Year 2 Overview

Year 2 August 2019-2020

Learn more about what the School Mental Health supplement to the Northwest MHTTC accomplished in our second year of operations with this 2-page document.

School Mental Health Supplement Year 2 Highlights

August 2019 - August 2020


Northwest Interconnected Systems Framework Demonstration Project
The Northwest ISF Demonstration Project aims to impact student achievement and attainment, increase identification and impact on students with internalizing behaviors, improve wellness, and reduce rates of student discipline problems and related impact of trauma, opioid and substance misuse, suicide prevention, depression, and/or anxiety. This is a collaborative effort between the Northwest MHTTC, the Center on PBIS, state departments of education, regional training and technical assistance (TA) providers, and districts.


Interconnected Systems Framework Webinars October 22, 2019 - January 21st, 2020
The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) promotes using a single system of delivery for educational and mental health supports in schools. ISF offers a solution to the challenge of meeting the needs of the whole child. Presented by Susan Barrett, MA, and facilitated by the school mental health leads of the Northwest MHTTC (Kelcey Schmitz) and the Pacific Southwest MHTTC (Leora Wolf-Prusan). Guest speakers included: Tawni Barlow, M.Ed Medical Lake School District, Natalie Sedano, CAHELP, Jennifer Kubista, Ed.D, Superintendent at Central School District 13J  & Kaci Fleetwood, M.Ed, State Coordinator for Nevada's School Climate Transformation Project.

Creating Trauma-Responsive Schools Webinars November 13, 2019 - May 13th, 2020 (Online)
This series of webinars are designed to enhance educators’ knowledge about trauma and its impact on students, as well as enhance educators’ ability to engage with youth who’ve been exposed to trauma. Experts will provide information about the definition of trauma, the neurological impact of trauma on students, the signs and symptoms of trauma, and an explanation of how trauma can manifest in the classroom.

Alaska RTI/MTSS Effective Instruction Conference  - January 24-26, 2020, Anchorage, Alaska 
We were pleased to have several sectional choices for educators at the intermediate and advanced level of RTI/MTSS implementation, including sessions on using data, effective teaming, evidenced-based early literacy instruction, school mental health resources, and research-based strategies to improve graduation rates.


2020 5th Annual Idaho Positive Behavior Network Conference - February 6-7, 2020, Boise, Idaho
We brought educators together to focus on evidence-based best practices for effectively supporting students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs while fostering a collective problem-solving environment of innovation, resilience, safety, and success.

Interconnected Systems Framework Discussion Hours February 20, 2020 - August 11th, 2020
Webinars are the launch of learning, and we know that while our three, 60-minute webinars helped us gain foundational language and hear from leaders in the field, many of you wanted the chance to share with one another, ask questions, and continue the intensive discourse needed to create transformational educational environments through ISF. These sessions are supported by Susan Barrett & our ISF Field Leaders, and made meaningful with your participation. Presenters & participants will share their ISF implementation challenges, celebrations, and lessons learned or learning.


18th Annual Northwest PBIS Network Conference February 26-28, 2020, Tacoma, Washington 
The largest gathering of educators, researchers, thought leaders, community partners, and practitioners in the field of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) in the Pacific Northwest. This year's theme "PBIS for ALL" asked us to examine the impact of our work for every child who walks through our doors. Real success in school is measured by our collective ability to support our most vulnerable students.

The Well-Being Series April 2 - June 17th, 2020 (Online)
In response to these critical needs, the School Mental Health Supplement is partnering with Forefront Suicide Prevention Center, University of Washington SMART Center, Association of Washington School Principles, DBT in Schools, NWPBIS Network, Sounds Supports, LLC, and WellEducator to bring you a series of webinars for kids, parents, and educators, focusing on mental wellness and suicide prevention.

Virtual MTSS Fest 2020 - April 22, 2020 (Online)
The Northwest School Mental Health team delivered two presentations at the 2020 Virtual MTSS Fest. Sessions were facilitated by leaders in our MTSS Community, OSPI Staff, and Capital Region ESD 113. Washington State Superintendent Chris Reykdal provided the morning welcome; George Sugai was the keynote speaker.


Virtual AWSP/WASA 2020 Summer Pre-Conference - June 11 & June 25, 2020 (Online) 
AWSP and WASA had been working around the clock to pivot the direction of our 2020 Summer Conference to keep you safe, informed, and connected while navigating this unprecedented time by connecting with fellow educational leaders to renew focus, clarity, and insight for the upcoming school year.


Virtual AWSP/WASA 2020 Summer Conference - June 29 - 30, 2020 (Online) 
AWSP and WASA have been working around the clock to pivot the direction of our 2020 Summer Conference to keep you safe, informed, and connected while navigating this unprecedented time by connecting with fellow educational leaders to renew focus, clarity, and insight for the upcoming school year.

Supporting School Mental Health in the Context of Racial Violence July 31 & August 7th, 2020 (Online) 
This was a two-part learning series intended for students, families, educators and school mental health professionals who are navigating the impact of racial violence on student mental health. Each learning session featured a moderator who engages advocates, leaders and the school mental health workforce.


Considerations for Systematic Screening PK-12: Universal Screening for Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors in the COVID-19 Era - August 12, 2020 (Online)
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, PK-12 schools across the United States closed and educators quickly pivoted to remote and continuous learning opportunities to protect students and society as a whole from the deadly coronavirus – COVID-19. As educational leaders across the country navigate the complexities for providing instruction during the 2020-2021 academic year, questions have arisen regarding systematic screening practices. 


Northwest PBIS Summer Institute - August 13, 2020 (Online) 
The NWPBIS Network, Sound Supports, and Inua Group joined together to bring you a quality day of webinars with content around adapting systems to respond to the changing school environments. This event was sponsored in part by the school mental health supplement to the Northwest MHTTC.

Want more information and school mental health resources? Visit the Northwest MHTTC's School Mental Health page and sign up for our monthly newsletter for regular updates about events, trainings, and resources available to the Northwest region.

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