BET-C Registration
Continental Breakfast
Partnership Lounge Open

8:00-8:30am PBISaz Breakfast Club

Location: Sonoran Ballroom

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

Location: Black Canyon Ballroom

Keynote

Culture and Relationship Matters in Teaching and Learning

Location: Black Canyon Ballroom

With the unprecedented shifts in classrooms and schools across the country, we are at a critical junction in examining the role of culture and relationship with our diverse students. Understanding of culture and how it relates to personal values, beliefs, bias, societal histories, social perceptions all play a role in framing the relational dyad between educators and students. The intersectionality of each element coupled with relationship with our students is present in everyday classrooms. Therefore, recognizing these intersectionalities within our students and ourselves is essential if we are to genuinely engage and interrupt the cultural dissonance in our classrooms and schools that often leads to behavioral infractions and dismal learning outcomes.

Dr. Adama Sallu, Crayon Box Consulting Group

Dr. Adama Sallu is a passionate educator and skilled administrator with a career in education spanning two decades. She has extensive experience providing equity and diversity leadership and is instrumental in executing equity and diversity work in schools. A certified principal, she is experienced in supervising teachers as well as monitoring and evaluating their performance. Over the years, she has demonstrated leadership by advising, mentoring and supporting educators. She has established a track record of designing, planning, and implementing high-quality educational programs, and is committed to ensuring educational opportunities and success for all students. Dr. Sallu was born in Sierra Leone and grew up in Western Massachusetts where she worked in the Springfield Massachusetts Public Schools and worked as an adjunct faculty at Our Lady Of the Elms College for a decade before relocating to Arizona. Her work focuses on areas of diversity, culturally relevant instruction and equity in schools.

Break
Partnership Lounge: Visit our exhibitors!

Breakout Session #1

Is Culturally Relevant Instruction the answer in closing the behavioral and learning gap in our classrooms?

Location: Black Canyon Ballroom

The challenges facing educators in increasing learning outcomes for all students in Arizona and throughout the United States is often explained through a deficit-based narrative of students and their parents. This failure narrative of students and their families especially those of color has been touted as the sole reason for these challenges. However, in the last two decades, educational sociologists like Dr. Gloria Ladson–Billings, Dr. Geneva Gay, and Dr. Sonia Nieto have challenged these deficit narratives, by proposing culturally relevant instruction as a pathway in effectively teaching students from historically marginalized groups.

Dr. Adama Sallu, Crayon Box Consulting Group

Dr. Adama Sallu is a passionate educator and skilled administrator with a career in education spanning two decades. She has extensive experience providing equity and diversity leadership and is instrumental in executing equity and diversity work in schools. A certified principal, she is experienced in supervising teachers as well as monitoring and evaluating their performance. Over the years, she has demonstrated leadership by advising, mentoring and supporting educators. She has established a track record of designing, planning, and implementing high-quality educational programs, and is committed to ensuring educational opportunities and success for all students. Dr. Sallu was born in Sierra Leone and grew up in Western Massachusetts where she worked in the Springfield Massachusetts Public Schools and worked as an adjunct faculty at Our Lady Of the Elms College for a decade before relocating to Arizona. Her work focuses on areas of diversity, culturally relevant instruction and equity in schools.

How to Engage Families and Schools

Location: Boulder

In school we talk about increasing test scores. Research shows: when parents are engaged students do better in school, test scores are higher, attendance is better, violence is reduced. Parent engagement makes a difference. 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! Participants will learn to create a plan for implementing family engagement.

Dr. Joni Samples, Family Friendly Schools

I’m currently the owner, presenter, and writer of curriculum materials for Family Friendly Schools. However, it was both my school and parenting experiences that got me here. Prior to FFS I was a County Superintendent of Schools, My background in administering and teaching special education as well as having four children were the foundations for getting everything organized and operational.

Mapping for Student and Family Voice

Location: Flagstone

This session will describe the MAP and why it is a meaningful tool for student and family voice. MAPPING and PBIS will be discussed and participants will learn how they are connected in a multi-tiered system of support. Participants will see how MAPPING can be a universal support, a Tier 2 support, and a Tier 3 support that drives student-facilitated IEPs. Participants will be able to actively participate in a MAP by doing a MAPPING activity. Through this hands-on approach families, educators, and community agencies will work together to shift their focus to student driven strengths, needs, and develop a plan to meet the needs of the child.

Dr. Nicolette Paplaczyk, The Menta Group

Dr. Nicolette Paplaczyk is the Executive Director of Research & Development for The Menta Group, where she supports the Menta students and staff in a variety of contexts. Much of her efforts over the past few years has been focused on infusing personalized learning and project-based learning throughout the Menta organization. Prior to joining The Menta Group, Dr. Paplaczyk spent the better part of her career at Oak Park & River Forest High School holding a variety of positions in both Special Education and Business Education. Dr. Paplaczyk has presented at several conferences and workshops over the years mostly on topics involving “at risk students”, chaired hundreds of IEP meetings, facilitated numerous staff development trainings, designed and implemented many programs to support students with disabilities and cultivated lasting relationships with business organizations, mental health organizations, youth and young adult organizations, parents and students. Dr. Paplaczyk obtained her B.A. from Rosary College in the area of Psychology & Special Education, her M.B.A. from Rosary College, her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Dominican University and her Doctor of Education from Loyola University. Dr. Paplaczyk focused her dissertation research on Special Education Dispute Resolution & Illinois Due Process Hearing Decisions.

Laura Wiggins, The Menta Group

Laura Wiggins is an administrator with the Menta Group, an organization that provides public/private day school placement for students with special needs throughout Arizona and Illinois. Laura has been in education for 18 years and has served as a classroom teacher, social worker, and administrator. She holds a master’s in Social Work from ASU and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois. Laura has been a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports trainer for the past 4 years and sits in the State of Arizona PBIS Advisory Council.  In addition, Laura has combined her passion for PBIS with Trauma Informed Practices.  She is certified as a trauma-informed professional and is an active member of the ACE Consortium’s work group.

PBIS Genius Bar – get answers here!

Location: Sonoran Ballroom

Bring your PBIS systems, data, practices and documents to the bar and get personalized feedback, coaching, technical assistance and support from a cadre of implementation experts. Bring a laptop to download resources on the spot for Tier 1, 2, 3 matrices, flowcharts, lesson plans, CICO, FBA/BIP, classroom management, and more!

Dr. Daniel Gulchak, KOI Education

Dr. Gulchak’s passion is sharing the good news about bad behavior to build the capacity of educators and empower students to succeed. He specializes in school-wide systems change including Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, classroom and behavior management strategies, and leveraging technology to improve student behavior and academic achievement. He is the co-author of four PBIS books, speaks internationally, is president of AZCEC and lead the PBISaz Advisory Council.  

Introduction to Mindfulness

Location: Coyote

Join Sheri to learn about mindfulness as an effective approach to promote healthy relationships and well-being. A discussion and engaging activities will be offered to illustrate the application of mindfulness in the workplace and personal life. Take away evidence-based strategies as tools to add to your toolbox. Discover how mindfulness can be used to navigate challenging situations. Learn for yourself, model for your kids!

MINDFULNESS – A 3 SESSION WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS + PROFESSIONALS

Sheri S. Dollin, M.Ed.

Sheri S. Dollin, M.Ed., is an educational consultant and mindfulness trainer with experience teaching, training, developing programs and creating innovative materials related to inclusion, disabilities, autism, and parenting. She is also co-author of the FRIEND Program. Sheri helps people find solutions that open them up to a new way of defining what success and the future will look like.

Not Just for Kids – Why Teacher Incentives, Interventions And Engagement Are Critical

Location: Arizona

This presentation will showcase the efforts of five large, urban high schools in the development of staff support structures and interventions using the fundamentals of PBIS framework. Strategies and tools will be discussed to increase teacher connectedness to campus, and to understand that teacher enthusiasm about campus culture and climate plays an integral role in the success and sustainability of PBIS practices.

Yesmina Luchsinger, Tolleson Union High School District

Yesmina Luchsinger is the Prevention and Intervention Specialist at Sierra Linda High School and La Joya Community High School. Her past experiences include youth substance abuse prevention, transition age and foster care youth, and working with adults living with serious mental illness. She is a CARE (Community Alliance for Resources and Education) Coalition Board Member and is a certified trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid. Yesmina has a B.A. and M.S. in Psychology, is a certified Yoga Nidra facilitator and is working toward her certification for Yoga Instruction and Yoga Therapy.

Beth Udisky, Tolleson Union High School District

Beth E. Udisky earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University with a double major in Psychology and Jewish Studies with a minor in History. She then went on to receive her master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University getting a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) and became licensed as an Independent Licensed Social Worker (LISW). Beth worked for Stillwater’s Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program which treated teenagers with dual diagnosis for two years before she became the director. The program included peer group, multi-family group, individual counseling and family counseling. In 2000 Beth was hired by Mayfield City School District as a School Social Worker and remained there until 2006. This is when she earned her School Counseling Certification from John Carroll University and was hired as a School Counselor at Mayfield High School until 2011. From 2011 to September 2015, Beth was the Social Worker and Student Assistance Program (SAP) Coordinator at Cactus Shadows High School. She provided a wide range of services including but not limited to: individual, group and family counseling. Beth is currently serving in Tolleson Union High School District as the District Prevention Coordinator.

The Future is nOW! Innovation and Digital Learning

Location: Joshua Tree

Innovation and digital learning have seemingly limitless horizons in today’s education – share your success and learn about new opportunities to bring these to your classroom. Participants will learn the latest in technology integration best practices, implementation strategies for long term success, and key methods to gain technology buy-in from teachers and students.

Kaycee Williams, M. Ed., Odysseyware

Kaycee has 14 years of experience as an educational consultant and curriculum specialist in America’s schools as a sales consultant and professional development facilitator.  She spent 11 years in elementary classrooms working with Title I, English Language Learners (ELL), and as a regular classroom teacher.

She has crafted and conducted presentations, curriculum implementations and professional development workshops in a variety of group situations including state, district and school levels. Kaycee has also participated in conferences in all subject areas at the international, national, state, and local level to implement curriculum and technology/eLearning solutions for K-12th grades.

Her passion is to serve America’s students by providing top-notch professional development opportunities to educators.

Catching Up, Not Just Skating By – Build a Rigorous Credit Recovery Program

Location: Library

Build a rigorous credit recovery program where graduation is just the beginning. Learn how the Payson Center for Success integrates technology and digital curriculum in a credit recovery program that has increased graduation rates and given students the chance for success in life.

Shawn Jensen, Odysseyware

For over 15 years and in multiple industries, Shawn has been a trainer, teacher, professional development coach, and instructional designer. His passion is creating experiences where anyone can engage and learn. He loves hiking, watching movies, infrequently playing guitar, and building Lego sets with his kids. He is also a published illustrator of several children’s books.

STEAM through Technical Theater, with an emphasis on reaching underrepresented groups

Location: Desert Sky

This is a discussion lead by veteran theater teacher, Christina Vail and STEAM students from underrepresented groups about the importance and the methods that are designed to increase populations of underrepresented girls in STEAM classes. There will also be a question and answer session at the end with the presenter and student co-presenters. Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge and experience on the topic as well.

Christina Vail, Chandler Unified Schools

Christina Vail, a classroom teacher for 21 years, has experience teaching in the charter and public school system at both the elementary and secondary level.  She holds advanced degrees in Theatre Production and Design as well as Curriculum and Instruction.  She currently runs an award winning theatre program in the Chandler School District.

Lunch and PBISaz Film Festival

Location: Black Canyon Ballroom

Breakout Session #2

Partnering with Families within a Multi-Tiered System of Support  **BCBA Credit

Location: Echo Canyon

In this session, the presenters will outline a strong rationale for improving family-educator collaboration in positive behavior support. They will suggest ways to improve partnerships within each of the three tiers of implementation. The presenters will offer a variety of examples and opportunities to discuss logistical and motivational issues that affect practice.

Meme Hieneman, Ph.D., BCBA, Positive Behavior Support Applications

Meme Hieneman is a consultant with Positive Behavior Support Applications and Co-Principal Investigator on a National Institute on Health-funded research study. Meme has over 30 years-experience applying PBS in home, school, and community settings, focusing on serious behavioral challenges. Meme has a Ph.D. in Special Education and is certified as a behavior analyst. She has published a variety of articles, chapters, and books.

Kimberli Breen, MS, CAS, MA, Affecting Behavior Change

Kimberli Breen provides training and coaching for home, community and school-based organizations. Kim has supported state, county, district and school-wide improvement with lead roles within multiple statewide initiatives. She has publications on family-driven, multi-tiered and system-wide implementation including the second edition educational video “Check-In, Check-Out: A Tier 2 Intervention for Students at Risk”.

Escaping the Dunk Tank: How to Work through Adversity & Prevail

Location: Sonoran Ballroom

Our session will help both educators and parents to recognize the political realities and adversarial conditions in our schools and learn how to re-shape the learning environment for both students and adults in a positive fashion. The “dunk tank” metaphor is REAL. We all face adversity. But, do we explicitly talk about it and even teach it to our students? You’ll learn how in this session.

Rebecca Coda, NBCT, Cabot Public School District

Rebecca Coda, NBCT, is currently a Director of K-6 Curriculum & Instruction in the Cabot Public School District in Arkansas and formerly a K-8 STEM Coach in the Tolleson Elementary School District in Arizona.  She is an author, speaker, professional development facilitator, and  founder of the Digital Native Network.  

Rick Jetter, Ph.D., AEP Group

Dr. Rick Jetter is currently a National Educational Consultant, Director of K-12 Education for the AEP Group, author, speaker, and trainer. He previously worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools.

Cultivating Student Voice in the Learning Continuum

Location: Horseshoe

Student voice is a vital component of ensuring equity in the learning environment. Engaging ALL students in discourse beyond content and curriculum is important in ensuring increased learning outcomes. As such, embedding student’s voices in educational practices and decision-making enriches all aspects of the student experience.

Erica Alexander, M.Ed, Crayon Box Consulting Group

Misdiagnosis and Logical Diagnostic Differentiations in the Gifted Population

Location: Boulder

The behavioral and emotional expressions of a child’s giftedness lend themselves to being misdiagnosed. Some of the most common diagnoses are: ADHD, ODD, Short Term Memory Deficit, Sensory Integration Deficit, and Auditory Processing Deficit. Logical rule-outs and rule-ins are presented from past cases of the presenter. Dr. Beljan will also cover the red flags for discovering dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.

Paul Beljan, PsyD, ABPdN, ABn, Beljan Psychological Services

Paul Beljan is a pediatric neuropsychologist who started Beljan Psychological Services in 2001. Paul co-wrote the award winning book “Mis-Diagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults” (2007) and the 2017 second edition. Paul also published “Large-Scale Brain Systems and Neuropsychological Testing: An Effort to Move Forward” in 2017. Paul is a past president of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology.

Improving School Climate through Play

Location: Flagstone

This Playworks session introduces the importance of play and lays the foundation for creating a safe, healthy, and respectful environment. New learning will include positive reinforcement, group management skills, and independent conflict resolution support. Through play, reflection, and discussion participants walk away understanding how to use inclusive games to support the physical, social, and emotional development of students in and outside the classroom.

Rhett Etherton, Playworks Arizona

Rhett Etherton is a Pro Trainer based out of the Playworks Arizona office. Rhett first experienced Playworks Arizona as a classroom teacher. After witnessing the positive impact the program had on his students, he decided to join the Playworks team. After coaching for 4 years in both Arizona and Colorado, he became a Site Coordinator and then a Pro Trainer in 2016. Rhett holds a BA in multilingual multicultural elementary education and is a certified trainer of the Nurtured Heart Approach.

Kara Largent, Playworks Arizona

Kara Largent spent the first fifteen years of her career in public education, first as a teacher then Assistant Principal and finally Principal. She received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and her Masters in Education Administration & Supervision from Arizona State University. As a K-8 Principal that brought Playworks to her school, she saw the benefits first hand and believed in the power of play so much she joined the Playworks Arizona team as their Partnerships Director.

Bringing Computer Science to your Student and/or School

Location: Desert Sky

Computer Science drives job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. Arizona is projected to be #2 in computing job growth and #4 in STEM job growth overall in the next ten years. Join us for an informative session on how to prepare your students for the jobs of the future by offering Computer Science courses for ALL through Code.org. Participants will learn about Code.org’s free program, curriculum and teacher training.

Kathryn Scott, Grand Canyon University

  1. Learn about the current state of economic development in Arizona and how technology is playing key factor.
  2. Learn about the different aspects of technology that can be found in schools and in the workforce–and how we can better prepare our students for the necessary job skills of the future.
  3.  Learn about Code.org’s FREE program, curriculum and teacher training.

Linda Coyle, B.S., M.Ed., Science Foundation Arizona

Linda is the director of education for Science Foundation Arizona. Linda’s career spans 37 years in public education from the classroom, to STEM coordinator for the Paradise Valley Unified School District to program manager of over 5 million in grant funds for schools in STEM and Computer Science (CS). Linda is currently the co-partner of the Code.org Regional CS Partnership bringing CS to all students in AZ.

Thinking Like a Lawyer: Practical Tools for Critical Thinking & Decision Making

Location: Coyote

Critical thinking is one of the most important 21st century skills. However, teaching students to think critically is difficult: it takes time, training, and expertise to do it in a meaningful way that helps students unleash their critical thinking potential. This workshop provides educators and school leaders with practical tools to bring critical thinking into every classroom for every student.

Sarah Pfeiler, thinkLaw

Sarah Pfeiler spent 14 years as a classroom teacher working with students
across all grade levels.  Her experience fostering, and later adopting,
four boys ignited a passion for equipping students with methods for coping
with overwhelming feelings.  As a result, she served three years as the
head of the PBIS committee for her building. She is currently the
Curriculum and Training Manager for thinkLaw, an award-winning program
that helps educators develop critical thinking skills.

How to Ease Into Tier 2 Interventions in Large High Schools

Location: Arizona

This presentation will describe Tier 2 Interventions and organizational supports implemented at large, urban high schools in the Phoenix, AZ area. Practical and adaptable methods for Tier 2 expansion will be reviewed along with solutions focused discussion of common barriers to success and lessons learned.

Beth Udisky, Tolleson Union High School District

Beth E. Udisky earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University with a double major in Psychology and Jewish Studies with a minor in History. She then went on to receive her master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University getting a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) and became licensed as an Independent Licensed Social Worker (LISW). Beth worked for Stillwater’s Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program which treated teenagers with dual diagnosis for two years before she became the director. The program included peer group, multi-family group, individual counseling and family counseling. In 2000 Beth was hired by Mayfield City School District as a School Social Worker and remained there until 2006. This is when she earned her School Counseling Certification from John Carroll University and was hired as a School Counselor at Mayfield High School until 2011. From 2011 to September 2015, Beth was the Social Worker and Student Assistance Program (SAP) Coordinator at Cactus Shadows High School. She provided a wide range of services including but not limited to: individual, group and family counseling. Beth is currently serving in Tolleson Union High School District as the District Prevention Coordinator.

Yesmina Luchsinger, Tolleson Union High School District

Yesmina Luchsinger is the Prevention and Intervention Specialist at Sierra Linda High School and La Joya Community High School. Her past experiences include youth substance abuse prevention, transition age and foster care youth, and working with adults living with serious mental illness. She is a CARE (Community Alliance for Resources and Education) Coalition Board Member and is a certified trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid. Yesmina has a B.A. and M.S. in Psychology, is a certified Yoga Nidra facilitator and is working toward her certification for Yoga Instruction and Yoga Therapy.

PD: PDQ!

Location: Library

The Odysseyware® client services team takes you through training for digital teaching and introduces the newest blended learning professional development model – The Blended Way. Plus – learn how to develop, fund and manage ongoing professional development.

Greg Greiwe, Odysseyware

Blending Digital and Traditional Learning: Keys to Success and Pitfalls to Avoid

Location: Joshua Tree

Keys to success and pitfalls to avoid when you blend digital and traditional to take your teaching to the next level. Participants will identify the common mistakes that impede a successful transition, learn proven methods for preventing and addressing common issues with change and discuss best practices for long term success.

Kaycee Williams, M. Ed., Odysseyware

Kaycee has 14 years of experience as an educational consultant and curriculum specialist in America’s schools as a sales consultant and professional development facilitator.  She spent 11 years in elementary classrooms working with Title I, English Language Learners (ELL), and as a regular classroom teacher.

She has crafted and conducted presentations, curriculum implementations and professional development workshops in a variety of group situations including state, district and school levels. Kaycee has also participated in conferences in all subject areas at the international, national, state, and local level to implement curriculum and technology/eLearning solutions for K-12th grades.

Her passion is to serve America’s students by providing top-notch professional development opportunities to educators.

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Partnership Lounge: Visit our exhibitors!

Breakout Session #3

Implementing Positive Behavior Support at Home while Improving School Behavior and Partnerships

Location: Echo Canyon

What happens at home…affects school, and vice versa. Please join us in learning about, and seeing examples of, positive behavior support strategies in the home and community. Using positive behavior support, caregivers can improve quality of life and increase school and community access for all.

Kimberli Breen, MS, CAS, MA, Affecting Behavior Change Inc.

Kimberli Breen, MS, CAS, MA is an educational consultant with Affecting Behavior Change Inc. She provides Multi-Tiered Systems of Support coordination, training and coaching to state, district, school and family leaders. Kimberli has implemented and coached Positive Behavior Supports in a variety of settings, including home, school and community. Her focus areas include systems, family partnerships and diversity.

Understanding the iGeneration (Generation Z)

Location: Boulder

This session will provide insight into the iGeneration (Generation). Learn about trends, problems, mental health issues, communication norms, and meeting the needs of students of each generation. Special attention will be paid to the specific norms and perspectives of the iGeneration as well as technology addiction. Generation Z is the predominant generation of our elementary schools and high school. Their behavioral norms vary from those of the Millennial generation. Learn what you can do as teachers, schools, and as parents who impact the lives of these children to help them navigate a world that requires skills beyond those we needed as school age children.

Sara Bald, Psy.D, Beljan Psychological Services

Sarah Bald is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Beljan Psychological Services. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Avondale Elementary School District. Dr. Bald obtained her doctoral degree and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Arizona State University. Dr. Bald’s professional interests include assessment and consultation of early childhood development, gifted intellect, learning disorders, and executive functioning impairments.

Dr. Bald’s clinical experience includes child and family psychotherapy, group therapy, social skills development, and pediatric neuropsychology. She has presented her research at the annual scientific conferences of the American Neurological Association and the Gerontological Society of America. She has abstracts published in The Gerontologist and the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. Her research interests include lifespan development and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Casey Heinsch, MAS, LAMFT, Beljan Psychological Services

Casey Heinsch is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist who has experience working with diverse populations and challenges. Casey primarily works with challenges and disorders presented in couples, parenting, and family dynamics. Casey’s approach is rooted in systemic perspectives and incorporating emotional regulation techniques and mindfulness informed interventions.

She received her Master’s degree from Arizona State University in Marriage and Family Therapy. During her two internships at ASU she worked simultaneously in a private practice and within an agency. Her experiences focused on couples, co-parenting, behavioral planning, emotional regulation and families. After graduation, she worked in non-traditional clinical setting as an equine psychotherapist and therapeutic riding instructor. This work focused on mindfulness informed interventions for youth and families facing challenges with mood disorders, intellectual disabilities, and gifted abilities. As a psychotherapist, Casey has developed specialties in bereavement, emotional regulation, co-parenting, LGBTQ populations and families.

Stories from the Playground: How Authentic Stories can Transform School Cultures

Location: Sonoran Ballroom

The best type of school reform initiatives comes from the stories of our educators, students, and parents.  But, the secret is how to use stories to trigger wonder, reflection, and change in our schools.  In the session, participants will learn how authentic stories can improve:

  • School, Community, and Interpersonal Relationships
  • Instruction & Assessment
  • Organizational Policies
  • Educational Politics
  • Motivation

Rebecca Coda, NBCT, Cabot Public School District

Rebecca Coda, NBCT, is currently a Director of K-6 Curriculum & Instruction in the Cabot Public School District in Arkansas and formerly a K-8 STEM Coach in the Tolleson Elementary School District in Arizona.  She is an author, speaker, professional development facilitator, and  founder of the Digital Native Network.  

Rick Jetter, Ph.D., AEP Group

Dr. Rick Jetter is currently a National Educational Consultant, Director of K-12 Education for the AEP Group, author, speaker, and trainer. He previously worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools.

Parent Professional Collaboration

Location: Coyote

Learn how to communicate effectively, and foster positive interaction between parents, school staff, and students. Find out how parents can teach their children to advocate for themselves. Become familiar with ways to increase family participation in special education. Participants will discuss the role of parents and staff in special education.

Janna Murrell, Raising Special Kids

Janna Murrell is the Director of Family Support and Education at Raising Special Kids.

Janna became a volunteer with Raising Special Kids in 1998, after experiencing firsthand the value of Parent to Parent support when her son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. After working with families in the nonprofit arena for 12 years, Janna joined the staff at Raising Special Kids in 2008 as a Family Support Specialist facilitating Parent to Parent Connections. In 2011 Janna became Director of Family Support and Education. Janna is an accredited practitioner for Level 4 Group Stepping Stones; Triple P Parenting Classes as well as a certified Train the Trainer for Serving On Groups that Make Decisions.

Christopher Tiffany, Raising Special Kids

Christopher Tiffany is the Director of Family Support and Education at Raising Special Kids.

Chris came to Raising Special Kids from the public school system in central Phoenix where he was a dedicated Special Education teacher and facilitator. Chris and his wife, Paulina, are parents to their only son who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two. Bringing his knowledge of Special Education as an educator and as a parent, Chris is dedicated to the mission of supporting families who are raising children, of all ages, with special needs.

Designing Effective Maker Spaces

Location: Desert Sky

Creating a Maker Space can be overwhelming. If done incorrectly your Maker Space could be underutilized. This session will go through the planning process of creating a Maker Space. In doing so, participants will consider the following: who to involve in the process, developing a focus, how to include community partners and parents, what to purchase, and how to develop a plan that will ensure your Maker Space is utilized.

Dr. Joe Roselle, Laveen Elementary District

Dr. Joe Roselle has been an educator for almost 20 years. Twelve of those twenty years have been in the Laveen School District. The first ten years in Laveen, Dr. Roselle was the principal of Laveen Elementary School and the last two years he has become the Community Outreach Coordinator. In addition, Dr. Roselle is currently facilitating a city-wide PBIS group and a city-wide STEM group made up of charter and public schools.

Linda Henneberg, Troxell

Linda Henneberg has been the STEM Specialist at Troxell since July 2017. Previously, she was Manager of Extracurricular Programs at Arizona Science Center, where she implemented inquiry-based STEAM learning into summer and school break camps for grades preK-8. With a degree in Physics, and another in Science Communication, Linda is passionate about STEAM education!

Prevent Teach Reinforce: A Collaborative Tier 3 Intervention for School, Home and Private Service Providers   ** BCBA Credit

Location: Flagstone

The Prevent Teach Reinforce model developed by Glen Dunlap et. al. is a Tier 3 intervention model providing a framework for using evidence based functional behavior assessment and effective behavior intervention plans. The model has been introduced and used in K-12 school, pre-school, home and community settings. Presentation emphasis will be on review and use of the model to aid collaboration between home, school and non-school agencies.

Birgit Lurie, MsEd., NCSP, BCBA, KOI Education

Birgit is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist with 30 years experience working in schools. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst supporting PBIS in private and public school settings in the US and abroad. Birgit specializes in Tier 3 implementation and teacher training through KOI Education.

Classroom Management for Secondary Students

Location: Arizona

Educators agree that the ideal environment for teaching and learning is predictable, consistent, positive, equitable, and safe. But disruptive student behaviors sometimes make this kind of classroom seem unattainable. Participants will explore ten evidence-based practices for creating and maintaining a positive learning environment, with an emphasis on how and why they work with students in grades six through twelve.

Dale Parcell, KOI Education

Dale spent over half of his career in public education as a high school Spanish teacher, and then became a high school Director of Guidance and Counseling. He later assumed positions as Deputy Associate Superintendent for School Improvement at the Arizona Department of Education, Director of P-20 Partnerships for the Applied Learning Technologies Institute at Arizona State University, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Laveen Elementary School District in Phoenix. He currently resides in Tucson and is a Learning Systems Facilitator and Coach for KOI Education, providing training and support to schools implementing school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

Odysseyware® Digital Curriculum – What’s Next?

Location: Joshua Tree

Participate in a product & technology development focus group. Also get the latest on resources and training including customization training, peer networking and custom training and consulting. This session is designed for current Odysseyware customers.

Julie Bai, Odysseyware

Julie is dedicated to making education software that is valuable to people. She taught grades 6-8 in a 1:1 technology school in Phoenix, AZ and loved the experience. She brings a love a learning and software development background to help design the next generation of software and educational experiences. The incredible challenge is to increase achievement and accessibility for all learners.

In her spare time, she hangs out with her husband and three dogs. They love exploring the desert together.

Josey Borman, Odysseyware

The Sky is the Limit when you Digitize Learning!

Location: Library

The sky is the limit when you go digital for competency based learning! Designing programs for accelerated and college bound students with your current teaching staff.

Shawn Jensen, Odysseyware

For over 15 years and in multiple industries, Shawn has been a trainer, teacher, professional development coach, and instructional designer. His passion is creating experiences where anyone can engage and learn. He loves hiking, watching movies, infrequently playing guitar, and building Lego sets with his kids. He is also a published illustrator of several children’s books.

Carrie Gregerson, Odysseyware

NEW! PBISaz Achievement Award Criteria

Location: Horseshoe

New and improved, the 2018 PBIS Awards will be explained in detail and all your questions answered. Come see the new criteria, new awards, new data and new dates for achieving recognition for your school. Last year 116 schools in our state received PBIS recognition, posters and swag – this year. YOU deserve to WIN!

Dorothy Watkins, Washington Elementary School District

For over 15 years and in multiple industries, Shawn has been a trainer, teacher, professional development coach, and instructional designer. His passion is creating experiences where anyone can engage and learn. He loves hiking, watching movies, infrequently playing guitar, and building Lego sets with his kids. He is also a published illustrator of several children’s books.

Closing Remarks

Grand Raffle Drawing

Post-Conference Reception

Odysseyware Online Learning will host a complimentary beer and wine tasting after the closing session. Join us as we celebrate PBIS and Ed Tech as you network with colleagues and our presenters.

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