, and a prevention tool. Please note this session will discuss difficult topics such as slut shaming and rape culture which may trigger memories and/or emotions for some people.  (Equity, school climate and culture).

Advanced PBIS Insights for School Leaders and Policy Makers

Dr. Daniel Gulchak and Michael Remus, PBISaz

Location: Golden Poppy

Let’s move beyond What Is PBIS and share the When, Where and How to scale up measurable results. Let’s focus on facts, data, and the high cost of bad behavior. Let’s showcase verifiable outcomes and answer your questions about funding, policy and political support.

K12 Implementers’ Perspectives on Preparing for a Successful Tier 1 Rollout

Kandice Kelley, Horizon High School and Nathan Dettmar, Pueblo del Sol Elementary School

Location: Desert Star

Find out exactly what goes into a successful rollout of PBIS Tier 1 systems at the elementary and secondary level. Practitioners who have been there will share the basics and finer points of teaming, earning buy in, developing artifacts, teaching PBIS systems to the community, and acknowledging appropriate student behavior. Join these educators to learn about the challenges they overcame and lessons learned along the way.

Lunch and PBISaz Film Festival

Breakout Session #2

Will it Blend?

Nancy Foote, Higley Unified School District

Location: Chia

Is blended learning passé? Is the flipped classroom a fad? Is technology a toy? Are you tired of learning all these new tricks and tools only to have them disappear – after being told they were essential? Me too! Join me to learn how I evaluate new technology and tools. Don’t marry a new technology – date it for a while and see how it works out! (Educational technology, blended learning)

Supporting Students At-Risk: Check-In, Check-Out (CICO), Families And Diversity **

Leanne Hawken, University of Utah, and Kimberli Breen, Affecting Behavior Change

Location: Golden Poppy

District, school and community leaders need effective interventions to meet the needs of students at-risk at school and in the community. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) provides the efficiency needed for interventions to reach all students. Learn how CICO and other Tier 2 interventions can be systematized for ease of delivery to all students at-risk and their families.  (Intermediate/advanced PBIS, equity, diversity, family engagement)

The Art of Digital Teaching:

Shawn Jensen, Odysseyware

Location: Desert Star

Session repeated at 2:15

Based on and built around iNACOL’s National Standards for Quality Online Teaching, this hands-on session will introduce key concepts, skills, and strategies for incorporating digital elements in teaching. Learn how to model digital citizenship, how to identify appropriate web-based content, and how to use it to engage with learners, all of which will make you a more effective digital teacher. (Educational technology)

What’s Love Got To Do With It – The Heart of PBIS

Ruth Reynoso, KOI Education

Location: Brittlebush

The research behind why PBIS works in all grade levels and all schools is clear. But the real question for implementers is “Why should I take time out of my curriculum to teach and reinforce behaviors? Shouldn’t kids already know how to behave?” This session addresses the “heart” behind PBIS Expectations, Reinforcements, and Accountability. (Intermediate PBIS, climate and culture, social emotional learning)

STEM is for Everyone: What’s Missing for Girls and Other Underrepresented Groups?

DeeDee Falls, EdD, Bioscience High School and Gina Vullo, Phoenix Coding Academy

Location: Mariposa

Innovative problem-solving requires diverse and creative thinking. Yet, there remain groups of thinkers who are underrepresented in STEM fields. Session participants will explore challenges faced by underrepresented groups in pursuit of STEM education, and will use their understanding to develop a model of recruitment and retention for girls and other underrepresented groups in STEM education and beyond. (Equity, STEAM)

Culturally Responsive PBIS for Equitable Schools

Dr. Yadira Flores, Ph.D., Scottsdale Unified School District

Location: Ocotillo

As classrooms continue to become more diverse and teachers and schools accountability continues to rise, the importance of understanding the cultural nature of education and the need to consider culturally responsive practices become paramount. The Achievement Gap in education is a frequent topic of discussion, but the major role the Discipline gap plays is often overlooked. Participants will learn the construct of culture as it relates to school systems, how the disproportionality issue impacts student achievement , discover culturally responsive practices and explore equitable approaches to discipline at schools.

Caught on Camera: Using PBIS Video Effectively

Megan Mayer, Scottsdale Unified School District

Location: Larkspur

Film and Video…in today’s world most children know more than adults.  During this breakout session you will learn why video is an effective method with PBIS, discuss how film/video can be used in different ways, the do’s and don’t’s in film making,  learn about user-friendly apps and software available, and understand the criteria for judging film/video utilized by film festivals throughout the year.

Partnership Lounge: Visit our exhibitors!

Breakout Session #3

Empowering Schools to be No Place for Hate

Melia Dunn, Anti-Defamation League

Location: Desert Star

ADL’s No Place for Hate Initiative provides schools and communities with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate. Through an interactive session, participants will hear from staff and students that have embraced No Place for Hate and identify best practices and assessment for their own school’s readiness to join the Initiative. (School climate and culture, equity, diversity)

What I Wouldn’t do for STEAM

Nancy Foote, Higley Unified School District

Location: Chia

The sky’s the limit (literally) for what I’ll do to engage my students. Fly on the Vomit Comet? Take pitches from Nolan Ryan? Run half marathons? No problem! Learn how I inject enthusiasm, engagement and mastery into my classes through the use of authentic data. My students are never bored. You won’t be either! (Educational technology, STEAM)

The Powerful Impact of Families & Diversity in School-Based Decision-Making

Kimberli Breen, Affecting Behavior Change

Location: Golden Poppy

School improvement efforts are strengthened by diverse family engagement in decision-making. Examples will be shared including parents involved in Positive Behavior Supports at home and at school, district Hispanic Parent Leadership, and special education policy-making. Session will focus on systems, data and practices for engaging, maintaining and benefiting from diverse family partnerships.  (Family engagement, equity, diversity, PBIS)

A Collaborative Approach to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Dr. Gail Jacobs and Sue Aguilera, Innovative Solutions for Alternative Schools

Location: Larkspur

This session will demonstrate how schools who use innovative programming, Positive Behavior Supports (PBIS) Restorative Practices (RP), and differentiated instruction can reach students. We will look at the research that shows how schools can change their culture to embrace students and help them become participants in their education. A growing number of schools are now looking toward the use of PBIS linked with RP, which has been associated with disciplinary equality to reduce racial disproportionality, and emphasizes establishing and maintaining positive teacher-student and peer relationships. This presentation will explain how with the understanding of trauma based theory, PBIS and RP educators can integrate these into their classrooms to keep students out of the school-to-prison pipeline. (Equity, PBIS, Restorative Practices)

The Art of Digital Teaching:

Shawn Jensen, Odysseyware

Location: Ocotillo

Session repeated from 12:45

Based on and built around iNACOL’s National Standards for Quality Online Teaching, this hands-on session will introduce key concepts, skills, and strategies for incorporating digital elements in teaching. Learn how to model digital citizenship, how to identify appropriate web-based content, and how to use it to engage with learners, all of which will make you a more effective digital teacher. (Educational technology)

Using SWPBIS to Help Schools Become more Trauma-Sensitive

Debi Neat, KOI Education

Location: Brittlebush

In this session, we will review the concept of Trauma-Sensitive Schools and how schools can build on PBIS efforts by providing universal strategies (Tier 1), selected strategies (Tier 2) and targeted strategies (Tier 3) that can increase student’s strengths and address the needs of students affected by trauma. (Intermediate/advanced PBIS, cultural responsiveness, trauma-informed practices)

PBIS Helps Schools Meet Arizona’s Restraint and Seclusion Law

Daniel Davidson, PhD, Intermountain Centers for Human Development

Location: Mariposa

In 2014 AZ passed a law that prohibits the use of restraint and seclusion (R&S) on all pupils in all Arizona schools, except in the case of imminent danger of bodily harm. The law also requires separation between behavior and crisis plans, lesser restrictive interventions, same day notice to parents, detailed incident reporting, data-driven decision making and more. Learn how PBIS can help schools fulfill these requirements AND reduce the incidents of restraint and seclusion.

Closing Remarks

Grand Raffle Drawing

Sessions with (**) are eligible for BCBA credit.