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Ways PBIS can address equity and disproportionality across the tiers as well as the role of PBIS in reducing bias in the discipline process

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Date and Time

February 28, 2020
3:30 PM (Eastern), 2:30 PM (Central)


Tamika La Salle, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut

Description of Webinar:

This webinar will focus on the impact of culture on students’ educational experiences and why cultural considerations should be considered when educating minoritized youth. Recommendations and strategies to promote equity in discipline practices for schools implementing PBIS will also be discussed.


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About the Presenter

Dr. La Salle earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Georgia State University in 2013. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut where she joined the faculty in the Neag School of Education in 2013. Dr. La Salle was previously a teacher of special education at the middle and elementary school levels in the Atlanta, Georgia area. There, she subsequently worked as a consulting school psychologist in surrounding school districts. Currently, Dr. La Salle is a research scientist for the Center for Behavioral Education Research (CBER). She studies culturally responsive educational practices and school climate. She is particularly interested in the impact of demographic, cultural, and ecological factors on students’ educational experiences and on developing and maintaining culturally responsive school environments that facilitated positive school environments for students, are proactive in supporting students, and provide equitable opportunities, especially for minoritized youth. Dr. La Salle developed the Georgia School Climate Survey, a national survey used to assess perceptions of school climate across students, families, and school personnel. The GSHS is used as a state-wide measure in Georgia and through the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Technical Center as an outcome measure. As of 2018, the surveys were administered to more than 260 districts across 20 states. The survey was also vetted for reliability and validity by the National center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments.

Dr. La Salle is a co-investigator on a 4 million dollar PBIS-V subgrant to UConn, serving as the school climate and culture coordinator for the PBIS Technical Center. She is also a co-investigator on a 2.4 million dollar NIH grant focused on reducing youth violence and racisim and discrimination through comprehensive prevention strategies. Since 2017, Dr. La Salle has served as project coordinator leading a Cross-Cultural School Climate Group with partners from more than 9 countries. The aim of this project has been to adapt the GSHS to international constructs to examine cross-cultural similarities and differences in the impact of school climate on student outcomes and to provide free resources that can be accessed nationally and internationally to support culturally-relevant school climate improvement effort. To date, the surveys have been translated and adapted into 10 languages and administered to more than 20K students, 3K parents, and 10K teachers. She has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to school climate, scale development, integrating systems, and culturally-relevant practices and interventions. Dr. La Salle also regularly serves as a school and state consultant, working with schools to identify and implement culturally responsive intervention and prevention practices to support equitable access and opportunities and to improve school climate.

In 2018, Dr. La Salle received the Excellence in Research & Creativity, Early Career Award from the University of Connecticut’s American Association of University Professors. She serves as co-chair for the National Association of School Psychology Minority Scholarship Program, co-chair of International School Psychology Association Research Committee, and serves as an ex-officio in the equity seat and co-chair of the equity workgroup for the Association of Positive Behavior Supports.

2019/20 Upcoming Webinars

Month Date Confirmed Start Time Presenter(s) Webinar Title
February February 28, 2020 Time 3:30 PM Tamika La Salle Equity
April April 27, 2020 Time TBD Lise Fox Implementation of PBIS in Early Childhood Settings
May May 28, 2020 Time TBD Kiki McGough Family Partnerships

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Distinguished Speakers

A distinguished presenter is a leader in the field who, based on both their acknowledged expertise in the field and generosity, have either; 1) waived honoraria at an APBS sponsored event, 2) re-directed honoraria from a presentation that they provided to APBS and/or 3) have donated their honoraria following a presentation to APBS. APBS wishes to acknowledge and thank each of the following Distinguished Presenters.


Tamika La Salle


Jeffrey Sprague, Joni Splett, Heather George, Brigid Flannery, Mimi McGrath Kato, Nadia Sampson, Kiki McGough


Greg Benner, Terry Scott, Lynne DeSousa, Rob Horner, Tim Lewis, Allison Bruhn, Rose Lovannone


Ann Turnbull, Angela Preston, Kathleen Ryan Jackson, Brian Gaunt, Kent McIntosh, Maureen Conroy, Meme Hieneman


Steve Goodman, Laura Riffel, Susan Barrett, Lucille Eber, Kelly Perales, Stephanie Martinez, Devon Minch, Jessica Swain-Bradway, Therese Sandomierski, Rachel Freeman


Leanne Hawken, Kent McIntosh, Joe Lucyshyn, Kelsey Morris, Jeff Sprague


Rose Iovannone, Lucille Eber, Chris Borgmeier, Catherine Bradshaw, Sandy Hardee, Lana Asuncion-Bates, Laura Riffel, Kathleen Lynne Lane


Rob Horner, Anne Todd, Terry Scott


Mark Durand