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Learning Supports Conference - PBIS and Mental Health

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Type Remaining End Quantity
Implementing PBIS: Real Stories 4/23 Elementary 1 Ticket Ended Free  
Implementing PBIS: Real Stories 4/23 Secondary 40 Tickets Ended Free  
Check and Connect Room 1 4/23 and 4/24 Sold Out Ended Free  
Check and Connect Room 2 4/23 and 4/24 2 Tickets Ended Free  
Wraparound 4/23 and 4/24 48 Tickets Ended Free  
Mental Health: MH First Aid Training Room 1 4/23 1 Ticket Ended Free  
Mental Health: MH First Aid Training Room 2 4/23 23 Tickets Ended Free  
Implementing PBIS: Real Stories 4/24 48 Tickets Ended Free  
Meeting the Needs of All Students 4/24 26 Tickets Ended Free  
Mental Health: "Creating Emotional Safety" 4/24 32 Tickets Ended Free  

Event Details

April 23

PBIS Strand 1 - Implementing PBIS - Real Stories: Elementary

Join North Hill and Grimes (Burlington), Prairie Trail (Ankeny), Cascade (West Dubuque) and Clear Creek (Clear Lake) Elementaries as they share their implementation systems and practices including acknowledgement, staff buy-in, effective teaming, and their experiences developing supports for Tiers 1, 2 and 3. Clear Creek will be specifically sharing how the Wraparound process has been implemented with students, parents and community partners.   (Limited to 100 participants)

PBIS Strand 2 - Implementing PBIS - Real Stories: Secondary

Keokuk HS (Burlington), South Tama MS (S. Tama), Bunger MS (Waterloo) and Robert Blue (Eagle Grove) will share their experiences as they planned and prepared for implementation, developed targeted supports and interventions to support their secondary level students, and improved student outcomes. These presentations include strategies for Tiers 1 and 2. (Limited to 100 participants)

PBIS Strand 3 - Wraparound: An Intensive Tier 3 Support


Wraparound  focuses on connecting families, schools, and community partners in effective problem solving relationships. Unique implementation features include (a) family and youth voice guide the design and actions of the team; (b) team composition and strategies reflect unique youth and family strengths and needs; (c) the team establishes the commitment and capacity to design and implement a comprehensive plan over time; and (d) the plan addresses outcomes across home, school, and community through one synchronized plan. This is a 2 day training, with additional training to occur in the fall and technical assistance provided throughout the year. Participants must attend April 23rd and 24th. Wraparound participants are requested to have a student in mind and bring data for that student who may need intensive supports.  (Limited to 10 teams with up to 5 participants. 15 seats are reserved for coaches and trainers who would like to learn more about Wraparound) Presenters: Julie Nadrchal, Brenda Gerdes, Dea Ellen Birtwistle, Becky Halbur

PBIS Strand 4 - Check and Connect



Check and Connect is a student engagement intervention that focuses on keeping students in school and engaged with learning.  It is comprised of 4 components which include a mentor, regular checks, timely interventions and engagement with families. There are two rooms reserved for this training with a maximum of 30 participants per room.  Two to three team members can attend one session. Participants must attend April 23rd and 24th. Presenters: Eileen Klemm, University of Minnesota and Iowa PBIS Trainers

Mental Health Strand 1 - Mental Health First Aid

How should I respond when someone with a mental health concern needs help? Will I say or do the wrong thing? This evidence-based interactive course will present an overview of mental health disorders, build an understanding of the impact, and identify risk factors and warning signs. Commonly used treatments will also be discussed. Participants will learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis. At the end of this workshop, participants will be certified as Mental Health First Aiders. There are two rooms reserved for this training with a maximum of 35 participants per room. (Please note this session ends at 5 p.m. and only a half hour will be provided for the on-site lunch.) Presenters: Laura Larkin and Karen Hyatt, Iowa Department of Human Services, Mental Health and Disability Services Division.

April 24

PBIS Strand 5 - Implementing PBIS - Real Stories: Elementary

Three elementary schools: Farley (West Dubuque), Neil Armstrong (Bettendorf) and Roosevelt (Mason City) will share their experiences and covering topics such as challenges and barriers to implementation, reducing problem behavior while increasing academic achievement and a whole "smorgasbord " of behavior facts, tips, strategies and interventions These presentations include strategies and interventions for Tiers 1 and 2. (Limited to 100 participants)

PBIS Strand 6 - Meeting the Needs of All Students

Developing a program for youth who need the most intensive supports has had its challenges and rewards.  Henry Shepard, Marcus Brewer and Bradley Hamlyn from Expo Alternative in Waterloo will share their experiences and how the focus on developing positive relationships has benefited their students. Brianna Sayer Geiser will focus on teaching social skill strategies for our Prek-grade 3 students.  An overview on Early Childhood PBIS Module 2 Targeted social skills will be provided.  Participants will come away with an understanding of emotional vocabulary, how to develop and embed to develop friendship skills throughout the day, emotional literacy and problem solving techniques. "No Tears Through the Tiers" will be presented by Mark Twain Elementary (Bettendorf) and will focus on supports for students across the continuum, including BIP/FBA's. (Limited to 100 participants)

Mental Health Strand 2 - "Creating Emotional Safety"

Part 1: Update on Children’s Mental Health: What’s Different Now?"

Intended Audience: Classroom teachers, Special Educators, AEA support staff, school counselors, administrators. The children’s mental health re-design has been an ongoing effort. Laura will update participants on the changes in serving school-age youth in Iowa’s mental health system and let us know what changes are ahead. Presenter: Laura Larkin, Iowa Department of Human Services

Part 2: Creating Emotional Safety in the Classroom  

It is estimated that approximately one in five school-age children experience mental health concerns and are in need of intervention. In the classroom, how do teachers effectively work with these high-risk youth while still providing for the needs of the entire class? This workshop will increase our understanding of why a student may become anxious or disruptive. Strategies to create emotional safety and to reduce the likelihood of these negative behaviors will be emphasized. In addition, ways to help students calm down and regain control will be presented. Presenter: Lynda O’Meara, Consultant, Des Moines Public Schools     This strand is limited to 100 participants.      



 Special features: 

April 23rd   PBIS VIDEO-FEST featuring teaching videos created by Iowa and national schools.

April 24th share in the celebration of our award winning schools during the SCHOOL RECOGNITION AWARDS at the closing of the conference.





























When & Where

Holiday Inn Airport
6111 Fleur Dr
Des Moines, IA 50321
Room Block available under Dept. of Education Request conference rate.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:30 AM - Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM (CDT)

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