The Art of Digital Teaching


Conference Host, Odysseyware presents, “The Art of Digital Teaching” at BET-C 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona. The 5th annual Behavior, Education, Technology Conference is the ‘can’t miss’ event of the year for educators, community leaders, school administrators, school counselors and those looking to gain BCBA and professional development CEU’s.

Join Shawn Jensen, Professional Learning Specialist, at Odysseyware as he brings his expertise to BET-C attendees and illustrates, “The Art of Digital Teaching.” 

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.


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.

Register for BET-C 2016 before October 14th and save $30.00!

*Mr. Jensen will present this session at 12:45 pm and 2:15 pm

No Place For Hate!

This is a highly relevant topic which will be presented by Melia Dunn at BET-C 2016, October 25th.



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)

Melia Dunn directs anti-bias programming for youth and educators with a focus on the No Place for Hate® Initiative. Prior to ADL, Melia served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania, focusing on youth leadership development and facilitating culture and communications trainings for incoming trainees.  She has a B.A. degree from Penn State University where her focus was Interpersonal Communications and Conflict Resolution.


PBISAz Achievement Award Winners

 Winners will be highlighted at BET-C 2016!

More than 60 Arizona schools were recognized for reducing discipline referrals, and creating positive environments.

PHOENIX— Five Arizona schools snagged top honors for creating a positive school culture and reducing principal visits and suspensions from the PBISAz Achievement Awards ceremony on April 29.



Congratulations to the five gold winners: Holbrook Junior High in Holbrook, Trailside Point School in Laveen, SHARP School in Mesa, Lake View Primary in Page and Lowell Elementary in Phoenix.

“Lowell Elementary School is proud of our PBIS efforts,” said principal Tyson Kelly.

The school reported a 75 percent decrease in student suspensions and referrals to the front office for discipline since the first year administrators brought PBIS to Lowell. “It is amazing to see a Kindergartener on the playground who excitedly runs over to tell you that he got a ROAR card this morning for being Accountable because he finished his work in class.”

Moreover, buzzwords have now translated into real-life successes. “Data-driven is no longer just a catchphrase at Lowell,” said school psychologist Meredith Swank. “We use data to inform our decisions which positively impacts our choices about students, both academically and behaviorally. We are also more mindful about our progress and consistently look for opportunities to improve our outcomes. We have room to grow, but are on a great track.”

The curriculum dubbed PBIS, or positive behavior interventions and supports, arose in the 1990s as part of research into how the social culture of a school—and not just instructional interactions—was just as key to creating an effective place to learn for kids of all abilities and challenges. PBISAz is the largest project funded by the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, a group which aims to enhance the lives of students and adults with developmental disabilities, which includes autism, behavioral disorders and cerebral palsy.

PBIS sets up a 3-Tier pyramid-type system for schools to support each student based on behavioral patterns. Preventing problem behavior before it arises by rewarding positive actions is a large part of the platform.

If the first tier activities fail to succeed, students move up the pyramid to receive more individualized plans to prevent problem behaviors. Students with high-risk behavior receive Tier 2 or 3 supports at the onset. The ultimate goal is to create positive school climates that encourage expected behavior and reduce challenging behavior across all students and all areas of the school. When this happens, there are fewer behavioral challenges and fewer students who exhibit those challenges. This in turn reduces exclusionary practices like office referrals, suspensions, restraints and seclusion.

“I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of the staff and administrators of these schools,” said Dr. Dan Davidson, director of PBISAz. “There is no mandate or requirement for schools to implement PBIS, and it is a lot of hard work. It is a testament to the dedication these schools have to their students.”

Throughout Arizona, 68 schools have verified they implement PBIS as measured by standard national survey instruments for the 2015-2016 school year. To learn more about PBIS and resources in Arizona, visit

To view and download photos from the awards ceremony and pictures of individual winners, click here.


Who we are

A staff of five assists the all-volunteer Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, which is made up of individuals with developmental disabilities, family members, providers and state agency representatives. The 23-member Council meets quarterly to hear reports and vote on which projects to support by allocating federal funds, which total more than $1.2 million each year. Visit us online at

What we do

We serve Arizona residents with developmental disabilities along with their families, providing original research and support to projects that accomplish our three current goals: increasing employment opportunities, encouraging individuals to advocate for themselves and empowering those individuals with information.

Main: 602-542-8970 | Email:  |





1 free year of PBIS Rewards!

That is what one lucky person will win at BET-C 2016 next month.

PBIS Rewards is the perfect marriage between technology and PBIS, where teachers can use their smartphones or browsers in the classroom to reward students for good behavior. This school-wide PBIS management system is an affordable solution for tracking, recording progress and rewarding students for meeting behavior goals.

Students know their account balances and can redeem points for items, privileges and attendance at events, all in PBIS Rewards!

Visit for all the details. Then be sure to register for BET-C 2016 for your chance to win one free year of PBIS Rewards.

Thank you PBIS Rewards for being a part of BET-C and for donating this to the raffle!


Raffle Prizes!

Thanks to our Sponsors, Partners and Exhibitors that support our fun-filled raffle at BET-C!

This year is shaping up to be another great raffle for some lucky attendees.

On the raffle table so far:

A Kindle           Gift Cards

Books               Jewelry

Swag Bag        FitBit Flex

Free Registration to BET-C 2017

Raffle    More to come… Join us for the fun!

Fredi Lajvardi Presents at BET-C

We are thrilled to have Coach Fredi Lajvardi as a BET-C 2016 presenter!

Hear the story of student success from our very own local educational hero who is an award winning Robotics coach, mentor and inspirational teacher at Carl Hayden High School.

Improbable to Unstoppable

Faridodin “Fredi” Lajvardi, Falcon Robotics, Carl Hayden High School

For more thFredi_Twitter1.001an 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!

BET-C Exhibitors are Posted

Check out our amazing sponsors, hosts and partners for BET-C 2016!

Visit the Partners page for full company descriptions and links to their sites. Meet them in person at the BET-C Partner Lounge during the conference.


Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks

Arizona Council for Exceptional Children

Arizona School Counselors Association

Association for Positive Behavior Support

ASU Center for Child Well Being

AZ Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

AZ K12 Center

AZ Science Center


Expect More AZ

Family Friendly Schools/Engage Press

Foundation for Blind Children

KOI Education

Maricopa County Education Service Agency

Northern Arizona University


PBIS Rewards



Raising Special Kids

Review 360


Teen Life Line

Terros Health

The Talbot Team

University of Arizona- College of Education

~ Thank You for supporting Arizona students and our community! ~

Agenda Posted

The BET-C 2016 Agenda is overflowing with so many resources and relevant topics you will need to bring your entire team to round it all up! Presentation materials will be posted in advance for each session so the learning starts early and is never-ending.

Here’s a sample of announced sessions so far:

~Integrated models of prevention and treatment: Positive Behavior Supports and Restorative Practices

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

~The Art of Digital Teaching

~The Millennial Generation: Trends, Theories, and Treatment

~How to Engage Families and Schools

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

~Empowering Schools to be No Place for Hate

 And we’re not done yet! The following topics will be added in the coming days:
  • SWPBIS to increase trauma sensitivity in schools (intermediate to advanced)
  • The heart of PBIS (intermediate)
  • PBIS: Implementing Tier 1: principals’ perspective (covers K12, includes teaming/assessment and buy in/developing artifacts and rollout and maintenance) (beginner/intermediate)
  • PBIS: preventing restraint and seclusion (beginner/intermediate)
  • PBIS for School Leaders and Policy Makers (beginner)

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Keynote Announced!

We are honored to have Dr. Jeffrey Sprague as our Keynote for BET-C 2016!


Dr. Jeffrey Sprague is a Professor of Special Education and Director of the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior. He directs federal, state and local research and demonstration projects related to positive behavior interventions and supports, multi-tiered support systems, alternative education, juvenile delinquency prevention and treatment, restorative practices and school safety.

Dr. Jeffrey Sprague, University of Oregon

8:45 am – 10:00 am – Cottonwood Ballroom

“Integrated models of prevention and treatment: Positive Behavior Supports and Restorative Practices”

Multiple approaches to school discipline and bullying are currently being used nationally and internationally. School wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) has been widely disseminated with the support of the U.S. Department of Education. In recent years there has been a rapidly rising interest in the adoption and evaluation of Restorative Justice practices in schools, typically referred to as Restorative Practices. In this session we will describe the theory and components of each approach and then illustrate a proposed combined intervention approach. The approach is based on a core theory that integrated models of prevention and treatment, which combine multiple independent strategies or programs merged into a single intervention, have the potential to address some of the significant challenges facing school programs in a way that does not compromise integrity. Applied examples will be included in the presentation.

Full details here,