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2022 Nebraska MTSS Summit

Creating Coherence

October 13-14, 2022 – Hybrid


Join us this fall for the 2022 Nebraska MTSS Summit on Oct. 13 and 14 in Kearney! The two-day event, hosted by the Nebraska Department of Education’s Office of Special Education, will feature engaging presentations and interactive breakout sessions around the theme of “Creating Coherence.”

Participants may attend the summit in person at the Younes Conference Center North or participate in sessions virtually.

As students and teachers move forward in education, the Nebraska Department of Education’s NeMTSS team aims to support Educational Service Units, districts, schools and educators in coming together to work toward a common vision of success.

To facilitate this work, the summit will highlight the connection of behavioral supports, academics, social-emotional learning and continuous improvement within a multi-tiered system of support and offer ways to promote cohesion among these areas to improve outcomes for students.

Presenters and workshops will focus on ways to increase communication, implement successful problem-solving strategies and strengthen MTSS supports in all aspects of education.

The summit will serve as an introduction and expansion of work educators are starting or have already begun with NeMTSS Systems Day training.

The cost of this year’s summit is $125. Registration opens May 16 and is expected to close Sept. 15, unless capacity is reached before then.

Visit the summit landing page for more details, including how to register and reserve lodging.

We are excited to announce our keynote presenters:

George M. Batsche, Ed.D., professor of school psychology and director emeritus of the Institute for School Reform, University of South Florida in Tampa
Adolph Brown, Psy.D., master teacher, author and clinical psychologist
Judy Elliott Ph.D., chief executive officer, EduLead, LLC
Andy Garbacz, Ph.D., associate professor of school psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

George M. Batsche, Ed.D., is a professor of school psychology and director emeritus of the Institute for School Reform at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He is also vice chair of the Professional Advisory Board for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Batsche has held previous roles within the Florida Department of Education, including co-director of the Florida Multi-tiered System of Supports, co-director of the Florida Statewide Problem Solving & Response to Intervention Project, project director emeritus for Student Support Services, among others. His work has focused on systems of implementing academic, behavioral and social-emotional instruction and supports to ensure equity in access for at-risk students. Batsche is a certified/licensed school psychologist, certified school administrator and director of special education. His experience includes work as a university professor and researcher, school psychologist, district-level administrator, building principal and consultant to school districts and state agencies regarding implementation of systemic solutions to improve outcomes for all educators, students and their families. Batsche is a recipient of the National Association of School Psychologists Lifetime Achievement Award.

Adolph Brown, Psy.D., is a master teacher, author and clinical psychologist. He works with schools and corporations around the world to implement best practices that support peak performance and educational excellence. Brown’s honest, humorous and helpful keynotes and workshops have been commonly described as “delightfully different.” He has more than 30 years of experience working with issues around mental wellness, social justice, equity, education and diversity. Brown’s solid content and multiple takeaways, insightful humor and parables are appreciated and recognized widely by business leaders, educators, students and parents. From humble beginnings, he was the first in his family of five to graduate high school and go on to become a critically acclaimed clinical psychologist, university professor and dean, teacher educator, businessman, investor, research scientist and recovering middle school special education teacher.

Judy Elliott, Ph.D., is chief executive officer of EduLead, LLC and former chief academic officer for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She also served as assistant superintendent in the Long Beach Unified School District and chief of Teaching and Learning for the Portland School District. Elliott has led the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) in large districts, and speaks and consults across the U.S. on what it takes to lead successful MTSS implementation. She continues to assist districts, national organizations and state departments of education in their efforts to update and realign curriculum frameworks, instruction, assessment and accountability that include all students. Elliott’s research interests focus on systems change and reform, effective instruction for all students and data-based decision-making for accountability and accelerated student achievement. She has trained thousands of staff, teachers and administrators in the U.S. and abroad in areas of integrated service delivery systems, leadership, effective data use and inclusive schooling.

Andy Garbacz, Ph.D., is an associate professor in school psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His work focuses on aligning and integrating family-school-community partnership practices in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and related multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to promote youth mental health and family wellness. Garbacz emphasizes equity, cultural responsiveness, and community-engaged scholarship in his work. He serves as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on multiple federal grants that focus on direct work with families, school professionals and community mental health professionals. Garbacz is also a board-licensed psychologist and licensed/certified school psychologist with experience in schools, community mental health and integrated primary care.