2017 Conference on School Culture, Climate, & Positive Behavior Support

Classroom Success with MTSS

Conference logoThe classroom environment is at the heart of our educational system, and the quality of relationships in the classroom are critical to a school’s culture and climate. In our current educational system, teachers, administrators, and other school staff need skills and knowledge in social/emotional development, partnering with families and students, and the behavioral and developmental aspects of learning in order to be successful!

This year’s conference theme, Classroom Success with MTSS, focuses on how the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support framework provides a structure for teachers, staff, administrators, families and students to access research-based instructional practices, with a focus on the classroom. The conference highlights presentations on classroom- and school-based strategies for incorporating supports for all students into the typical elementary and secondary school program. This annual event represents an intersection between schools, students, teachers, administrators, behavioral health, youth/family organizations, and community systems at the pre-school, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.

Sessions will offer exemplars, tools, and practices for each stage of learning, and will feature exemplars that demonstrate how implementation of the fundamental elements of a MTSS can help schools and communities to improve their culture, climate, and safety. The youth strand is an opportunity for young people to learn about how to become leaders of and advocates for positive change to their school’s culture and climate.

Who Should Attend

Educators, paraeducators, school administrators, guidance counselors, related services providers, psychologists, university students, educational teams including families, community members, and others interested in supporting the social, emotional, and behavioral health of all children and youth. School teams are highly encouraged to attend, and a special group rate is available for groups of 3 or more registrants.

Youth involved in student government, youth involved in diversity organizations, youth involved in leadership roles, athletes, youth requiring school support, and at-risk youth are encouraged to apply for Youth Leadership Training.

Professional Development

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation for 7 Staff Development Hours.

Conference Location:
SERESC Event & Conference Center
Corporate Event Facility: 29 Commerce Drive, Bedford, NH

Overnight Accommodations:
Click here for a list of area hotels.

Airport & Shuttle Information:
The most convenient airport to SERESC is the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), which is 3.5 miles from the conference center.

Ask your hotel about free airport shuttles to and from the airport, as well as to SERESC Event & Conference Center.

  • 8:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 8:45am Keynote Presentation
  • 9:45am BREAK
  • 10:00am First Session
  • 11:00am BREAK
  • 11:15am Second Session
  • 12:15pm LUNCH
  • 2:15pm Third Session
  • 3:30pm Adjourn

Effective Instruction and the Management of Challenging Classroom Behaviors | 8:45 am - 9:45 am

Terrance M. Scott, Ph.D., University of LouisvilleTerrance M. Scott, Ph.D., University of Louisville
Professor and Distinguished University Scholar
Director, Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools College of Education and Human Development

This presentation will focus on high-probability strategies for managing student behavior as part of classroom instruction. An overview of the logic and science behind high-probability practices for prevention of student failures (academic and behavior) will provide clear and simple picture of how adult behavior can be used to predict student behavior. This will lead to examples of how teachers can effectively maximize the probability of success across all students by carefully and thoughtfully developing instructional settings and delivery.

Youth-Led Roundtable Discussions | 12:15pm–2:15pm

Youth Strand Participants

During an extended lunch, youth strand participants will facilitate small group discussions on the issues around school culture and climate that matter to them.
Drawing upon what they have learned over two days of youth leadership training, students will share their ideas about creating positive change in their schools and communities.
This is an exciting opportunity for every conference attendee to benefit by including and valuing youth voice in creating caring schools and communities.

green | Elementary School

Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Support in the Elementary School Classroom
This strand will explore Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) as an integrated part of daily life for children. Classroom teachers will present a sampling of commonly used SEL curricula along with practical application strategies that are used to build strong classroom communities and strengthen social, emotional, and executive skills. 

blue | Middle/High School

MTSS in Middle and High School: Strategies and Systems
This strand will highlight several major features and examples of how implementation of the Multi-Tiered System of Support for Behavior can improve school climate, culture and relationships at the middle and high school levels. This strand includes exemplars of school-wide and intensive practices where youth are full partners in the process. Participants will learn what MTSS implementation entails, and how schools have dealt with challenges, fostered buy-in, and built partnerships with families, youth, and community providers.

red | Special Topics

Aligning Trauma Informed Prevention and Response Practices into Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavior
This strand will describe a variety of evidence-based trauma-informed prevention and response strategies that can be used in early childhood and other classrooms as part of a Multi-Tiered System of Support for Behavior (MTSS-B) known as the Pyramid Model.

Y | Youth

Be the Change! Youth Leadership in Action (youth only)
This year’s youth strand will take place over two days: Thursday–Friday, August 10–11. Youth leadership training is for youth between the ages of 14–21 who are currently in school and want to learn advocacy skills and take a leadership role. Youth will participate in experiential activities that help them learn about themselves and others in order to improve cultural understanding. This strand provides opportunities for youth to connect with and learn from their peers from different schools, and have fun while being empowered to make positive change in their schools and communities.

To download a brochure and application to participate, please visit www.iod.unh.edu/youthleadership2017.

FIRST SESSION WORKSHOPS  |  10:00am–11:00am

Elementary 1a  |  Teaching Toolbox Essentials
Maegan Jerr, Classroom Teacher, Gonic Elementary School
Does your day seem like you have too much to do and no time to do it? Do you want to have time for music and movement and all that other fun stuff but never can get to it? This session will introduce some easy to use tools around daily routines, procedures, and transitions that will leave everyone in the classroom feeling successful. Realize your potential and learn about how much time you can get back when you have clear expectations for routines and procedures in your class. You’ll leave this session with a technology template to add some of these easy to manage tools to your toolbox and you are sure to see a difference in your classroom!

Elementary 1b  |  Integrating “Zones of Regulation” into School-Wide Practices and Routines
Eris Hersey, MS, CAGS, Principal, and Liza Cocco, MS, CAGS, Assistant Principal, Idlehurst Elementary School, Somersworth, NH
Zones of Regulation is a curriculum designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control. At Idlehurst Elementary School, administration and guidance have taken this curriculum to the classrooms and implemented it school wide using common language and activities designed to help students monitor their “Zones” and learn to use tools and strategies  to self-regulate.  The implementation has shown positive trends for the school’s SWIS data. In addition, small group instruction using Zones of Regulation is being used as a Tier 2 intervention.

Middle/High 1  |  Schoolwide PBIS Implementation
JoAnne Malloy, Ph.D. & Kathy Francoeur, MSW, UNH Institute on Disability; high school staff
This session will include an overview of school-wide MTSS and how behavioral norms are developed, taught, and reinforced at the high school level. One high school will share their experience with developing and introducing school-wide expectations, lesson plans, and data. This session will allow participants time to talk about their own school’s experience and culture.

Special Topics 1  |  High-Probability Strategies for Responding to Escalating Student Behaviors
Terrance M. Scott, Ph.D., Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, Director, Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools, College of Education and Human Development, University of Louisville
This session will present best-practice strategies for dealing with non-compliance, disruption, disrespect, provocative behavior, and student conflict.  Video scenarios will be used to demonstrate both problems and solutions in line with the high-probability strategies being discussed.

SECOND SESSION WORKSHOPS  |  11:15am–12:15pm

Elementary 2a  |  Incorporating MindUp, SkillStreaming, and ClassDojo as Tier I Interventions in the Classroom
Maegan Jerr, Classroom Teacher, Gonic Elementary School
This session will discuss using a variety of social-emotional learning resources to teach the skills your students need to be successful across home, school, and community settings. By embedding the lessons in classroom routines and including a strong family component, skills are developed and generalized beyond the classroom or school day.

Elementary 2b  |  Effective Rollouts for Classroom Settings
Kathy Donovan, Classroom Teacher, Beaver Meadow School; Universal Team Coach
Transitioning from school-wide lessons plans on behavior to the classroom setting often proves challenging. Embedding social-emotional curriculum with academics and respecting the autonomy of the classroom teacher is a critical factor. Learn how one Universal Team uses data to create teacher buy-in and aligns teaching social behaviors by integrating children’s literature into each lesson plan. Tools and lesson plans will be shared.

Middle/High 2  |  Academic Seminar: Enhanced Supports at Tier 2
JoAnne Malloy, Ph.D. and Kathy Francoeur, MSW, UNH Institute on Disability
This session will describe a classroom based curriculum based upon the Behavior Education Program (Swain-Bradway, Kerner, & Morrison, 2011) developed in Oregon for middle and high school students with executive functioning challenges. Participants will learn about the theoretical foundations of the class, view several lessons, and have a chance to see the lessons in action.

Special Topics 2  |  Aligning Trauma Informed Prevention Practices within the Pyramid Model in Early Childhood Classrooms
Howard S. Muscott, Ed.D., Director, NH Center for Effective behavioral Interventions and Supports at SERESC
This presentation will highlight the critical prevention practices of the Pyramid Model that support social-emotional development in early childhood classrooms. Participants will learn how to develop core values, preschool themes, and behavioral expectations for specific preschool routines, along with teaching plans and recognition strategies that support all children, including those who have experienced childhood trauma. Universal strategies that address the effects of trauma on learning will be highlighted.


Elementary 3a  |  Neurodevelopment and Executive Skills in an Elementary School??
Felicia Sperry, MSED, School Psychologist, Mast Way School, Lee, NH
Mast Way School has been teaching third grade students the concepts of neurodevelopment, growth mindset, and executive functioning through an engaging curriculum as a Tier I intervention. The use of common language and understanding that can be connected to content area learning throughout the school day and beyond has been piloted this year with rave reviews! Follow-up targeted interventions can easily build upon these lessons.

Elementary 3b  |  Classroom Prevention and Response Strategies that Support Stress Management, Emotional Regulation, and Executive Skills Development
Eric Mann, MSW, Behavioral Consultant, NH Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports (NH CEBIS) at SERESC, Inc.
In this session we’ll explore the Stress-Executive Skills paradigm as a way to understand student (and adult!) behavior. Using this understanding, we’ll discuss the integration of classroom strategies that support stress awareness, stress management, emotional regulation, and executive skills development.

Middle/High 3  |  Collaboration between Schools and Community Partners: Finding the Win/Win
Kathy Francoeur, MSW, UNH IOD; high school and community mental health center staff
This session will highlight a strong collaboration between a local school district and its community mental health agency focused on the highest need students in middle and high school. Participants will learn how the partners engaged in shared problem-solving and decision-making, built a common language, used data to identify students, and worked together to plan and implement RENEW, an intensive intervention for students at risk of school failure.

Special Topics 3  |  Trauma Informed Responding Strategies: Remind, Redirection, Reteach, and Build Relationships
Howard S. Muscott, Ed.D., Director, NH Center for Effective behavioral Interventions and Supports at SERESC
This presentation will highlight response practices aligned with the Pyramid Model that early childhood educators can use to address challenging behavior. Participants will learn trauma informed classroom strategies that can help support young children through stressful situations and avoid escalating power struggles based on an understanding of the Conflict Cycle paradigm. Practices include teacher language, the Basic Rs of responding, and logical consequences.

  • Granite State Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
  • Institute on Disability/UCED at the University of New Hampshire
  • NFI North, Inc.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness - New Hampshire
  • New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports (NH CEBIS)
  • NH Department of Education
  • NH DHHS - Bureau of Behavioral Health
  • NH Communities for Children (Safe Schools Healthy Children Project)
  • State of New Hampshire
  • Strafford Learning Center
  • Youth M.O.V.E. New Hampshire

Date & Time

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

Registration Fee

  • Professionals: $269
  • Groups of 3+, Family Members, or Full-Time Students: $249 each

Registration fees include continental breakfast, lunch, and materials.


SERESC Event & Conference Center
29 Commerce Drive
Bedford, NH 03110

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