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Continental Breakfast
Partnership Lounge Open

8:00-8:30am PBISaz Breakfast Club

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
KOI Education & ODYSSEYWARE

Keynote

Culture and Relationship Matters in Teaching and Learning

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.

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Breakout Session #1

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

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.

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

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.

Colin Seale, Esq., thinkLaw

Colin Seale’s teaching career began in Washington, D.C. After working in child welfare, Colin returned to the classroom while attending law school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  He later practiced law at Greenberg Traurig, and used this experience to create thinkLaw, which has won multiple honors for helping educators teach critical thinking using real-life legal cases.

How to Engage Families and Schools

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.

Lunch and PBISaz Film Festival

Breakout Session #2

Partnering with Families within a Multi-Tiered System of Support

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, M, Positive Behavior Support Applications

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”.

PBIS Genius Bar – get answers here!

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.  

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

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.

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

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

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Breakout Session #3

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

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.

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, 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)

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.

Vanessa Berens, Ph.D., Beljan Psychological Services

Dr. Berens is a licensed psychologist who has worked with a wide array of disorders and diverse populations. Dr. Berens works with adolescents, adults, families, and couples in individual or group sessions. She has extensive background working with intimate partner violence, individuals recovering from traumatic events, as well as, mood, sleep and anxiety disorders. She also specializes in working with the Millennial Generation, Generation z and the gifted population. Dr. Berens received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Imago Relationship Therapy and Mindfulness. Dr. Berens also conducts psychological evaluations and personality testing.

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

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.

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.

Closing Remarks

Grand Raffle Drawing

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