2024 Speaker Series Presents: Comprehensive Universal Screening: A Statewide Approach | Recording

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This event is part of the UW SMART Center's 2024 Virtual Speaker Series. Learn more and register for upcoming events in the series here. 

School Mental Health through a Multi-tiered System Framework

Enhance your screening system by hearing from experts from the field. A new version of the Washington OSPI Model School District Screening Plan for recognition, initial screening, and response to emotional or behavioral distress in students will be discussed and shared. A Washington School District will provide examples of universal Social Emotional Behavioral screening efforts, policies, and systems. 


  • Review systematic screening, including a brief intro on what it is and why it’s important.
  • Review systematic screening through the implementation cascade, including state-level supports and resources to share with your organizations.
  • Learn from an exemplar district and reflect on key steps to help install systematic screening tools 


Presentation Materials


About the Presenter:

Rayann HeadshotRayann Silva, M.Ed.
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator and Training Unit Coordinator 

Rayann Silva, MEd, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator and Training Unit Coordinator  supports program development, and training and technical assistance for the SAMHSA funded School Mental Health supplement that is part of the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center covering the Region 10 states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In addition, she supports the Technical Assistance Core (TACore) at the UW SMART Center providing systems-change training and technical assistance to state, local agencies, and districts across the Northwest. Rayann may be one of the newest additions to the UW Smart Center, but her professional career spans across many years, roles, and agencies. While Rayann began her professional journey as an ABA Therapist for children with Autism, she eventually grew an interest in prevention and became a teacher. In her previous role, she served as a district administrator in Tacoma Public Schools leading the development and implementation of district-wide social emotional learning for in and out of school time. She has also supported district MTSS implementation through professional development, coaching, and program evaluation across many districts across Washington State.  



Mari HeadshotMari Meador, M.Ed.
Implementation Coach

Mari Meador, M.Ed., is an implementation coach at the University of Washington. She works in collaboration with Schools to support implementation efforts of proactive systems of support. Mari joins us from the University of Washington Tacoma where she worked in collaboration with Tacoma Public Schools to support implementation efforts of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative. Mari has served as a PBIS State Facilitator and Assistant Coordinator for the Northwest PBIS Network providing training and technical assistance, coaching, and ongoing supports to build local and district capacity to implement, sustain, and scale PBIS, and she began her career as a school support counselor and school-based mental health associate. Her professional interests include systems change, culturally responsive positive behavior support and social emotional learning, and fidelity of implementation. Her research interests include equitable and inclusive school discipline practices, implementation science, and effective teaming practices in schools.  



Kristi HeadshotKristi Greenaway Cirignano
Whole Child Coordinator, Tacoma Public Schools 

Kristi started her career as a middle school science teacher, and still thinks middle school students are the best, and loves learning about earth science. She also served as a dean of students at the middle school level before starting with Tacoma Whole Child Initiative 7 years ago. 







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