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8th Annual ND MTSS Conference - June 11-13, 2018

NDMTSS: Expanding our System of Supports

Light breakfast, lunch and snack will be provided each day.

You can attend any combination of the 3 days (1, 2, or 3 day options available).
Early Bird Rates: $115/day | April 15-May 11
Regular Rates: $145/day | May 12-June 1


Optional Continuing Ed Credit from Valley City State University. (You must attend at least 2 of the 3 conference days.)

Session 1 (Required)
(Monday, June 11, 2018 8:15 AM - 8:45 AM)
Session ID: 37595
Day 1 - Registration
Seats Filled: 239 / 400
Fee: $145.00
Location:Hotel, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, Holiday Inn



Important Breakout Information:

For Day 1 Registration - Complete Sessions 4-7

Check in 8:15-8:45 Atrium

Welcome 8:45-9:00 Great Hall

Keynote Speaker starts at 9:00

 


Session ID: 38236
Not Attending Day 1
Seats Filled: 35 / 400
Location:Holiday Inn - Fargo, 3803 13th Avenue South, Fargo, 58103, Holiday Inn


Session 2 (Required)
(Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:15 AM - 8:45 AM)
Session ID: 37596
Day 2 - Registration
Seats Filled: 255 / 400
Fee: $145.00
Location:Hotel, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, Holiday Inn



Important Breakout Information:

For Day 2 Registration - Complete Sessions 8-11

Check In 8:15 - 8:40 Atrium

Welcome 8:45-9:00 Great Hall

Keynote speaker starts at 9:00


Session ID: 38237
Not Attending Day 2
Seats Filled: 20 / 400
Location:Holiday Inn - Fargo, 3803 13th Avenue South, Fargo, 58103, Holiday Inn


Session 3 (Required)
(Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM)
Session ID: 37597
Day 3 - Registration
Seats Filled: 214 / 400
Fee: $145.00
Location:Hotel, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, Holiday Inn



Important Breakout Information:

For Day 3 Registration - Complete 12-16

Check in 7:30-8:00

Keynote speaker starts at 8:00


Session ID: 38238
Not Attending Day 3
Seats Filled: 61 / 400
Location:Holiday Inn - Fargo, 3803 13th Avenue South, Fargo, 58103, Holiday Inn


Session 4
(Monday, June 11, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Session ID: 38163
Day 1: KEYNOTE - Social Emotional & Academic Development - Supporting Success for all Students
Seats Filled: 224 / 400
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, Great Hall



Important Breakout Information:

The keynote address will expose conference participants to the necessity for schools and school districts to balance both academic press and personalization. With a renewed focus and commitment to the importance of addressing the needs of the whole-child, we will explore best practices strategies necessary for student social, emotional, and academic development.

Presenter: Dr. Sonia Stewart


Session 5
(Monday, June 11, 2018 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM)
Session ID: 38164
Day 1: Change Leadership - Building Capacity of School Communities to Implement MTSS
Seats Filled: 46 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

We will explore how to take a school and/or school district through the a health change cycle ready to foster a learning environment that meets the needs of all students. Workshop participants will examine school practices through an equity lens in order to develop a holistic approach to student success. Participants will engage in small group discussions focused on the central components of MTSS. Participants will have time to reflect on their learning and construct action steps.

  • Engage in a vision for students, staff, and schools rooted in equity
  • Understand the five strands of a comprehensive SEAD plan
  • Explore strategies to build staff commitment to SEAD
  • Examine professional development needs in order to increase staff capacity
  • Determine and set priorities
  • Operationalize understanding of MTSS rooted in a culture of care

Presenter: Dr. Sonia Stewart


Session ID: 38165
Day 1: Intensifying Instruction (Part 1)
Seats Filled: 47 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

(Part 1) In order to meet the demands of an MTSS system, educators are asking for assistance in deepening their knowledge and skills in how to intensify instructional practices to meet the needs of all students. This training will provide educators with evidence-based instructional designs to accelerate students’ rate of learning.

Presenter: Shannon Harken

 

Session ID: 38166
Day 1: Social and Emotional Learning - A Key Component of Student Success
Seats Filled: 101 / 200
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Social and emotional learning has become a hot topic in education, but what exactly is it? In this workshop, Dr. Nick Yoder will define what SEL is, explain why it is important, and explore some key components of SEL. To do this, Dr. Yoder will provide interactive activities that guide participants through multiple SEL frameworks, and how SEL is embedded throughout their interactions with students and staff. 

  • Understand what social and emotional learning is
  • Identify the research base behind social and emotional learning

Presente: Dr. Nick Yoder


Session ID: 38167
Day 1: Clear Process + Scripted Programs = MTSS that Works!
Seats Filled: 41 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Learn how NC has implemented MTSS. We'll share successes and challenges encountered along the way as we cover details about screening students, program placement and implementation, and data review. 

  • Gain an understanding of one method for MTSS implementation
  • Learn about intervention program options
  • Learn how NC uses data in their MTSS process
  • Observe how engagement strategies are embedded into direct instruction program

Presenter: Northern Cass Public School


Session 6
(Monday, June 11, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM)
Session ID: 38168
Day 1: Foundations for a Responsive Social Emotional Academic Development Plan
Seats Filled: 73 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

The first step in creating SEAD curriculum that is doable, meaningful, enjoyable, and sustainable is to use the social and emotional capacity of the schools staff and students. Focus on strategies for increasing the effectiveness of school SEAD curriculum by emphasizing a differentiated, responsive approach that engages all school stakeholders in the creation process. 

  • Understand the importance of identifying individual staff SEAD strengths and strategies for building capacity
  • Explore through an academic lens an approach to writing authentic student centered and culturally aware advisory and classroom SEAD lessons structured around
    CASEL core competencies
  • Develop understanding of basic structures for the creation of a sustainable yet responsive schoolwide SEAD curriculum

Presenter: Rachael Johnson-Hunt


Session ID: 38169
Day 1: Intensifying Instruction (Part 2)
Seats Filled: 40 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

(Part 2) In order to meet the demands of an MTSS system, educators are asking for assistance in deepening their knowledge and skills in how to intensify instructional practices to meet the needs of all students. This training will provide educators with evidence-based instructional designs to accelerate students’ rate of learning.

Presenter: Shannon Harken


Session ID: 38170
Day 1: Continuous Improvemnt through MTSS - A 3 Yr Journey
Seats Filled: 29 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

This team We will take the audience through the 3 years of MTSS implementation and how they tied it into continuous improvement journey. Academic and behavior will be discussed and an overview will be presented on action steps to start, keep the work going, and the next steps. 

  • Provide a clear picture of creating a team and getting started with the highest leverage work
  • Connect Continuous Improvement and MTSS
  • How to align current initiatives to MTSS
  • Action steps for beginners, middle of the road, and what's next teams

Presenters: Wilton Public School


Session ID: 38171
Day 1: MTSS - Developing your Playbook
Seats Filled: 30 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

We have all experienced the journey of school improvement. MTSS is a part of this journey and this session will show you what Velva Elementary experienced ( the good and bad) while developing and implementing MTSS: Personalize it to YOUR school. It's not one size fits all. 

  • Understand MTSS
  • Know the Essential Components
  • Identify current school strengths
  • Beginning those tough discussions
  • Develop an Action Plan

Presenters: Velva Elementary


Session ID: 38172
Day 1: Accommodations, Modifications & Interventions - Untangling Terms & Clarifying Roles
Seats Filled: 60 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Clarifying the difference between student accommodations, modifications, and interventions will help staff understand how each can play a role in an MTSS system. The session will also address how to think about differences in the intensity of interventions for students in different tiers. 

  • Define the terms and give concrete examples of accommodations, modifications, and interventions and the differences between the terms and services
  • Determine when and where each of these ways of meeting student needs is appropriate
  • Identify the various ways intervention dosage or intensity can vary and how to support a level of intervention likely to have a meaningful impact with the student

Presenters: Dr. Lisa Stewart, Sarah How, Maggie Thoreson


Session 7
(Monday, June 11, 2018 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 38175
Day 1: Serving the W(HOL)E Child - A Holistic Approach to Education
Seats Filled: 60 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Often students face learning barriers beyond teachers' scope of practice which can result in high teacher burnout rates and decrease student achievement. When districts and schools take a holistic approach to education, all stakeholders share ownership in developing the whole child. Pearl-Cohn High School has received national recognition for its' commitment to holistic care through a community schools framework. With a focus on results, participants will hear best practices of a community schools approach, engage in roundtable discussions, and plan next steps. 

  • Explore learning barriers preventing students from being able and ready
    to engage in the educational process
  • Assess current school support staff and wrap around services available in the school and community
  • Prioritize next steps for their school to implement a support and intervention model for teachers and students

Presenter: Tanzye Hill

Session ID: 38179
Day 1: Intensifying Instruction (Part 3)
Seats Filled: 27 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

(Part 3) In order to meet the demands of an MTSS system, educators are asking for assistance in deepening their knowledge and skills in how to intensify instructional practices to meet the needs of all students. This training will provide educators with evidence-based instructional designs to accelerate students’ rate of learning.

Presenter: Shannon Harken


Session ID: 38182
Day 1: Building Your Trauma-Informed System
Seats Filled: 42 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

The Flexible Framework is an organizational tool that enables schools and districts—in collaboration with families, local community organizations, and outside providers—to maintain a whole school focus as they create trauma sensitive schools. This session is intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of the Flexible Framework as a tool for building a trauma-informed system and is most appropriate for those who have completed the professional development curriculum, Trauma Sensitive Schools: A New Perspective on Behavior and Learning. 

  • Understand the components of the Flexible Framework
  • Evaluate current school practices with respect to the components of the Flexible Framework
  • Create a plan for leveraging the strengths and enhancing opportunities for growth with respect to the Flexible Framework in the current school environment

Presenter: Heather Simonich


Session ID: 38183
Day 1: How to Build Your MTSS Infrastructure: Making Your Resources Work for Kids
Seats Filled: 64 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

A discussion and presentation regarding the key components of a well functioning Multi-Tiered System of Supports. These would include school culture, data systems, schedules, instructional materials and spaces, staff resources, professional learning communities, professional development, and who are the best people to make this happen in your school. 

  • Key components of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports infrastructure
  • Practical ideas and resources

Presenters: Mark Everson & Tiffany Nagel


Session ID: 38185
Day 1: MTSS Implementation in a Rural District
Seats Filled: 40 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

The New Salem-Almont School District formed an MTSS Leadership Team that has implemented several initiatives to improve current practices. The administration and staff have committed themselves to creating and providing an environment which affords all students the opportunity to be successful. There is a commitment to NDMTSS and a sense of pride, for the growth it brings to our staff and students. Our teachers are doing the work, while administrators are facilitating and supporting them in all aspects of that work. We have made the decision, as a district, to do what we know is best for our students. Learn about the process, procedures, and strategies that we are currently using to ensure student success. 

  • Understand the culture change it took to create a sense of ownership in MTSS
  • Learn the process we used to start PBIS in our school
  • Learn about the focus on Tier 1 Academic strategies

Presenters: New Salem-Almont Schools


Session 8
(Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Session ID: 38187
Day 2: KEYNOTE - Supporting All Learners through Features of Effective Instruction
Seats Filled: 236 / 400
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

We all are searching for more effective and efficient ways to teach students. Through research, we now know what practices work for most students most of the time. Incorporating the features of effective instruction within teaching and learning can lead to more personalized learning practices and more effective outcomes. This keynote will highlight specific, research-based practices related to the features of effective instruction that can benefit all learners. 

Presenter: Jennifer Wick-Schnakenberg


Session 9
(Tuesday, June 12, 2018 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM)
Session ID: 38188
Day 2: Read-Aloud Routine for Building Vocabulary & Comprehension Skills (Prekindergarten through Grade 3 focus)
Seats Filled: 45 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Well-planned read-alouds have been shown to increase students’ skills in vocabulary and comprehension. In addition, reading aloud to students is a way to model strong, fluent reading. This session will describe the research-based routine for conducting a read-aloud with students in prekindergarten through grade 3.

Presenter: Jennifer Wick-Schnakenberg


Session ID: 38189
Day 2: Embedding SEL into Classroom Practice
Seats Filled: 49 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Consensus is emerging that student development of social and emotional competencies is critical for student success in work, life, and career. Yet, teachers and administrators often mention that they do not have the time to implement social and emotional learning (SEL). In this workshop, Dr. Nick Yoder will discuss ways to integrate SEL into instruction, as well as support adult social and emotional competencies. 

  • Connect social and emotional competencies to academic instruction.
  • Identify practices to embed SEL into instruction.
  • Reflect on adult social and emotional competencies.

Presenter: Dr. Nick Yoder


Session ID: 38190
Day 2: Intro to NDMTSS: Framework and 5 Essential Components
Seats Filled: 41 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Participants will be provided an overview of North Dakota’s Multi-Tier System Of Supports (NDMTSS) and the comprehensive nature of this school improvement framework. 

  • What it is, what it is not
  • What it REALLY takes to fully implement NDMTSS
  • What current strengths are within their system
  • Beginning the decision-making process to explore/determine what are the appropriate next steps based on their data

Presenter: Shannon Harken


Session ID: 38191
Day 2: Increasing Student Engagement- Self-Regulation & Executive Functioning
Seats Filled: 57 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

The session will define self-regulation and executive functioning, two of the guidelines of the UDL principle of Engagement. It will also present a list of appropriate assessments to identify the specific self-regulation and executive function needs of students. These definitions and assessments will assist problem solving teams to design appropriate interventions to increase the engagement of students in need of intensive interventions.

  • Participants will be able to define self-regulation and executive functioning
  • Participants will be able to list appropriate assessments that provide information of the strengths and weaknesses of individual students
  • Participants will be able to write appropriate goals to increase self-regulation and executive functioning skills of individual students

Presenters:Susan Gerenz &  Kevin McDonough


Session ID: 38192
Day 2: Moving the System
Seats Filled: 17 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

This presentation will cover the journey taken in the implementation and evolution of MTSS at Jamestown Public School District. Highlights will be the what, the why, the how and what's coming next. 

  • Recognize and understand the strategies used by the school system to develop pathways to fit the needs of your own school district
  • How the system has evolved through implementation and evaluation
  • How to build capacity with all stakeholders

Presenters: Rob Lech & Brandie Ulland


Session ID: 38193
Day 2: Restorative Practices in Schools
Seats Filled: 23 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Restorative Practices (RP) are a set of diverse ideas and approaches used to build healthy communities, improve school climate, repair harm and restore relationships. These practices--which range from whole school strategies to specific intervention techniques--seek to move from a retributive model of group accountability to a restorative model of accountability. In other words, RP places emphasis on addressing harm and building community and relationships, rather than simply administering punishment. 

  • Provide overview and information regarding the implementation of restorative practices in school systems

Presenters: Joel Friesz & Kelli Adams


Session ID: 38194
Day 2: Beyond Math Computation - Tier 2 Evidence-based Interventions Addressing Mathematical Thinking & Word Problems
Seats Filled: 16 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

This session will provide evidence-based interventions/strategies to teach mathematical concepts, vocabulary and scaffolding necessary for students to successfully master elementary math.

  • Learn about evidence-based interventions and strategies to apply at the Tier 2 level
  • Gain knowledge regarding resources available for mathematical instruction
  • Learn about the latest best practices of math instruction

 Presenter: Mary Dosch


Session 10
(Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM)
Session ID: 38195
Day 2: Background Knowledge & Strong Comprehension Purpose Questions (all grades)
Seats Filled: 31 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Determining importance and relevance in text is a difficult task for many readers. This session will focus on building and activating background knowledge and strategically setting a focus for comprehension through a comprehension purpose question.

Presenter: Jennifer Wick-Schnakenberg


Session ID: 38196
Day 2: Coaching SEL
Seats Filled: 71 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) practices within daily instruction can oftentimes feel daunting. However, encouraging teachers to change their practice requires teachers to consider their beliefs and core values and involves coaching conversations that are designed to encourage their engagement. Through combining SEL practices and critical coaching, participants will learn about and engage with a tool that supports coaches in helping teachers implement practices that support student social, emotional, and academic development. 

  • Understand the The Coaching Cycle in the content domain of SEL
  • Apply an understanding of how to ask critical questions to teachers about how to support student social and emotional skills

Presenter: Dr. Nick Yoder


Session ID: 38197
Day 2: Gradual Release of Responsibility
Seats Filled: 31 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Want to improve student achievement? Have high quality instruction in every classroom! The gradual release of responsibility model of instruction suggests that the cognitive load should shift slowly and purposefully from teacher-as-model, to joint responsibility, to independent practice and application by the learner. Effective instruction follows a progression in which teachers gradually do less of the work and students gradually assume increased responsibility for their learning . Through this process, students become competent, independent learners. This session will focus on how to design lessons using the gradual release of responsibility model of instruction.

  • Be introduced to the 4 phases of the model
  • Learn how assessments guide the lesson design

Presenter: Shannon Harken


Session ID: 38199
Day 2: Accommodations, Modifications & Interventions - Untangling Terms & Clarifying Roles (REPEAT)
Seats Filled: 30 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Clarifying the difference between student accommodations, modifications, and interventions will help staff understand how each can play a role in an MTSS system. The session will also address how to think about differences in the intensity of interventions for students in different tiers.

  • Define the terms and give concrete examples of accommodations, modifications, and interventions and the differences between the terms and services
  • Determine when and where each of these ways of meeting student needs is appropriate
  • Identify the various ways intervention dosage or intensity can vary and how to support a level of intervention likely to have  a meaningful impact with the student

Presenter: Dr. Lisa Stewart, Sarah How, Maggie Thoreson


Session ID: 38205
Day 2: MTSS Implementation in a Rural District (REPEAT)
Seats Filled: 34 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

The New Salem-Almont School District formed an MTSS Leadership Team that has implemented several initiatives to improve current practices. The administration and staff have committed themselves to creating and providing an environment which affords all students the opportunity to be successful. There is a commitment to NDMTSS and a sense of pride, for the growth it brings to our staff and students. Our teachers are doing the work, while administrators are facilitating and supporting them in all aspects of that work. We have made the decision, as a district, to do what we know is best for our students. Learn about the process, procedures, and strategies that we are currently using to ensure student success. 

  • Understand the culture change it took to create a sense of ownership in MTSS
  • Learn the process we used to start PBIS in our school
  • Learn about the focus on Tier 1 Academic strategies

Presenters: New Salem-Almont Schools


Session ID: 38206
Day 2: Restorative Practices in Schools (REPEAT)
Seats Filled: 33 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Restorative Practices (RP) are a set of diverse ideas and approaches used to build healthy communities, improve school climate, repair harm and restore relationships. These practices--which range form whole school strategies to specific intervention techniques--seek to move from a retributive model of group accountability to a restorative model of accountability. In other words, RP places emphasis on addressing harm and building community and relationships, rather than simply administering punishment. 

  • Provide overview and information regarding the implementation of restorative practices in school systems

Presenters: Joel Friesz & Kelli Adams



Session ID: 38207
Day 2: Beyond Math Computation - Tier 2 Evidence-based Interventions Addressing Mathematical Thinking & Word Problems (REPEAT)
Seats Filled: 19 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

This session will provide evidence-based interventions/strategies to teach mathematical concepts, vocabulary and scaffolding necessary for students to successfully master elementary math.

  • Learn about evidence-based interventions and strategies to apply at the Tier 2 level
  • Gain knowledge regarding resources available for mathematical instruction
  • Learn about the latest best practices of math instruction

Presenter: Mary Dosch


Session 11
(Tuesday, June 12, 2018 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 38208
Day 2: Vocabulary and Oral Language Development (all grades)
Seats Filled: 57 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

To deeply understand text, students must have the benefit of explicit vocabulary instruction. This session will explore vocabulary instruction and oral language development and their relationship to comprehension. Participants will walk away with a six-step routine for explicit vocabulary instruction within a before-, during-, and after-reading model and hands-on activities that can be implemented in the classroom.

Presenter: Jennifer Wick-Schnakenberg


Session ID: 38209
Day 2: Improving Student Success Through Application of the NDMTSS SEL Goals & Scales
Seats Filled: 65 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Focused on the 5 core competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making) of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as defined by the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the NDMTSS SEL Goals and Scales were designed for ND educators by ND educators! This session is intended to introduce educators to the recently released NDMTSS SEL Goals and Scales as a framework to guide to explicit instruction of SEL skills, navigate selection of evidence-based programs and curriculum, steer professional learning within ND and assess knowledge and skills in a sequential manner.

  • Understand the purpose of SEL goals and scales
  • Evaluate strategies for integrating SEL goals and scales into current practice
  • Create a plan for explicitly integrating NDMTSS SEL Learning Goals and Scales to instructional practices

Presenters: Lyndsi Engstrom, Keely Ihry & Erin


Session ID: 38210
Day 2: NDMTSS - What does it look like in a Secondary Level?
Seats Filled: 32 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

At all levels within a district, North Dakota’s Multi-Tier System of Supports (NDMTSS) is a framework to provide all students with the best opportunities to succeed academically and behaviorally in school. NDMTSS focuses on providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals. Data are used to allocate resources to improve student learning and support staff implementation of effective practices.

  • Participants will receive descriptions and examples of Secondary tools in each of the 5 Essential Components of NDMTSS: 1) Assessments, 2)Data-Based Decision Making, 3)Multi-level instruction, 4)Infrastructure and Support Mechanisms and 5) Fidelity and Evaluation
  • Participants will be provided time to assess current practices and plan for next steps

Presenter: Shannon Harken


Session ID: 38211
Day 2: Academic Progress Monitoring Tools: Untangling the Acronyms, Tests & Supports
Seats Filled: 36 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

This session will provide an overview of many of the web-based academic progress monitoring tools available. The primary focus will be on the Curriculum-Based Measurement type tools: AIMSwebPlus, FASTBridge, DIBELSNext, EasyCBM, etc. Computer adaptive tests such as NWEA MAP and STAR will also be discussed briefly. Discussion will focus on the technical and practical pros/cons of the tests and the systems that support them.

  • Identify the similarities and differences in the academic progress monitoring tools available
  • Discuss the technical and practical pros/cons of the tests and the systems that support them
  • Reflect on how these tools can be best used to increase data based decision making and what can hinder their use

Presenter: Lisa Stewart


Session ID: 38212
Day 2: Continous Improvement Through MTSS - 3 Year Journey (REPEAT)
Seats Filled: 21 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

We will take the audience through the 3 years of MTSS implementation and how we tied it into continuous improvement journey. We will discuss both academic and behavior and give an overview as well as action steps on how to get started, keep the work going, and our next steps.

  • Provide a clear picture of creating a team and getting started with the highest leverage work  
  • Connect Continuous Improvement and MTSS
  • How to align current initiatives to MTSS
  • Action steps for beginners, middle of the road, and what's next teams

Presenters: Wilton Public School


Session ID: 38213
Day 2: Essential Components of High Quality FBAs & BIPs
Seats Filled: 28 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Presenters will take participants through the critical features of high quality functional behavioral assessments and positive behavior support plans based on the TATE (Technical Adequacy Tool for Evaluation).  Prevention strategies, teaching strategies, and reinforcement strategies will be discussed and the technical requirements to link an FBA to a BIP in order to increase effectiveness will be emphasized.

  • Learn the key components of a high-quality tier 3 Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • Learn the key components of a high-quality tier 3 Positive Behavior Support Plan
  • Understand the importance of prevention and teaching strategies when structuring supports for students with intensive behavioral needs

Presenters: Britney Bachmeier & Dawn Miller


Session ID: 38219
Day 2: Sustaining the System - Secondary MTSS
Seats Filled: 7 / 100
Location:Holiday Inn - Fargo, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

So, your system is up and running. Come join our conversation to maintain "buy in". The session will look at micro-level strategies to maintain a high-functioning, multi-tiered system of support.

  • Understand and evaluation the key features of effective functional behavioral assessments
  • Understand and evaluate the key features of effective positive behavior support plans
  • Practice rating examples of FBAs and PBSPs to review
  • Discuss research and best practices in understanding how to meet the needs of tier 3 students with behavioral challenges

Presenters: Holly Ripley & Shannon Mortrud


Session 12
(Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Session ID: 38215
Day 3: KEYNOTE - Supporting Mental Health in PBIS - Using an Integrated Systems Framework
Seats Filled: 199 / 400
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

As schools struggle to address the social, emotional and mental health needs of students, they often see their mental health agendas and behavior interventions and supports agenda as competing for priority and resources. However, one approach, Integrated Systems Framework (ISF), has been working to align and integrate mental health supports and PBIS in districts and schools. This presentation will discuss the key themes of a school mental health approach that align with PBIS and discuss 6 key ISF implementation domains to embed and align MH and PBIS systems approaches. These 6 key domains include: Preventative SWPBIS, teaming, cross training and planning, family and youth engagement, intervention selection, implementation and progress monitoring and data-based problem solving. Additional tools and resources for training, progress monitoring and coaching and problem-solving will be shared.

Presenter: Don Kincaid


Session 13
(Wednesday, June 13, 2018 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM)
Session ID: 38216
Day 3: Introduction to Tier 1 PBIS
Seats Filled: 32 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

This presentation will provide an overview of the ten basic components of Tier 1 School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.  Participants will learn the process for forming a team to develop a school-wide PBS plan and will complete an initial checklist to determine which components are or are not in place within their school.

Presenter: Don Kincaid


Session ID: 38217
Day 3: Mandated Reporting 101
Seats Filled: 24 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Mandated Reporting 101 - “I don’t know if I should get involved; I don’t want to make things worse; I'm sure that the counselor will take care of it…” Have you ever wondered what you are actually required to report to social services, who can see the information, and what are the repercussions if you don’t report? As we know, teachers are mandated reporters. Find out what this means for teachers and other school personnel in this session with a licensed social worker.

  • The types of abuse & neglect
  • Who is a mandated reporter
  • How to report & who to report to
  • When to report & when not to report

Presenter: Michelle Irmen


Session ID: 38218
Day 3: Struggling Readers for Elementary
Seats Filled: 36 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Participants will learn a process to diagnose student reading needs and how to match those needs with appropriate instructional strategies. This course is intended for classroom teachers, reading teachers, Title One teachers, special education teachers, literacy coaches and administrators who are interested in "digging deeper" into the instructional needs of struggling readers.

  • Participants will review the  5 Big Ideas of reading
  • Participants will receive knowledge of how to assess the 5 big ideas of reading
  • Participants will receive instructional strategies to assist struggling students based on assessment data

Presenter: Shannon Harken


Session ID: 38220
Day 3: Innovative Social Emotional Interventions
Seats Filled: 50 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Northern Cass will share its journey on creating a social emotional learning pathway. They will share information on partnerships with The Village and North Dakota State University. Through purposeful partnerships and planning, Northern Cass has created a pathway which allows for educating the whole student.

  • Participants will be able to identify key partnership necessary for developing a social emotional learning pathway
  • Participants will be able to identify key elements for developing a successful partnership

Presenters: Northern Cass School District: Ashley Krinke & Keira Oscarson


Session ID: 38221
Day 3: MTSS - Skills Based Leveled Reading Groups
Seats Filled: 25 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

At Oakes Elementary School we use our constant stream of data (interim, formative, summative, formal, informal) to make programming decisions for each student. In order to provide the best instruction possible, we made the decision two years ago to group our children according to skill level in both reading and math in grades K-6. This programming design allows us to provide a tighter instruction band for our teachers and it also allows us to provide replacement reading instruction without having to find time from other content areas. All decisions are data-based which allows us to ensure that we are making sound decisions for all.

  • Participants will have an understanding of the Oakes Elementary Reading MTSS program
  • should be able to return to their school and be able to begin planning and implementing leveled instructional groups

Presenters: Oakes Elementary


Session ID: 38222
Day 3: Five Components of an Effective Intervention
Seats Filled: 34 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Many interventions promise strong results, but do they have the necessary components of an effective intervention? In this session, we provide an in-depth explanation of the five components of an effective intervention and share how they are supported by research. We demonstrate each component using reading intervention examples so that participants understand why they are critical for ensuring student learning. Having knowledge of the effective intervention components provides educators with the tools to determine appropriate and effective pathways for student success. Participants will receive resources to guide them in implementing interventions that include all five components of an effective intervention.

Presenter: Maureen Burke


Session 14
(Wednesday, June 13, 2018 10:50 AM - 12:20 PM)
Session ID: 38223
Day 3: Moving to Tier 2 & 3 PBIS
Seats Filled: 43 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

This presentation will provide participants with information to determine if they are ready to start Tier 2 including: 1) providing an overview of Tier 2, 2) determining if they have Tier 1 in place, 3) understanding what they need to do to get ready, 4) assessing what they have in place now, and 5) developing a team. Then participants will learn about critical components of Tier 2 that includes identification of students, evidence-based practices, databased problem solving and evaluation. Participants will also learn about Tier 3 systems components to improve their current Tier 3 PBIS supports.

Presenter: Don Kincaid


Session ID: 38224
Day 3: Social Skills through LEGO® Club
Seats Filled: 22 / 40
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Social Skills through LEGO® Club - Many students struggle with social skills. Teachers, in turn, face the struggle of finding ways to teach social skills to students in a way in which they will buy in. Learn about a unique way to use LEGOs to engage students in gaining meaningful social skills that they can transfer to real-life situations.

  • You will have an understanding of: 
    - What LEGO® Club is 
    - How to utilize it in the small group setting
    - Who to use it with
  • You will be able to bring LEGO® Club back to your school & feel comfortable implementing it

Presenter: Michelle Irmen


Session ID: 38225
Day 3: Diagnosing Needs of Struggling Readers, Secondary Level
Seats Filled: 23 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Participants will learn a process to diagnose student reading needs and how to match those needs with appropriate instructional strategies. This course is intended for classroom teachers, ELA teachers, special education teachers, literacy coaches and administrators who are interested in "digging deeper" into the instructional needs of struggling readers.

  • Participants will review the  5 Big Ideas of reading.
  • Participants will receive knowledge of how to dig deeper into the enabling skills of learning to read
  • Participants will receive instructional strategies to assist struggling students based on assessment data

Presenter: Shannon Harken


Session ID: 38226
Day 3: Essential Components of High Quality FBAs & BIP3 (REPEAT)
Seats Filled: 17 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Presenters will take participants through the critical features of high quality functional behavioral assessments and positive behavior support plans based on the TATE (Technical Adequacy Tool for Evaluation).  Prevention strategies, teaching strategies, and reinforcement strategies will be discussed and the technical requirements to link an FBA to a BIP in order to increase effectiveness will be emphasized.

  • Learn the key components of a high-quality tier 3 Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • Learn the key components of a high-quality tier 3 Positive Behavior Support Plan
  • Understand the importance of prevention and teaching strategies when structuring supports for students with intensive behavioral needs

Presenters: Britney Bachmeier & Dawn Miller


Session ID: 38227
Day 3: NDDPI Guidelines for Serving Students with Specific Learning Disabilities in Educational Settings
Seats Filled: 16 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

A review of the NDDPI Guidelines for Service Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) in Educational Settings will take place. A comparison of the Discrepancy Model and the Response to Intervention model will be shared and will cover the referral and evaluation process for students suspected of having a SLD. Finally, determining SLD and Eligibility for Special Education using both models will be discussed.

  • Define Specific Learning Disability
  • Note the differences in the Discrepancy Model and the Response to Intervention Model
  • Understand how to use both models during the referral and evaluation process to determine a SLD and Eligibility for Special Education

Presenter: Lea Kugel


Session ID: 38228
Day 3: Creating a Culture for Collaboration
Seats Filled: 53 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Over the past two years New Salem-Almont has been focused on creating a positive culture. This culture has led to ongoing collaboration. This session will focus on the path New Salem-Almont Public Schools has taken to create this environment and where it’s taking them next.

  • Learn some specific strategies you can use to create a positive work environment
  • Learn strategies that promote collaboration

Presenter: Andrew Jordan

 


Session ID: 38229
Day 3: Five Components of an Effective Intervention (REPEAT)
Seats Filled: 33 / 100
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:
Many interventions promise strong results, but do they have the necessary components of an effective intervention? In this session, we provide an in-depth explanation of the five components of an effective intervention and share how they are supported by research. We demonstrate each component using reading intervention examples so that participants understand why they are critical for ensuring student learning. Having knowledge of the effective intervention components provides educators with the tools to determine appropriate and effective pathways for student success. Participants will receive resources to guide them in implementing interventions that include all five components of an effective intervention.

Presenter: Maureen Burke
Session 15
(Wednesday, June 13, 2018 12:20 PM - 1:30 PM)
Session ID: 38230
Day 3: Working Lunch - Using the SAND to Evaluate Overall MTSS in Your School
Seats Filled: 172 / 400
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:

Don Kincaid & Shannon Harken will present during our lunch break.

 


Session 16
(Wednesday, June 13, 2018 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM)
Session ID: 38231
Day 3: Team Action Planning
Seats Filled: 167 / 400
Location:Hotel, Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, 58103, To Be Determined



Important Breakout Information:
School teams gather to review, assess and make MTSS plans for their school districts.


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