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SOESD Hosts Second Annual PBS Conference at SOU

Cory Dunn, Kathy Helgeson, and Scott Perry
Cory Dunn
Nearly 500 educators participated in Southern Oregon ESD’s Second Annual Positive Behavior Support conference at Southern Oregon University on October 15 and 16.  Teachers, administrators, and support staff from seven southern Oregon counties came together to learn how PBS can help schools create a systematic schoolwide approach to climate, culture, and discipline. Educators are working to put emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for teaching and reinforcing appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.

Rob Horner
Rob Horner
The two-day event included strands addressing Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School and High School implementation and sustainability needs. Cory Dunn, long-time educator and Willamette Associates consultant, presented a moving keynote address for the Early Childhood and Elementary session. Cory’s work with high-risk students spoke volumes as he inspired teachers to create the most effective environment for the education of all students.  Rob Horner, University of Oregon professor, provided a compelling Middle School and Secondary keynote address that brought data, practice, and research together, with personal stories that made the data come alive. Both speakers reminded participants of the importance of their work and the power educators have to increase student success.

Guest presenters spoke to a variety of needs including implementation of green zone strategies, yellow and red zone interventions, supervision of common areas, Response to Intervention, and leadership. Several schools from around the state shared their progress, obstacles, and a wealth of ideas.  Participants were able to choose sessions that matched their needs, work in their own teams with well-known consultants, and leave the conference with action plans ready to implement.

Thank you to everyone who helped to support this effort, including volunteer presenters and SOESD staff, as well as Southern Oregon University for their partnership in hosting this conference. Kathy Helgeson, School Improvement Specialist for the SOESD, was instrumental in making this event such a huge success.






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