20th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. March 29-April 1, 2023, Jacksonville, FL

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Nikole Y. Hollins-Sims, Ed.D.

Nikole Y. Hollins-Sims, Ed.D., is an educational consultant & strategist. She currently serves as a technical assistance coordinator for the Midwest PBIS network. Dr. Hollins-Sims is a former Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). She has previously served as an educational consultant for the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)-Harrisburg Office, where she was the co-statewide lead for the Learning Environment & Engagement initiative. Dr. Hollins-Sims is a Pennsylvania certified school psychologist and has conducted research around caregivers of children of incarcerated parents and their motivation to engage in family-school partnerships. Dr. Hollins-Sims has been awarded as a Moral and Courageous Leader for Education by Cabrini University in 2021, the 2021 American Psychology Association (APA) Anti-Racism School Psychology Emerging Professional Award and was named the 2021 Pennsylvania School Psychologist of the Year. Dr. Hollins-Sims has also recently launched her own business, Hollins-Sims Consultation.

Wednesday Workshops (AM)

SWK 101 - Supporting Implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support in the Classroom

Dama Abshier Brooke Curtiss Cat Raulerson

Participants will gain knowledge and skills to enhance the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support in the classroom and will explore free resources to support teachers in the application of five essential classroom practices.
Dama Abshier, Brooke Curtiss, Cat Raulerson, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

SWK 102 - Leading & Coaching School Teams for Effective Team-based, Data-driven Problem-Solving within MTSS

Brian Gaunt

In this workshop participants will learn how to create and ensure optimal conditions for supporting school problem solving teams to engage in effective data-use practices across all three tiers with fidelity. Resources will be provided.
Brian Gaunt, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

SWK 103 - Laying the Ground Work for Centering & Sustaining Equity in PBIS

Ruthie Payno-Simmons

So, you want to center equity in PBIS? Now what? Participants will leverage a culturally sustaining framework that centers equity within PBIS to apply professional learning strategies supportive of leading building/district-wide equity-focused professional development.
Ruthie Payno-Simmons, Michigan's Multi-tiered Systems of Support Technical Assistance Center, Lansing, MI

SWK 104 - Engaging Educational Partners in PBIS Implementation in High Schools: Connect The Community

Patricia Hershfeldt Ami Flamini

Developmentally, adolescents are eager to play a role in decision-making specific to their school and community experiences. We will explore student engagement and community connections and the benefits to implementing PBIS in High Schools.
Patricia Hershfeldt, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; Ami Flamini, Midwest PBIS, Hillside, IL

SWK 105 - Person Centered Planning: Core Tier 1, 2, and 3 Interventions

Paul Malette

This interactive workshop highlights 30 years of person-centered planning in PBS. Multiple case studies illustrate person-centered planning as core Tier 1, 2, and 3 interventions within early childhood settings, family contexts, schools, and community settings.
Paul Malette, CBI Consultants,Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

SWK 106 - Mind Full or Mindful?: Flexible Living in a Stressed Out World

Ashley Greenwald Jodie Soracco

Have you ever felt emotionally drained? Come participate in an in-depth encounter with Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), where you will learn to behave flexibility and appreciate the present moment even when faced with hardship.
Ashley Greenwald, University of Nevada, Reno, NV; Jodie Soracco, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

SWK 107 - Early Childhood is Key! Unlocking Implementation of PBIS in PreK settings

Lise Fox Anna Winneker Denise Binder

Implementing MTSS within preschool classrooms requires careful consideration of the selection of data decision making tools, interventions, and needed professional development. In this session, we discuss these considerations, resources, and ways to address challenges.
Lise Fox, Anna Winneker, Denise Binder, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Wednesday Workshops (PM)

SWK 110 - The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF): Integrating Mental Health within the PBIS Framework

Lucille Eber Kelly Perales Susan Barrett

ISF integrates mental health into the PBIS framework creating a comprehensive social/emotional/behavioral system of support in schools. Examples, tools and installation resources for application at State, District and School levels will be highlighted.
Lucille Eber, Kelly Perales, Midwest PBIS Network, Hillside, IL; Susan Barrett, Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA

SWK 111 - Connecting and Building Relationships Through Proactive Restorative Practice Circles

Lauren Evanovich Stephanie Martinez

Participants will learn about proactive restorative practices, specifically affective statements, and circles. In this session, participants will get to participate in and practice the use of community-building circles.
Lauren Evanovich, Stephanie Martinez, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

SWK 112 - Ethical Workout: Working With our Colleagues to Improve Services for our Learners

Katherine Bateman Ilene Schwartz Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsall Sheppard Pratt

We will provide school psychologists and behavior analysts with opportunities to learn about ethical issues. We will address identifying ethical dilemmas, using frameworks to address ethical problems, and developing a joint vocabulary to facilitate collaboration.
Katherine Bateman, Ilene Schwartz, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsall, Sheppard Pratt, Baltimore, MD

SWK 113 - You're in the Driver's Seat: A Classroom Roadmap for Supporting ALL Students

Karen Robbie Sarah Wilkinson Laura Kern Janet VanLone

This practical, interactive session is designed for practitioners, including classroom teachers and support personnel, interested in learning ways to improve implementation of evidence-based classroom management practices that result in a positive and productive learning environment.
Karen Robbie, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; Sarah Wilkinson, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME; Laura Kern, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Janet VanLone, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

SWK 114 - Implementing a Systematic Tier 2 Framework: Adaptive Strategies Across K-12

Sara McDaniel Allison Bruhn

The purpose of this workshop is to describe the Tier 2 Identification and Intervention Framework, highlight exemplar schools using the 5-step systematic tier 2 process for identification and intervention, and discuss adaptive strategies.
Sara McDaniel, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; Allison Bruhn, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

SWK 115 - Discussing Race, Racism and Current Events with Students and Staff

Kent McIntosh Alexandria Robers

Holding classroom discussions about race is critical for supporting students, but some may not know how to do it well. This session will introduce a systematic process to make discussions more productive and prevent challenges.
Kent McIntosh, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; Alexandria Robers, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

SWK 116 - We’re Better When We’re Together: Successful Family-School Partnerships with PBS

Kiki McGough Karen Gifford

This interactive workshop will explore the Framework of National Standards for School Partnerships as the foundation for successful Family-School Partnerships. Families and professionals will action plan to address their diverse cultures and family structures.
Kiki McGough, APBS, Denver, CO; Karen Gifford, KOI Education, Phoenix, AZ

SWK 117 - Prevent-Teach-Reinforce (PTR) for Transition Aged Youth and Adults with IDD

Anne Malbica Rose Iovannone

Learn applications of a functional behavior assessment approach for transition age youth and adults with IDD in community and home settings. Included will be an overview, access to tools, case examples, and interactive activities.
Anne Malbica, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; Rose Iovannone, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Saturday Workshops

SWK 120 - Bullying Prevention in PBIS

Scott Ross

This workshop will describe a functional approach to bullying prevention that gives students the tools to reduce bullying through the blending of PBIS, explicit instruction on effective responses to problem behavior, and consistent adult responses.
Scott Ross, California State University Monterey Bay, Monterey Bay, CA

SWK 201 - Parenting with Positive Behavior Support: Helping All Families Thrive and Problem Solve

Karen Elfner Sarah Fefer

We will share practical strategies to both promote positive behaviors and respond to challenging behaviors for the entire family. Participants will learn to develop a family PBS plan aligned with family preferences, strengths, and needs.
Karen Elfner, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Sarah Fefer, University of Massachusetts, Holyoke, MA