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12th Annual Summer Institute – Starting Strong with Equity-Centered MTSS

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12th Annual Summer Institute – Starting Strong with Equity-Centered MTSS

Aug 16th:

8:00-8:45 Keynote: Centering Students Through Equity – Free for all attnedees

9:00-12:00 Tier 1 PBIS Refresh With A Lens on Equity – Lori Lynass, Ed.D.

Does your Tier 1 system need a reboot? Have you been intentional with how to create a culturally responsive Tier 1 system? This workshop will examine the common missteps schools often take when implementing PBIS and will focus on using guides and tools that can help ensure your PBIS system are achieving high results for all students. Participants will leave with an action plan that can guide the PBIS leadership teams to roll out a responsive system for the 2022-2023 school year.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the common missteps schools often make in Tier 1 PBIS implementation.
  • Learn about and practice using tools to create culturally responsive PBIS systems.
  • Create an action plan that you can use right away to improve your outcomes.


9:00-12:00 PBIS in the Classroom: Creating A Trauma-Responsive, More Equitable Classroom – Jessica Swain-Bradway, Ph.D.

This session covers some of the basics of how to apply a “trauma lens” in the classroom.  It will cover high leverage practices, and how to use universal design, and positive behavior supports, to create a very dignified, predictable environment that centers students. Practical strategies and resources included!

Learning Objectives:

  • List three features of a trauma-responsive learning environment
  • Define 3 high leverage instructional practices, and 
  • Describe how we can use high leverage instructional in a trauma-responsive manner
  • Identify reliable resources for creating a trauma-responsive classroom. 


1:00-4:00 Equity Focused Inclusionary Practices – Jorge Preciado, Ph.D.

Teachers will learn reasons as to why inclusionary practices are necessary and needed in school settings. Moreover, teachers will learn how culture, academic, behavioral practices, and family engagement can positive school outcomes for students of color, multilingual learners, students with disabilities and students from low socio-economic status.

Learning Objectives:

  • Teachers will state 1-2 reasons why strengthening the ethnic identity of students of color is important.
  • Teachers will state multiple reasons of how evidence-based academic and behavioral practices increases student outcomes.
  • Teachers will state 1-2 reasons for strengthening family engagement practices for students.


Aug 17th 

9:00-12:00 Readiness & Critical Features of Tier 2 Interventions, Data, & Systems – Billie Jo Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Are you ready to move into Tier 2 Intervention Implementation? Whether you are just stepping into Tier 2 or needing to brush off the dust of an old system, this session will review critical features of Tier 2 readiness to maximize the likelihood your Tier 2 intervention systems are successful. We will then discuss critical features of Tier 2 interventions, systems, and data to maximize student outcomes with interventions.

Objectives. Participants will:

  • Understand and demonstrate knowledge of the foundation of a solid Tier 1 PBIS System as a key aspect of Tier 2 success, and then,
  • Describe key features of readiness related to systems, data, & practices, and
  • Gain helpful resources and examples to support implementation of Tier 2 systems, data, and practices.


9:00-12:00 Building and Sustaining Equity and Inclusion Through MTSS – Bridget Walker, Ph.D. & Jerome Hunter. MIT

Equity must be embedded in the MTSS framework which, at its core, provides a set of systems, structures, and practices to support educators in building a positive, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for all. We will explore key aspects of equity within MTSS and introduce participants to the Anti-Racist Inquiry Process, which is a framework to support personal reflection, growth, and development of adults to be actively anti-racist educators. The Anti-Racist Inquiry Process invites educators to engage with school and student data and reflect on how race may be influencing outcomes. In addition to this process, participants will leave with strategies, practices and resources that can be used to build and sustain equitable and inclusive outcomes in their schools.

Session Objectives

  • Participants will discuss the importance of leadership teams in building and sustaining equity and inclusion as part of their MTSS work.
  • Participants will learn about the Anti-Racist Inquiry Cycle, which is a tool developed to help staff identify and address implicit and personal biases that may be affecting policy and practice and interfering with their anti-racism efforts. 
  • Participants will discuss and explore key leadership and implementation strategies that teams can use to support and sustain equitable, inclusive, anti-racist, student-centered MTSS. 


1:00-4:00 The Clinician’s Role in a Multi-Tiered System of Supports – Bella Bikowsky Ph.D.

The clinician’s role in a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework is an area of growing interest and focus for educational professionals. For the purpose of this workshop, clinicians are considered school social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, deans and community mental health clinicians based in the school setting. These clinicians play an integral role in helping build, support, and sustain a MTSS framework in schools and districts. A critical paradigm shift occurs within the MTSS framework, transitioning the clinician role from supporting individual students to setting up structures and systems to help benefit and support all students. In this workshop we will take a dive into the clinicians role at all three tiers. 

Session Objectives

  • Learners will leave with tangible tools to take back to their buildings for each tier of support. 
  • Learners will also leave with a list of resources to help support this paradigm shift within their role.

Event Details

August 16 @ 8:00 am - August 17 @ 4:00 pm


Virtual Workshop


49.00 – 145.00