NWPBIS Summer Institute


NWPBIS Summer Institute

The NWPBIS Network, Sound Supports, and Inua Group are joining together to bring you a quality day of webinars with content around adapting systems to respond to the current and changing school environments. This event is sponsored in part by the school mental health supplement to the Northwest MHTTC.

About the Event:

Join us on August 13th for a morning, or afternoon session, or the entire day!

  • Morning Sessions: 9:00 - 11:00am (PST)
  • Afternoon Sessions: 1:00 - 3:00pm (PST)

>> Register here!


This one day Summer Institute is focused on mental health supports for students & staff. Join us for sessions on mental health, returning to school, SEL, Tier 2 distance-learning supports, and more. Susan Barrett, from the National PBIS TA Center, is our guest speaker with an Introduction on Mental Health in PBIS.


>> Clock hours will be offered through the NWPBIS Network, each session earns 1.5 hours.

>> Recorded webinars will be available for purchase after the event. 


Webinar session subjects include:

  • Relaunching Schools
  • Supporting Student Engagement & Success
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
  • Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) 
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Tier 2 Intervention


Schedule August 13, 2020

Session 1: Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) 

9:00 am-11:00 am PT


Presented by Susan Barrett

The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) is a structure and process to integrate Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and School Mental Health within school systems. Using the PBIS/MTSS framework, The goal is to blend resources, training, systems, data, and practices in order to improve outcomes for all children and youth. There is an emphasis on prevention, early identification, and intervention of the social, emotional, and behavior needs of students. Family and community partner involvement is critical to this framework.

Session 2: Supporting Student Engagement & Success: Integrating Trauma Informed Practices with Classroom-based PBIS Strategies

9:00 am-11:00 am PT


Presented by Cher Anderton, MSW and Bridget Walker, PhD

Returning to school will be a significant event for teachers, students and families in the wake of the COVID Pandemic. Trauma informed practices and PBIS provide powerful frameworks and strategies to help us implement classroom systems that better meet the needs of students, teachers and families who have experienced adverse events and chronic stress during this challenging time. This session will explore how trauma impacts us as human beings and as professionals. We will then identify specific strategies and practices grounded in these frameworks that teachers can use to enhance their classroom systems to maximize the engagement and success of all students in the fall.

Session 3: Embedding SEL in Academics: In Person or Virtually

9:00 am-11:00 am PT


Presented by Carol Frodge, M.Ed.

Students need opportunities to practice their Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills throughout their academic learning. Creating academic instruction opportunities that target building SEL skills is essential. Don’t leave it to chance! In addition to reviewing the overall framework for SEL skills, this workshop will lead participants through a few (2-3) different academic strategies that can be used to target specific SEL skills during academic instruction.

Session 4: Relaunching Schools After Covid-19

1:00 pm-3:00 pm PT


Presented by Lori Lynass, Ed.D. and Cher Anderton

We all know that the disruption to schools and the lives of staff and students will have an extraordinary impact, so how do we help provide a smooth return to school next year? In this webinar we will cover the systems and practices that schools should consider putting into place, conceptualized within a MTSS framework. We will provide a sample 6 week outline for a strong start and also discuss how to create a similar strong start should school start virtually for you next year.

Session 5: Academic Seminar: A Tier 2 Intervention for Middle and High Schools

1:00 pm-3:00 pm PT 


Presented by Jessica Swain-Bradway, Ph.D.

Student’s use of academic self-management skills could not be a more pressing need as we all work to support distance learning. Academic Seminar is a 45-minute daily class designed to address work avoidance behaviors for middle and high school students at risk of poor school outcomes. The curriculum targets teaching, practicing and reinforcing organizational, self-management, and self-advocacy skills.

Session 6Incorporating Mental Health into MTSS

1:00 pm-3:00 pm PT


Presented by Bella Bikowsky, Ph.D. and Maggie Schulze, Ph.D.

This presentation focuses on building awareness around the common mental health challenges in the school setting including anxiety, depression, and executive functioning challenges that impact the learning of students. Interventions will be shared to address these challenges within the MTSS framework as well as data tracking and progress monitoring practices. Learners will walk with a foundational understanding of these mental health challenges listed above, how these challenges impact the schoolhouse on a daily basis, and how to address them using evidenced based practices that are functional and efficient within the MTSS structure.


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