Behavior Webinars (Archived)
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Restorative Practices in Vermont Schools (3/8/18) Restorative practices are currently being introduced in schools all over Vermont and the country as an alternative to traditional punishment and as a way to build healthier, stronger learning communities. Restorative practices are a set of practices and principles that include: Restorative Circles for community building and conflict resolution; Restorative dialogue for addressing disruptive behavior in an equitable, productive way; Restorative Conferences to respond to harm done in the school, providing opportunity for repair and restoration back into the community. All practices focus on the power of belonging, voice and safety when it comes to changing behaviors and creating a safer, stronger learning community.
Restorative Practices have been shown to improve school climate, decrease bullying, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Restorative practices can increase social capital, class engagement, student respect for teachers and conflict resolution skills. During this webinar, we will examine how restorative practices can be implemented in the classroom to build relationships, heal harm, resolve conflicts, restore the situation for the affected party and create learning opportunities. Presenters: Lindsey Halman – Middle Level Educator – Essex Middle School and Annie O’Shaughnessy, M.Ed. – High School and Post-Secondary Educator, Consultant and Trainer. View Power Point
What Families Need to Know About Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (12/7/16). As a parent, you know how important a safe and effective school environment is to your child’s learning. In 2007, Vermont began implementing a nationally-recognized program called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Currently, 48% (143) of Vermont schools are implementing PBIS in 91% (52) of Supervisory Unions/Supervisory Districts. PBIS supports all students across all school environments, including the lunchroom and playground. At a PBIS school, teachers, administrators, counselors, and family members work together to positively teach and support behavior expectations at school. Join us for this webinar to learn about PBIS including the tiers of intervention, how you can be involved, and where you can find more information. Presenter: Amy Wheeler-Sutton, Training and Development Coordinator, VTPBiS State Leadership Team. View PowerPoint.
What Do I Do Now? Strategies to De-Escalate Challenging Behaviors that can Lead to Crisis (2/18/15). This webinar will provide useful adult responses that can help prevent and manage acting-out behaviors to avoid crises. Included will be strategies for managing your own feelings and behavior when caring for children with behavioral challenges. Presenter: Sherry Schoenberg, MA, is the Vermont BEST/PBIS Project Coordinator, located at UVM’s CDCI, and has been a member of the BEST Team for 19 years. View PowerPoint.
Anyone Can Punish, but Can You Reinforce? Solving Behavior Problems… (8/20/14). Punishment stops behavior, but brings with it limitations and a significant downside, particularly for individuals with disabilities. Reinforcement builds behavior, and, put to good use, can provide a lasting antidote to challenging behavior. This webinar will suggest problem-solving questions that go beyond functional behavioral assessment to help you come up with solutions that go to the heart of the matter. Examples will be discussed and ample time will be devoted to questions. Presenter: David Powsner M.Ed. BCBA. David, a behavior analyst with 35 years of problem-solving experience, is the director of SD Associates LLC, a behavioral services company serving Vermont, the upper valley region of New Hampshire and western Massachusetts. View PowerPoint.
Getting Wraparound and Not the Runaround (5/21/14). Wraparound is a planning process designed to help families reach their goals and support their children to be safe and successful in their homes, schools, and communities. Introduced in the 1980s, Vermont was one of the first states to use this approach to support families. Since then there has been tremendous growth nationally in our understanding of what makes wraparound effective. Unfortunately, because it’s a flexible approach some teams are called “wraparound” but don’t live up to the principles and recommended process, and at worst might just be giving folks the runaround. In this webinar, Jesse Suter will share the latest information on what wraparound is, what it’s not, how it’s effective, and share ideas for how families can help make sure they’re getting wraparound and not the runaround. Presenter: Dr. Jesse C. Suter is a faculty member at the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion at the University of Vermont. His projects and research focus on wraparound and related interdisciplinary school and community-based interventions for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. View PowerPoint.
Practical Functional Behavioral Analysis – Part Two (4/9/14). Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) has been established as a systematic, evidence-based process for assessing the relationship between a behavior and the context in which that behavior occurs. The primary goal of FBA is to guide in the development of an effective positive Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP). Interventions based on an FBA have been shown to result in significant changes in student behavior. Presenters suggest that you listen to FBA Part 1 before participating in this webinar. Presenters: Tracy Harris, Coordinator for the Prevention and Intervention of Challenging Behaviors in Schools, Vermont Agency of Education, and Ken Kramberg, a member of the BEST Team and one of a few internationally recognized Master Trainers in Life Space Crisis Intervention. View PowerPoint.
Practical Functional Behavioral Assessment – Part One (2/5/14). Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) has been established as a systematic, evidence-based process for assessing the relationship between a behavior and the context in which that behavior occurs. The primary goal of FBA is to guide in the development of an effective positive Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP). Interventions based on an FBA have been shown to result in significant changes in student behavior for students with mild to moderate problem behaviors. This webinar is designed for a variety of individuals (parents, parent advocates, related service providers, etc.) with the training that is advisable for ALL members of a school faculty to have in terms of defining and understanding behavior from a functional point of view. This training will allow participants to come to the table and to participate fully and from an informed point of view in the development of an FBA. A follow-up webinar will be held to provide training in the development of BIPs. Presenters: Tracy Harris, Coordinator for the Prevention and Intervention of Challenging Behaviors in Schools, Vermont Agency of Education, and Ken Kramberg, a member of the BEST Team. View PowerPoint.
Using PBiS at Home to Improve Family Life (6/12/13). Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBiS) is a research-based, school-wide system of discipline. Thousands of schools in the U.S. successfully use PBiS including 33% of K-12 schools in Vermont. PBiS is not just for schools! Many parents are using the same ideas to create a better environment for the entire family. If you use positive parenting techniques and want to share your success stories, or want to learn how to get started, please join this webinar to connect with other parents. Presenters from the Vermont Family Network: Janice Sabett, Family Support Consultant and Laurel Sanborn, Family Resource Coordinator. View PowerPoint.
Avoiding the School to Prison Pipeline: Children with Disabilities and Juvenile Justice in Vermont (12/6/12). Many children with behavioral disabilities find themselves in trouble with the law. We will discuss how the juvenile justice system addresses disability-related behaviors, and investigate strategies and responses when children encounter the system. Presenter: Sam Abel-Palmer, Attorney with Vermont Legal Aid, Disability Law Project
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