Essentials for Renewal and Acceleration
The theme of this year’s all-virtual Nebraska MTSS Summit is “Essentials for Renewal and Acceleration.”
There are many uncertainties as students and teachers return to classrooms:
- How will educators renew their past learning to connect it with the current system?
- How will educators accelerate unfinished teaching and learning from the past year to ensure all students have the opportunity to meet grade-level expectations and develop a growth mindset for future learning?
- And, key to all, how can MTSS support this renewal and acceleration?
The 2021 NeMTSS summit will guide participants as they grapple with these and other concerns on their way to a successful 2021-22 school year.
Registration is closed.
You will receive an email on Oct. 6 that includes a link to the Virtual Participant Page. This private page will give you access to the live Zoom presentations and other important resources. Please refer to this email to begin your summit experience. If you have questions, please email email@example.com.
Thursday, October 7th
8:45-9:00 a.m. | Welcome & Opening Session
Self-care is how you take your power back! This powerful presentation provides attendees some readily available strategies to promote positive mental wellness in all areas of life. Be prepared to leave engaged and renewed to give not only the best of you to others, but to yourself!
Director of Mental Health and Wellness and Psychotherapist, Educational Service Unit 5
9:00-10:15 a.m. | Keynote
Although it is incumbent upon schools to educate all students, they may not be adequately equipped to address the unique needs of minoritized students as evidenced by persistent educational disparities. These educational disparities are well documented in the literature and government reports indicating that students from racial and ethnic minoritized groups, sexual minoritized students, and disabled students experience differences in disciplinary action, achievement outcomes, graduation rates, access to gifted education, and other educational opportunities, and have more negative perceptions of school climate. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the gross inequities in school systems that led to these disparities. With the return to full-time in-person learning, this is the perfect opportunity for schools to re-examine their practices, focus on equity and create learning environments conducive to ALL students’ success.
Celeste Malone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Coordinator, Howard University
10:30-11:30 a.m. | Breakout Session #1
Breakout Session #1 offers two concurrent presentations. Please select one to attend virtually.
Student engagement can increase successful inclusive practices and is a catalyst for positive learning outcomes for diverse students. Reimagine your classroom by exploring dynamic management strategies that encourage students to listen, participate and be fully involved. The foundation for student engagement involves building a community of learners that supports the pillars of engagement: effective classroom management, collaboration in flexible groups, and developing questioning and discussion skills. Join Susan Hentz to explore practical, innovative and highly effective strategies to empower all learners to become active participants. Take away information to bolster current student engagement inclusive practices and enhance classroom energy.
Join Douglas Clements to learn surprising research findings about early math, including its predictive power, children’s and educators’ understanding of that potential, and the need for approaches that also contribute to literacy, cognitive and social-emotional skills. Also surprising is the amount we know about effective and equitable teaching using research-based learning trajectories.
Distinguished University Professor & Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood, University of Denver
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Lunch & Keynote
Understanding the psychological, emotional and mental health needs of students and educators is essential to building school communities of success, particularly as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic. How do we build mindsets and practices that support safety and mental health in our schools and communities? Centering equity, Dr. H. Richard Milner’s keynote presentation will focus on helping participants build tools to identify and cultivate positive mental health among students and educators alike. Racial justice issues will be discussed to support psychological, emotional and mental health among students, educators and communities. Particular attention will be on opportunity-centered practices, which affect our experiences inside and outside of school.
H. Richard Milner IV, Ph.D.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education & Professor of Education, Vanderbilt University
1:15-2:15 p.m. | Breakout Session #2
Breakout Session #2 offers two concurrent presentations. Please select one to attend virtually.
Join John SanGiovanni to examine how teachers can leverage strategies and approaches to number sense and reasoning through a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS). This breakout will provide teachers with opportunities to think about how to differentiate the work, scaffold it and enhance student engagement to maximize the effects. Participants will take time to explore and create some tools to use with their students the following week.
Coordinator of Mathematics, Howard County, MD
An effective universal core is at the heart of a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS). A driving principle of MTSS is ensuring that best practices and research inform instruction at every level, beginning with the universal core. In this session, Brittney Bills will share how her district shifted reading instruction to align with the Science of Reading in grades K-2, including how the district leveraged high-quality instructional materials and professional development to make the shift. Participants will also learn how her district continually uses data to inform the health of core instruction and continuous improvement efforts in K-2 curriculum, instruction and assessment.
Curriculum Coordinator, Grand Island Public Schools
2:30-3:30 p.m. | Breakout Session #3
Breakout Session #3 offers two concurrent presentations. Please select one to attend virtually.
Although the structure of school may vary, the foundations of learning remain the same. During this session, participants will review basic elements of the three Tiers of a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS). Join Bob Sonju to explore critical elements of Tier 1 (specifically the need for shared clarity on what all students need to know), strategies for developing targeted Tier 2 support and elements of Tier 3. Participants will leave with increased knowledge and practical strategies to implement in their classrooms and schools.
Educational Consultant, Author and Practitioner
Join Sonia Cabell and Stephanie Copp to discuss why early writing is important, how it develops, and how preschool and kindergarten teachers can support young children’s written efforts to help them strengthen their literacy skills. Emphasizing writing during the early years has the potential to accelerate children’s literacy learning, particularly with individualized support to help them understand how print works and grasp the alphabetic principle.
Assistant Professor, Florida State University
Assistant Professor & Director of the Master of Education in Reading Program, University of Lynchburg
Friday, October 8th
8:00-9:15 a.m. | Interactive Workshop #1
What does it feel like to walk into your school? Is it a welcoming place, where everyone feels valued? Most school improvement efforts focus on academic goals, but what can make or break your learning community are often the intangibles — the relationships and connections that make up its culture. Authors Fisher, Frey and Pumpian believe no school improvement effort will be effective unless school culture is addressed. They identify five pillars that are critical to building a culture of achievement: Welcome; Do No Harm; Choice Words; It’s Never Too Late to Learn and Best School in the Universe. Drawing on years of experience in the classroom and the school building as an administrator, Dr. Dominique Smith will describe how these pillars support good teaching and learning in this workshop-style session.
Dominique Smith, Ed.D.
Chief of Educational Services, Health Sciences High & Middle College, San Diego CA
9:30-10:45 a.m. | Interactive Workshop #2
Join Rosemarie Allen to discuss key social justice and equity issues impacting how we lead, serve and interact with others. Participants will explore implicit bias and how it impacts children based on race, ability and language. The concept of learning loss versus learning gains will also be presented. Anti-bias/anti-racist strategies will be offered to engage with families in culturally responsive ways.
President and CEO, Center for Equity and Excellence
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Interactive Workshop #3
Change happens. But how do you get the changes you WANT, and how do you get the changes to ACTUALLY happen? Join Chad Dumas to explore assumptions of change and implementation, evidence-based practices for successful change and engage in dialogue with other educational leaders who are implementing change. There has never been a more urgent opportunity to engage in changes that meet the needs of students. To make these changes, however, we need to be smart about it. Otherwise, we’ll end up having failed attempt after failed attempt at change. This breakout will provide participants an opportunity to discover specific tools (e.g., Change Theories, IC Maps, Stages of Concern and Levels of Implementation) and plan next steps to ensure renewal and accelerate student learning.
Educational Consultant, Author, Trainer and Collaborator, Next Learning Solutions, LLC
12:30-1:45 p.m. | Lunch & Closing Engagement Session
A Roadmap for Renewal: Leveraging a Data-Driven Approach to MTSS to Accelerate Growth for All Students
In the wake of last year’s unique challenges, Nebraska educators are working tirelessly to meet students’ needs and focusing on accelerating the learning and growth of each student. By leveraging data within a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework, educators can have a clear roadmap for renewal for deeply understanding students’ current academic and social-emotional behavior (SEB) needs — charting a course for accelerating growth through targeted instruction and intervention. Learn how to use a data-driven approach to move new learning forward, increase effectiveness and provide much-needed relief to teachers. Join Jaime Harris as she unpacks specific strategies for taking a data-driven approach to MTSS that can help all students move forward.
Jaime Harris, Ed.S., NCSP
School Psychologist, Illuminate Education