Building Protective Factors for Yourself and the School Community: The School Leader Series

Building Protective Factors for Yourself and the School Community: The School Leader Series

School Leader

This series is brought to you by Sound Supports, LLC, Northwest PBIS Network, and the Association of Washington School Principals in partnership with the school mental health supplement to the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.


The School Leader Series is part of The Well-Being Series - Connections During COVID-19: Mental Wellness Webinars for Families and Educators. Click here to learn more about our series of webinars for kids, parents, and educators, focusing on mental wellness and suicide prevention.


About the Series:

This webinar series is focused on the role of the school leader in creating and maintaining a positive climate and culture virtually during the global pandemic and in the building upon the return to school. We know these are challenging times and want to provide information you can use immediately and to use for the plans to return to school as part of your MTSS framework. The series is broken into three 90-minute sessions on three separate dates. *Please note that the last session is a chance to get your questions addressed LIVE!


Part 1: (April 30th) Here and Now: Understanding Trauma and Steps to Take Today with your Staff

Part 2: (May 14th) Re-entry: Planning Ahead for Coming Back Together 

Part 3: (June 4th) Discussion: LIVE Q&A with series presenters and guest school leaders

Series Objectives:

  • Describe how trauma/extreme stress impacts our ability to learn, and executive functioning skills
  • Identify guiding ideas, and concrete steps, school leaders can take to support teachers, families, and themselves emotionally
  • Identify how the core features of MTSS, including systems, practices, and data, can be shaped to address build protective factors for the school community now.
  • Identify how the core features of MTSS, including systems, practices, and data, can be shaped to address build protective factors for the school community once your students are back in the building.

      *Clock hours are provided for all 3 events.

"The guidance on the student perspective is so helpful in a time like this where it is unprecedented for all of us. In a school, counselors are used to being able to help others but are now in that same boat - figuring things out for our own families at the same time we are trying to help our students. So - thank you so much for the series."

*Quote from Tammy Wicker, School Counselor at Pierce Elementary.

About the Presenters:

Photo of Lori LynassDr. Lori Lynass is the Owner and Executive Director of Sound Supports whose mission is to support every student and every school through the use of a Multi-tiered framework. Dr. Lynass has over 22 years of experience in the field of education and has worked directly with over 100 schools, 100 districts and 4 state departments of education on their implementation of academic and behavioral systems. Previously Dr. Lynass has been the Executive Director of Northwest PBIS and a research scientist at the University of Washington. Dr. Lynass has also overseen and coordinated grants related to academic and behavioral Multi-tiered Systems of Supports in schools and actively disseminates through presentations and publications. Dr. Lynass has also taught courses as an adjunct professor for the University of Washington, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University.


Photo of CherCher Anderton, MSW, LSWAIC is a mental health therapist, MTSS-B/PBIS coach, Trauma Informed Practices consultant, Positive Discipline parent educator and former elementary school counselor. In short, Cher loves working with adults to grow their skill set and improve resilience and sustainability in heart-center fields of work and life. Cher has a BA in History and a Masters in Social Work from Boston University.





Photo of Jessica Swain BradwayDr. Jessica Swain-Bradway is the Executive Director for Northwest PBIS Network. Her work in school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SW-PBIS) and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) focuses on equipping teachers with high leverage strategies for instruction, relationship-building, and designing effective learning environments. She has extensive experience supporting districts and states to build capacity for PBIS implementation and working across agencies to maximize resources for developing the organizational health of the school environment. Dr. Swain-Bradway also has expertise aligning restorative practices, mental health practices, including trauma informed care, and academic RtI into the SWPBIS framework.



Photo of Kurt HatchKurt Hatch M.Ed. A former teacher, instructional coach and award-winning principal, Kurt Hatch has served as a leader in a variety of systems including Puyallup, Kent, University Place, North Thurston and Shanghai, China.  Currently based out of Olympia, Kurt serves as Associate Director at the Association of Washington School Principals.  His work includes policy analysis, advocacy, leading the Mastering Principal Leadership Network and facilitating professional learning on topics such as: Systems Improvement; Distributed Leadership; and Equity, Bias and Race. Kurt also mentors early-career principals and trains school leaders on the implementation of a school-wide student support system that has helped recapture thousands of hours of instructional time, increase teacher efficacy and eliminate the use of suspensions.


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