The 2016 NorthWest PBIS Network Spring Conference returns to Portland for the Northwest’s largest gathering of thought leaders, classroom teachers and faculty, community providers, parents, administrators, researchers, and other critically important practitioners and contributors in the field of positive behavior interventions and supports.
Education Northwest will be involved in presenting the following sessions:
The Time is Now to Stop Bullying and Harassment: Causes and Solutions That Work
Presenters: Vicki Nishioka and Yvonne Ryans, Education Northwest
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 9:45-11:00 a.m.
This interactive session will share information about the many forms of bullying and harassment that teachers may not recognize and too many students experience. Participants will learn how to recognize microaggressions that occur intentionally or unintentionally in classrooms and schools. Participants will also learn, through case examples, how schools can prevent or intervene to increase the safety and well-being of each student in your school. Finally, the session will include examples of how the interventions used by districts contributed to positive changes for each student.
Outcomes: Participants will increase their knowledge about research on subtle forms of bullying including microaggressions that contribute to hostile learning environments. Participants will learn, through real life examples, about strategies that schools have used to prevent or intervene in bullying situations based on race or national origin. Participants will engage in small group discussions to generate ideas on how to implement these strategies in their own settings.
Reducing Discipline Disparities: What Teachers Are Saying and Doing
Vicki Nishioka and Zafreen Jaffery, Education Northwest; and John Lenssen, John Lenssen and Associates
Friday, February 26, 2016, 1:30-2:55 p.m.
This interactive session will share how a core group of Oregon Leadership Network districts have reduced exclusionary discipline and narrowed the discipline gap. The presenters will share strategies that the districts used to collect information from teachers and families about the root causes and potential solutions to discipline disparities in their classrooms and schools. Participants will also learn how social perspective taking and empathy can strengthen the relationship between teachers and students who have different cultural or racial backgrounds. Finally, the session will include examples of how the interventions used by districts contributed to positive changes for each student.