Common PIR Day 2019 – SWMSS & Region IV CSPD

Join us for a day of learning with Pete Hall. A former teacher and principal, Mr. Hall is co-author of best-selling and award-winning Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom (ASCD, 2016) and Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation – (ASCD, 2018) and a passionate advocate of the Whole Child.

In our continuing professional learning regarding Social Emotional Learning, self-regulation, and supporting the whole child, internationally-acclaimed presenter Pete Hall will share keen insights into the creation of a Culture of Safety that benefits all our students – and adults. Designed to go hand-in-hand with other sessions led by his co-author and partner Kristin Souers around the state of Montana, this workshop will review how toxic stress impacts the developing brain, enable participants to obtain clarity of their essential WHY, and explore communication strategies for partnership with parents and families.

To read more about our keynote speaker, visit Pete Hall & Kristin Souers’ website.

Accepting the Challenge: Effective Strategies for Students with Anxiety-Related Behavior

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four thirteen-eighteen year olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.  Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial and using preventive strategies are key to successful intervention. Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward and punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior plans and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies and on explicitly teaching coping skills and alternative responses.

This workshop will translate clinical information into doable and easy-to-implement strategies, tools and interventions, for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring.

About Jessica: 

Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a board certified behavior analyst, special educator, and a consultant to school’s nationwide (www.jessicaminahan.com). Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in public school systems.  Her particular interest is to serve these students by combining behavioral interventions with a comprehensive knowledge of best practices for those with complex mental health profiles and learning needs.  She a blogger on The Huffington Post, the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).

How to Enroll: Visit the Accepting the Challenge: Effective Strategies for Students with Anxiety-Related Behavior registration website

Summer Institute 2019 – Region IV CSPD

Free professional development conference for educators in Dillon, MT on June 12-14, 2019.

Sessions will include options related to self-regulation, The Great 8, tech tools, assessment, poverty, neural plasticity, classroom management, and teacher stress management.