This event is part of the UW SMART Center's 2023 Virtual Speaker Series. Learn more about the series here.
Doing the work! Ensuring Equity and Cultural Responsiveness in Urban Implementation within the MTSS framework
Equity and student mental health needs must be considered when utilizing the Multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework. Doing the work requires educators to be aware of inequities within data and the present mental health needs of the students they serve. Intentionally connecting all available information when making decisions is key to successful implementation of tiered systems. This presentation will address the need to incorporate equitable and culturally responsive practices when implementing systems to support students.
- Explain the importance of educating the educator on student mental health.
- Discuss the importance of disaggregating data for disparity.
- State the importance of involving stakeholders in making decisions to action plan.
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About the Presenters:
Tynara Blount, M.S
Director of Culturally Responsive Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
at The School District of Philadelphia
Tynara Blount is the Director of Culturally Responsive Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (CR-PBIS) for the School District of Philadelphia. In this role, Tynara leads a team of 20 district-level CR-PBIS coaches who support over 100 public schools in their implementation of CR-PBIS. Her post graduate career began in the Criminal Justice system where she also volunteered to teach students at a local high school the techniques required to debate a court case. It was this experience with students that inspired her to enter the education field. Fully committed to students, teachers, and leaders, Tynara has dedicated the past 19 years to education to ensure equity and belonging are central to our collective work. Her past experiences include working as a School Transformational Facilitator at Johns Hopkins University. She also brings a wealth of knowledge from her tenure as a Director of Education, high school advanced placement teacher, District CR-PBIS Coach, Lead CR-PBIS Coach, and Assistant Director of CR-PBIS. Tynara earned a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Communications from West Chester University and a MS in Criminal Justice Administration from St. Joseph's University. She is a loving mother and a wife, happily married to her husband of nine years. Tynara is a champion and community-centered leader, committed to the daily support of ensuring schools work collaboratively with students, families and community members.
Tianna Bilal, M.S
Assistant Director of Culturally Responsive PBIS at The School District of Philadelphia
Tianna Bilal has been working in the education field for the past seven years. Prior to working in education, she spent 15 years working in the substance use/mental health field in various roles. Tianna attended The Pennsylvania State University, where she received her undergraduate degree in 2003, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Master’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2013. Tianna currently works as the Assistant Director for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) for the School District of Philadelphia. In this role, she supports the implementation of PBIS in over 100 District schools.
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