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June 4-5, 2024
Austin, TX

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Embark on a journey of exploration, collaboration, and inspiration as we delve into the latest strategies, research findings, and best practices in MTSS- Behavior. Together, we will unlock the power of systemic design to activate each school district's unique potential and individual strengths.

Get Your Continuing Education Credits by Attending

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Emergent Tree is a TEA-approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provider. Participants can receive up to 12 hours of CPE credit when attending this conference.

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Multiple sessions will be offered on both days of the conference that will be eligible for BACB-ACE-certified Type II CEUs at no additional charge to the conference fee.

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Aligning Systems. Utilizing Data. Building Capacity.

How can students' social, emotional, and behavioral needs be met while supporting a teacher group that is already stretched thin?
 
Schools nationwide face rising social, emotional, and behavioral needs in students while navigating the impacts of a teacher shortage and rising educational expectations. Piling more on teachers' plates is not an option, but leaving student needs unaddressed is equally concerning.
 
Balancing the needs of teachers and students requires intentionally designed, simple, but impactful solutions to MTSS-Behavior.

This conference is not just about Information; It's about collaboration.

As we share insights, engage in meaningful discussions, and learn from one another, we aim to empower you with the knowledge and tools needed to make a lasting impact in your educational communities. Get ready to connect with like-minded individuals, gain fresh perspectives, and discover innovative solutions to elevate your approach to behavior supports in education. Thank you for being part of this exciting journey towards a more inclusive and effective educational landscape.
 
Let's embark on this MTSS adventure together!

 

Pricing

We are SOLD OUT and can't wait to see everyone June 4-5th.
We will not be taking walk-up ticket purchases. Click below to be added to the waitlist and get notified if any seats open up.

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$350

  • 2-Day Conference

  • Keynotes & Breakout Sessions

  • Sessions for all 3 Tiers

  • Roundtable Discussions

  • Lunch & Learns

 

Speakers

Stay tuned! We'll be announcing our speakers as we get closer to the conference date.
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Stacy Morgan, M.S.

Co-Founder and CEO of Emergent Tree

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Mae Coffman 2

Mae Coffman, M.S.

Co-Founder and CPO of Emergent Tree

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Christina Patrin 2

Christina Patrin, M.Ed.

Director of Coaching at Emergent Tree

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Schedule of Events

Experience keynote speakers, breakout sessions, roundtable collaborative discussions, and lunch and learns over two days. Need to download a copy of the schedule and conference details for a PO request? Click here to grab a copy.

Day 1 - June 4th
  • 8:00am - 8:45am Registration & Check In
  • 8:45am - 10:15am  Keynote Address
  • 10:15am - 10:30am Morning Break
  • 10:30am - 11:45am Breakout Sessions Set 1
  • 11:45am - 12:30pm Lunch & Learns (lunch provided)
  • 12:30pm - 1:45pm Breakout Sessions Set 2 
  • 1:45pm - 2:00pm Afternoon Break
  • 2:00pm - 3:15pm Breakout Sessions Set 3
  • 3:15pm - 3:45pm Late Afternoon Break
  • 3:45pm - 5:15pm Learning Exchange Roundtables
  • 5:15pm - 6:45pm Networking Social 
Day 2 - June 5th
  • 8:00am - 8:45am Registration & Check In
  • 8:45am - 10:00am  Breakout Sessions Set 4
  • 10:00am - 10:15am Morning Break
  • 10:15am - 11:30am Breakout Sessions Set 5
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch Break (on your own)
  • 1:00pm - 2:15pm Breakout Sessions Set 6 
  • 2:15pm - 2:30pm Afternoon Break
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm Interactive Exchange Closing Session

 

Sponsors

We're thankful for our generous sponsors who have made this conference possible! 

Panorama Education

Panorama Education

Panorama helps schools and districts transform their approach to education, so that every student thrives in school, every student benefits from an excellent education, and every student graduates prepared with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets they need to thrive in the modern, ever-changing world. Through our work to improve education, we help create a world where every child has equitable access to opportunities in school and in society more broadly.

Panorama Education

Panorama Education

Panorama helps schools and districts transform their approach to education, so that every student thrives in school, every student benefits from an excellent education, and every student graduates prepared with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets they need to thrive in the modern, ever-changing world. Through our work to improve education, we help create a world where every child has equitable access to opportunities in school and in society more broadly.

Panorama Education

Panorama Education

Panorama helps schools and districts transform their approach to education, so that every student thrives in school, every student benefits from an excellent education, and every student graduates prepared with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets they need to thrive in the modern, ever-changing world. Through our work to improve education, we help create a world where every child has equitable access to opportunities in school and in society more broadly.

 

Conference Details

Questions? Reach out to conference@emergenttree.com, and someone on our team will be in touch.

 

Need to download the details for the conference for a PO request? Click here to grab a copy.

Dates
The conference begins on June 4th at 8:45 a.m. and ends on June 5th at 4:00 pm.
Pricing
SOLD OUT - Regular Pricing
$350 per ticket
 
Refunds + Changes
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Location
University of Texas at Austin
Thompson Conference Center
2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, Texas 78712
Travel & Hotel

We have some rooms blocked at these two hotel options if you are traveling to the area and would like to take advantage of them!

Courtyard Marriott Austin - University Area
5660 N Interstate Hwy 35
Austin, TX 78751
Telephone: 512-458-2340
Rate: $100/night ++
Deadline:  May 22, 2024

Click here to book your room.

 

Holiday Inn Midtown
6000 Middle Fiskville Rd.
Austin, TX 78752
512.451.5757
Rate: $110/++
Deadline: May 17, 2024

Click here to book your room.

CPE & CEU Credits
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Emergent Tree is a TEA-approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provider. Participants can receive up to 12 hours of CPE credit when attending this conference.

 

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Multiple sessions will be offered on both days of the conference that will be eligible for BACB-ACE-certified Type II CEUs at no additional charge to the conference fee.

Session Topics & Speakers

Learn about the different sessions at the MTSS-Behavior Exchange conference and the speakers joining us!

The Science of Organizational Change as a Guide for Systemwide Implementation of MTSS-B

Stacy MorganMae Coffman2 Stacy Morgan, M.S. 
 Co-Founder, Emergent Tree 

 Mae Coffman, M.S. 
 Co-Founder, Emergent Tree 
(click to see bios)

 

Join us as we dive deep into the myths surrounding MTSS-B implementation and explore practical strategies to overcome them. From misconceptions about how to drive organization-wide change to doubts about sustainability, we'll address these myths head-on and provide actionable takeaways for successful implementation.  Let's pave the way for a more supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students.

Stacy Morgan, M.S., Co-Founder, Emergent Tree

Stacy Morgan began as a high school special education teacher. She received her Behavior Coach Endorsement at the Regional XIII Service Center, then served as a Behavior Support Teacher, District Behavior Specialist, and District Coordinator for MTSS-Behavior. She received her Master’s of Science in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. In 2011, Stacy co-founded Emergent Tree Education, an organization supporting districts across the nation in developing a comprehensive framework for MTSS-Behavior. Stacy serves as Past-President of the Texas Association of Behavior Specialist.

 

Mae Coffman, M.S., Co-Founder, Emergent Tree

Mae Coffman started as a Middle School Special Education teacher.  She then served as a High School Special Education teacher, Special Education District Chair, and Coordinator of Secondary Inventions. Mae received her Master’s of Science in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University.  In 2011, Mae co-founded Emergent Tree Education, which supports districts across the nation in developing comprehensive frameworks for MTSS-Behavior.  She leads Emergent Tree in Product and Content Development.  Mae also served as the Treasurer for the Texas Association of Behavior Specialists.

Think Outside the Circle: An Integrated Approach to Restorative Practices and MTSS-B

Mark MedleyMark Medley, M.Ed. 
 Associate Director of Special Programs & Services, Bastrop ISD  (click to see bio

Many districts have abandoned Restorative Practices due to the perceived amount of time, training, and energy their full and faithful implementation requires. This session will introduce a tiered approach to Restorative Practices, focusing on efficient strategies that are easy to implement as daily routines and incorporate into classroom management plans.

Mark Medley, M.Ed., Associate Director of Special Programs & Services, Bastrop ISD

Mark Medley’s mission in life is to help others cultivate meaningful connection, conversation, and action through music and playful engagement. He is a musician and educator with 18 years of combined experience in public education and private consulting. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Special Programs and Services in Bastrop ISD. Mark started as a substitute teacher before spending several years as a behavior teacher and interventionist. His passion for Restorative Practices ignited when he witnessed its power to strengthen relationships and reduce recidivism. His experience with Restorative includes two years traveling throughout Texas, training and coaching districts in implementation. Before moving into his current role, Mark served as BISD’s MTSS Coordinator for three years, working diligently to integrate Restorative into every tier of the district’s programming. Along with his wife, he is the co-creator of ‘Mark and Mosey,’ a fun, musical puppet show focusing on social, emotional, and environmental awareness. Mark is driven by his vision to see a world where we listen to, learn from, and love ourselves, each other, and nature.

Beyond Crisis: Using Behavior Specialists To Build System Capacity Using a Proactive Approach

Katie HoffmanKatie Hoffman, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA 
 Assistant Director of Special Education Behavioral Services, Round Rock ISD  (click to see bio

Is your behavior specialist team feeling like they are always in firefighter mode? Then this is the session for you! This session will focus on how to build and utilize district behavior specialist teams to support the development of district-wide Tier 3 systems and the lessons we've learned along the way. Learners will leave this session with a systematic approach to how behavior specialist teams can work towards proactive, system-based support and move away from reactive support.

Katie Hoffman, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Assistant Director of Special Education Behavioral Services, Round Rock ISD

Katie Hoffman is the Assistant Director of Special Education Behavioral Services in Round Rock ISD, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst(BCBA), a behavior specialist, and a special education teacher. As Assistant Director, she leads the team of district-level behavior specialists and BCBAs who guide the implementation of district-wide tier 3 behavioral systems, including individualized student plans. Additionally, she supports as the assistant principal for the self-contained special education campus in Round Rock called GOALS Learning Center. This campus supports students in 6th-12th grade who have significant behavioral needs due to their disability. She began her career teaching special education on an elementary campus, where she quickly fell in love with behavior. After working in a variety of roles at the elementary level, she transitioned to becoming a district behavior specialist, where she was able to support teachers and campus staff in tier 3 program implementation, FBA processes, and identifying and developing specific recommendations for students and staff. During this time, Katie returned to school to get her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Katie is passionate about supporting each and every student so that they can reach their fullest potential and, with that, supporting staff so that they have the tools needed to support their students.

Equip, Empower, Encourage: Using a Coaching Tool to Support Classroom Management

Peggy Simmons2-1Caroline Rogers2Peggy Simmons, M.Ed. 
 MTSS/Intervention Coordinator, Dripping Springs ISD 

Caroline Rogers, BA
Instructional Coach, Dripping Spring ISD
(click to see bios)

 

Learn how a coaching tool collects quantitative data to provide actionable, targeted feedback, which helps facilitate goal setting and informs classroom management practices and strategies. Our district uses the expertise of a dedicated classroom management coach who uses the data to guide conversations to optimize instructional time, engagement, student feedback, and classroom interactions to build a positive classroom culture that is safe, respectful, and responsible. Participants will walk away with a model of implementation and understanding of how the coaching tool, combined with targeted coaching, focuses on key components of the Emergent Tree classroom routines, which builds teacher capacity and efficacy.

Peggy Simmons, M.Ed., MTSS/Intervention Coordinator, Dripping Springs ISD

Peggy Simmons serves as the MTSS/Intervention Coordinator for Dripping Springs ISD. She began her career as a high school English teacher with a strong passion for supporting struggling learners. She moved into a support role as a secondary literacy specialist and then an MTSS coach for all high schools in a large urban district. Before coming to DSISD, Peggy worked as the MTSS Facilitator at a 6A high school, building their MTSS framework for academics, behavior, and personal wellness. She brings many years of experience and expertise with MTSS, as well as a strong sense of purpose around helping students and teachers succeed, to her daily work. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Tyler, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University, and holds a TBRI practitioner certification.

 

Caroline Rogers, BA, Instructional Coach, Dripping Springs ISD

Caroline Rogers works as an Elementary Instructional Coach for Instructional Strategies at Dripping Springs ISD. Her teaching journey started sixteen years ago as a kindergarten teacher and evolved when she transitioned to teaching third grade after seven years. Her dedication to educating the whole child blossomed during this time. As she later moved into the role of an elementary school librarian, she built strong connections with students ranging from pre-k to fifth grade. Caroline earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Business at Texas State. Not long after graduation, she received her alternative certification to teach early childhood through 4th grade. In her current role, she focuses on coaching elementary teachers to foster positive classroom environments that nurture the whole child's development.

Revving Up Buy-In: Leveraging a District Behavior Team for Continuous Improvement of MTSS Behavior

Kim SpurgersStacy Morgan3Kimberly Spurgers, M.Ed. 
 Director of District Behavior Support, San Angelo ISD 

Stacy Morgan, M.S. 
 Co-Founder, Emergent Tree 
(click to see bios)

 

Revving Up Buy-In: Join us for an interactive session where we'll dive into leveraging a District Behavior Team to enhance MTSS-Behavior systems while emphasizing educator buy-in. Learn firsthand strategies for leading educators through a change engine process inspired by the Community-Based Accountability model. Discover how to effectively identify and prioritize areas for change, ensuring a strategic and targeted approach to improving behavior support systems district-wide.

Kimberly Spurgers, M.Ed., Director of District Behavior Support, San Angelo ISD

Kimberly Spurgers serves as the Director of District Behavior Support at San Angelo ISD, guiding 24 campuses in implementing MTSS Tier 1 and Tier 2 for Behavior. With 22 years of experience, Kimberly brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. Before her current position, Kimberly served as a principal for 14 years, where she honed her skills in instructional leadership, student behavior management, and fostering positive school climates. Her dedication to supporting student success and promoting a culture of inclusivity has been a driving force throughout her career. Recently, Kimberly focused on leveraging a District Behavior Team to create a Change Engine utilizing the Community-Based Accountability model. This innovative approach allowed for identifying and prioritizing areas for needed change within the system.


Kimberly is committed to empowering educators and school staff to create environments where all students can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. With her extensive education leadership background and focus on promoting positive behavior interventions and supports, Kimberly Spurgers is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the lives of students and the overall success of San Angelo ISD.

 

Stacy Morgan, M.S., Co-Founder, Emergent Tree

Stacy Morgan began as a high school special education teacher. She received her Behavior Coach Endorsement at the Regional XIII Service Center, then served as a Behavior Support Teacher, District Behavior Specialist, and District Coordinator for MTSS-Behavior. She received her Master’s of Science in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. In 2011, Stacy co-founded Emergent Tree Education, an organization supporting districts across the nation in developing a comprehensive framework for MTSS-Behavior. Stacy serves as Past-President of the Texas Association of Behavior Specialist.

Beyond the BIP: Clarifying Safety Plans for Individual Students with Intensive Needs

Amanda RealAmanda Real, LSSP, NCSP
Independent Educational Consultant + School Psychologist (click to see bio

For students with intensive behavioral needs, a behavior intervention plan may not fully address the details and planning needed to ensure the safety of the student, their peers, and the staff. A safety plan, which may also be referred to as a crisis plan, crisis response, or emergency plan, provides an outline of the additional information and details needed to document and execute this level of student support.

Amanda Real, LSSP, NCSP, Independent Educational Consultant + School Psychologist

Amanda Real is a licensed specialist in school psychology and a nationally certified school psychologist. She has experience working in public schools as a licensed specialist in school psychology at the campus level, as well as a behavior specialist, coordinator, and director of special education services at the district level. Regionally, Amanda has previously served as the Child Find consultant for the Education Service Center, Region 20, in San Antonio, TX. Amanda’s professional leadership has included various roles on the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) board, including President of the Association. Amanda is passionate about high-quality support and services to students with disabilities and the individuals who provide them.

Lessons Learned... Navigating MTSS Support for Small, Rural Schools

Brandi MendozaBrandi Mendoza, M.Ed.-EdL
MTSS Education Specialist III, Region 15 Education Service Center (click to see bio

There's never enough time, people, or research! This is more true for small, rural schools in Texas. With limited resources due to location, support staff, and leadership knowledge, small, rural schools struggle to figure out systematic ways to build sustaining practices. Are you looking for ideas on how to support these schools? Come listen to our Region 15 story on how we collaborated with Emergent Tree Education in making ripples of change for two small school districts in our Region. We will share how we trained and supported, as well as what outcomes both school districts experienced. The presenter will also share lessons learned for future work with small, rural schools in MTSS practices.

Brandi Mendoza, M.Ed.-EdL, MTSS Education Specialist III, Region 15 Education Service Center

As someone born and raised in a small, rural community outside of San Angelo, Texas, Brandi Mendoza learned what it meant to be home-grown. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University Education Department with a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies. She holds her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is awaiting to test for her Board Certification for Behavior Specialist. After teaching as a special education teacher in Midland ISD, being an interventionist for Canyon ISD, and a program specialist for Leander ISD, Brandi began coaching teachers in both special education and general education settings. She is currently spreading her coaching knowledge to teachers in the school setting, and transitioning to a MTSS Liaison. Brandi continues to dedicate most of her time to coaching schools in small, rural areas on how to implement systems that are sustainable and tailored around students and best practices. When Brandi is not working with schools, she is running after 11-month-old Noah, playing dress up with four-year-old Zoey, and throwing the baseball with nine-year-old Zeferino.

Leveraging Behavioral Expertise to Transform the Role of Behavior Specialists in Schools

Amanda StuartClare ChungAmanda Stuart, M.A., BCBA 
 District Coach, Emergent Tree

Clare Chung, M.Ed., BCBA 
 District Coach, Emergent Tree 
(click to see bios)

 

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) are in high demand across the country to support student behavior in schools. But what exactly is the role of the BCBA in a school setting? Join us as we discuss how BCBAs can be utilized in the school setting to not only lend their expertise to individual students but also to build effective systems at the campus and district levels.

Amanda Stuart, M.A., BCBA, District Coach, Emergent Tree

Amanda is a certified Special Educator and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has spent her career in public education serving students with intensive social, communication, and behavioral support needs as a teacher in both inclusive and self-contained settings and as a Low Incidence Disability Specialist for a local school district. Currently, Amanda supports the implementation of multi-tiered behavior systems in school districts across Texas as a District Coach for Emergent Tree Education. In addition to her work with school districts, she serves as a Co-Instructor supporting graduate students completing coursework in Special Education and ABA at Arizona State University.

 

Clare Chung, M.Ed., BCBA, District Coach, Emergent Tree

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with her degree in special education, Clare Chung began her career as a special education teacher working with students at both middle and high school ages. Clare received her masters degree in special education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Texas State University. After becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), she served in district roles as a behavior specialist and low-incidence disabilities specialist. Currently, Clare is a district coach for Emergent Tree Education supporting campus and district teams across the state of Texas. Clare also teaches at the university level working with students seeking their degree and certification in Applied Behavior Analysis through Arizona State University.

Strategies for Creating Safe and Secure Learning Environments

Joanie ArrottJoanie Arrott, CHMM
Assistant Director, Risk Solutions, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Risk Management Services (click to see bio

In today's rapidly evolving educational landscape, ensuring the safety and security of students and staff is paramount. From physical safety concerns to cybersecurity threats, school districts face multifaceted challenges in creating environments conducive to learning and growth. This session will discuss employee accident data trends and related mandates and explore opportunities for establishing and growing safe school communities. Join a school risk management expert to examine both traditional and emerging threats to safety and security and spotlight pathways to success.

Joanie Arrott, CHMM, Assistant Director, Risk Solutions, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Risk Management Services

Joanie Arrott is the Assistant Director of Risk Solutions with TASB Risk Management Services. She leads a team of regionally based loss prevention consultants that serve TASB Risk Fund members throughout Texas. Her team is responsible for preventing and mitigating all sorts of emergencies, including employee accidents, vehicle accidents, damage to property, cyber incidents, and litigation. They also support the development and implementation of effective emergency management programs and processes for their members. Joanie joined TASB in 2003. Prior to her current role, she was a field consultant covering various territories in the state.

Transitioning from Pilot to Practice: Making Your Tier 2 System Thrive

Jennifer AndjelicKatie Lapham2Jennifer Andjelic, M.Ed. 
 Coordinator of MTSS Implementation, New Caney ISD 

Katie Lapham, NCSP, BCBA, LBA 
 Coordinator of Behavior Support, New Caney ISD 
(click to see bios)

 

Join us to learn more about the implementation of Tier 1 practices to improve district and campus behavior, academics, and culture. Including how the follow-through of implementation of Tier 1 systems allows for Tier 2 and Tier 3 supports to thrive. Fewer discipline issues, stronger academic performance, and happier staff, students, and families! Don’t you want to know more?

Jennifer Andjelic, M.Ed., Coordinator of MTSS Implementation, New Caney ISD 

With 29 years in education, Jennifer Andjelic has served as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal, and several positions at the district level, including Intervention Coordinator, Curriculum Director, and Executive Director of Instruction and Professional Learning. In her current position as Coordinator of MTSS Implementation for New Caney ISD, she is focused on supporting the district and twenty campuses with the implementation of MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support), including academic, behavioral, health and wellness, and social-emotional learning support. New Caney ISD is a fast-growing district with over 18,000 students. Jennifer started using the Emergent Tree Tier 2 Bridges Program while serving at New Caney Elementary. Through the implementation of Tier 1 practices and support for students with Bridges, at the end of year three, the campus saw an overall decrease of 38% in office referrals and showed comparative growth on STAAR, as compared to like campuses, from a letter grade of F to an A.

 

Katie Lapham, NCSP, BCBA, LBA, Coordinator of Behavior Support, New Caney ISD

Katie Lapham is currently the Coordinator of Behavior Support for the Special Programs Department in New Caney ISD. Katie began her career as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) and later became the Lead LSSP in New Caney ISD. Driven by her passion for helping others, Katie pursued further education to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and later a Licensed Behavior Analyst. In her current position, she fulfills the role of training and supervising a behavior staff team dedicated to serving students' behavioral needs at all levels. In her current role, Katie has been supporting elementary schools in implementing Tier 2 intervention as part of the district MTSS framework. This support includes collaboration with Emergent Tree staff, campus staff training, and the utilization of behavior support staff who assist with monitoring and fidelity checks.

Precision in Practice: Navigating the Landscape of Fidelity in Behavior Programs

Kelly MastersRachel Ulmer2Kelly Masters, MAT 
 Behavior Specialist, New Braunfels ISD 

Rachel Ulmer, M.Ed. 
 Special Education Behavior Specialist, New Braunfels ISD 
(click to see bios)

 

Join us for a presentation focused on enhancing fidelity to behavior programs within educational settings. In this session, we will explore proactive approaches and collaborative efforts designed to support system implementation on school campuses, fostering a culture of intentionality and consistency.  We'll examine strategies for aligning district behavior practices, ensuring coherence and effectiveness across all levels of education. Attendees will gain practical insights to promote program fidelity, enhance student outcomes, and foster a collaborative culture within their educational communities.

Kelly Masters, MAT, Behavior Specialist, New Braunfels ISD

Kelly is, at heart, a teacher and coach, and her 30 years in education reflect that. In San Antonio, she taught students with challenging behaviors for six years and served as a behavior specialist with Education Service Center, Region 20, for eight years. From there, Kelly moved closer to home to be a mom and worked as a district behavior specialist for New Braunfels ISD for six years. She returned to the classroom and taught while her son was in school. She received Tier 3 Solid Roots Training from Emergent Tree as a teacher and was instantly hooked! After a year off to travel the world in 2021, Kelly returned to a behavior specialist position in NBISD and was delighted to use Emergent Tree's Solid Roots in this district as well. When not in schools helping teachers, students, admin, and families, Kelly loves to be outside: swimming at the lake with her dogs, listening to live music, hiking in state parks, and traveling to new places.

 

Rachel Ulmer, M.Ed., Special Education Behavior Specialist, New Braunfels ISD

Rachel Ulmer, a Special Education Behavior Specialist in New Braunfels ISD, has seventeen years of experience as a life skills, resource, and behavior teacher. She received her BA in Special Education from Texas A&M University and her M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from UTSA. In her current role, Rachel enjoys supporting teachers who work with students with challenging behaviors, mental health issues, and trauma. She specializes in creating and implementing behavior intervention plans and training others in plan implementation and behavioral principles. Rachel is interested in building a professional capacity for behavioral interventions and comprehensive knowledge of best practices for those with social and emotional needs. She lives in Boerne, Texas, with her two children and three dogs, and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and spinning.

Aligning Efforts: Essential Elements for Districtwide Adoption of MTSS-Behavior

Yolanda WilliamsChristy Freeman2Yolanda Williams, M.Ed. 
 Executive Director of Student Support, Waco ISD 

Christy Freeman, M.Ed. 
 Director of MTSS, Waco ISD 
(click to see bios)

 

The vast majority of educators believe in the value of supporting social, emotional and behavioral needs for students, but what constitutes this support is often debated. As a result, districts experience fragmented and inequitable behavior practices across campuses. In this session you will hear about Waco ISD's journey to adopt systemic practices for MTSS-B, including how they leveraged district resources, built momentum, and fostered collaboration. The team will share both successes and lessons learned. Leave equipped to initiate or enhance MTSS-B efforts in your district.

Yolanda Williams, M.Ed., Executive Director of Student Support, Waco ISD 

Yolanda Williams began working in Waco ISD thirty-five years ago as an elementary teacher and then proceeded to serve as an assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and executive director for the district. She has extensive experience working with campus leadership teams and effective systems building. In her current role as Executive Director for Student Support, Yolanda guides campus administrators as they work to implement systems that address the needs of our diverse student population.

 

Christy Freeman, M.Ed., Director of MTSS, Waco ISD

Christy has been blessed with the opportunity to serve in the field of education for 23 years, where she has served as a Special Education teacher, Campus and District Level Behavior Intervention Support Specialist, Special Education Coordinator at the district level, and currently the Director of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. She has had the privilege to work with students ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to high school. Christy believes that our most challenging students will show us where our systems are failing and that it is our responsibility, as educators, to meet students where they are to provide them with the skills and resources to prepare them for a successful and productive life outside the classroom.

She has been married to her husband, Jeff, for 15 years. Jeff is a Lieutenant with the Waco ISD Police Department. When not at work, they enjoy camping with their kids or watching their youngest daughter play softball all over the country.

Trauma-Informed Practices to Support Behavior

Julie HarrisonDr. Julie Harrison, Ph.D., BCBA
District Coach, Emergent Tree Education (click to see bio

Trauma-informed teaching starts with an understanding of how trauma can impact a students ability to learn and behavioral responses in the school setting. With this approach, educators think about what student behavior may be telling them and how it can be supported. This allows educators to reflect on teaching practices to find ways to better support students who may be experiencing trauma.

Dr. Julie Harrison, Ph.D., BCBA, District Coach, Emergent Tree Education

Julie landed in the world of special education and behavior after trying her hardest to avoid a career in education like others in her family. She began her career as a self-contained high school special education teacher and moved into various roles supporting students with disabilities and behavioral needs. Julie has a Master of Education in Educational Psychology focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorders/Applied Behavior Analysis and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Special Education. Julie is a certified educator, principal, and board-certified behavior analyst. As an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University, Julie works with pre-service teachers to establish a classroom management system and motivate students. Her role as a District Coach allows her to work with school teams to create effective frameworks to meet the behavioral needs of the campus.

Keep the Kids (and Teachers) in the Classroom!

Marisol RochaGrace Baranowski2Dr. Marisol Rocha, Ed.D. 
 Deputy Superintendent, Edcouch-Elsa ISD 

Grace Baranowski, M. Ed. 
 Coordinator of Learning Acceleration, Edcouch-Elsa ISD 
(click to see bios)

 

Do you have new teachers struggling to build strong systems in their classrooms? Do you have experienced teachers who are frustrated because student behavior is no longer responding to their tried and true systems? Join us as we walk through our mentor/mentee program and share how we have leveraged this program to build upon teacher experiences to develop new, effective strategies for building a positive classroom environment and increase teacher confidence and excitement to stay in the classroom. Our program is built on a foundation of reciprocity in which both the mentor and mentee are working to grow and improve their practices, with a high focus on classroom management systems.

Dr. Marisol Rocha, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent, Edcouch-Elsa ISD 
Dr. Marisol Rocha is currently the Deputy Superintendent for Edcouch-Elsa ISD, where she has served since the 2021 school year. She most recently served as Director of State and Federal Programs and School Improvement in Bastrop ISD, following years as a campus administrator in Del Valle ISD, Austin ISD, and Waco ISD. Dr. Rocha earned a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Texas A&M University and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Tarleton State University. She received her Ed.D. in Education through the Cooperative Superintendency Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

She has dedicated her educational career to school improvement and the development of whole-child education. To develop long-lasting effects within a school system, she dedicates her time to campus and district leadership teams to build capacity for continuous growth by identifying targeted areas of immediate school improvement and establishing a solid foundation for both organizational and student achievement.

 

Grace Baranowski, M. Ed., Coordinator of Learning Acceleration, Edcouch-Elsa ISD

Grace Baranowski is currently the District Coordinator of Learning Acceleration for Edcouch-Elsa ISD, where she has served since the 2021 school year. Previously, she was the Coordinator of Advanced Academics and Social Studies Instructional Coach at Bedichek Middle School in Austin ISD. Before that, Grace was a campus testing coordinator at Del Valle ISD, a teacher at Austin ISD, and a teacher at Waco ISD. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Baylor University and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Lamar University.

Ms. Baranowski has worked throughout her career to develop organized systems, effective instructional practices, and data-based responses to increase the school system's capacity to better meet the needs of all students. By developing and implementing various systems to identify student needs, both academically and behaviorally, she has taken a whole-child approach to ensuring student success.

Celebrate Good Times and Level Up with the Implementation of MTSS-B at the High School Level

Amanda SumpterAmanda Sumpter, M.Ed.
Assistant Principal Queen City High School, Queen City ISD (click to see bio

Join us as we dive into building a positive culture and implementing the MTSS-B at the high school level. Together, we will take a walk through the groundwork and share impactful experiences that can be implemented anywhere. After this session, you will leave with a plethora of ideas, resources, and activities to get your staff and students excited about the process!

Amanda Sumpter, M.Ed., Assistant Principal Queen City High School, Queen City ISD

Amanda Sumpter received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University-Texarkana in 2008. She began her educational career as a second-grade teacher and spent 8 years in the classroom. In 2015, she returned to TAMU-T where she earned her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and transitioned to Instructional Coaching. Amanda had the opportunity to help the district open a brand new elementary campus.

Being a lifelong learner, she once again returned to TAMU-T to earn an additional Masters in Education. She served as assistant principal at an elementary school for 5 years and spent 16 years with the Texarkana Independent School District, serving many roles. In 2023, she moved to Queen City Independent School District as an assistant principal at the high school. Amanda's educational experiences have afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people with a common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. She has been married for 20 years to her husband, Randall Sumpter, and they have two beautiful children, Natalie, 19, and Jack, 11.

Creating Middle School Excellence Through a Comprehensive Approach to Behavior

Osana CharlesMicheal Miller2Osana Gonzalez, M.Ed. 
 Principal Terrell Wells Middle School, Harlandale ISD 

Micheal Miller, M.Ed. 
 Assistant Principal Terrell Wells Middle School, Harlandale ISD 
(click to see bios)

 

Successful MTSS-B program implementation hinges on cultivating trust as the cornerstone. Engage your entire staff, from custodians to paraprofessionals and teachers, in every phase of the process to ensure inclusivity and collective ownership. By fostering an environment where everyone's voice is heard, alignment and accountability are naturally reinforced. Experience firsthand how this collaborative approach fosters success.

Osana Gonzalez, M.Ed., Principal Terrell Wells Middle School, Harlandale ISD

Entering my 16th year in education and 10th year in Administration, I have served as a Teacher, Athletic Coach, Assistant Principal, Academic Dean, and Principal. This diverse background has equipped me with a comprehensive understanding of the secondary education curriculum and graduation requirements and a keen insight into the 6th-12th grade pipeline. My mission is to drive positive educational change, empowering and advocating for students, educators, and communities to thrive. Completing my fourth year as a middle school principal, I now consider myself an expert at conflict resolution, social media terminology, and keeping teachers from jumping off the ledge.

 

Micheal Miller, M.Ed., Assistant Principal Terrell Wells Middle School, Harlandale ISD

 

Pre-Implementation to Celebration: Integrating Emergent Tree Behavior Framework

Kira CassianoLindsay TschirhartKira Cassiano, M.Ed.
 Vice Principal, Medina Valley ISD

Lindsay Tschirhart 
RTI Specialist, Medina Valley ISD
(click to see bios)

 

Dive into the strategic journey of implementing Emergent Tree, covering crucial aspects such as comprehensive needs assessment, survey data analysis, blending MTSS and Social Emotional Learning (SEL), adopting a Tier I behavior-based instructional framework, and celebrating successes. Through case studies and practical insights, participants will gain valuable knowledge on optimizing behavior support systems in educational settings. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and celebrate effective Emergent Tree implementation strategies!

Kira Cassiano, M.Ed., Vice Principal, Medina Valley ISD 

Kira Cassiano serves as the Vice Principal at Ladera Elementary School within MVISD, where she channels her passion for positively influencing staff, students, and the broader community. With dedication, she assists in implementing Emergent Tree with MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) support, aiming to provide holistic assistance to students' varying needs. Beyond her administrative duties, Kira finds solace in reading and cherishes quality moments with her family, balancing her commitment to serving her campus with personal fulfillment.

 

Lindsay Tschirhart, RTI Specialist, Medina Valley ISD

 

Maximizing Impact: Aligning FBA and BIP Practices Across the District

Kitti Corsi-1Stacy Morgan3Kitty Corsi, LSSP
 Special Programs Coordinator, Belton ISD 

Stacy Morgan, M.S. 
Co-Founder, Emergent Tree
(click to see bios)

 

More and more, districts are collecting ongoing progress monitor data on student behavioral skills. But teachers may be unclear how to analyze this data or use it to drive quality decision-making. This presentation will outline key metrics to measure student skill-acquisition, generalization, and independence levels in using replacement behaviors, then how to use this progress monitoring data to determine students’ services during ARD meetings and important considerations when sharing or discussing data with parents.

Kitty Corsi, LSSP, Special Programs Coordinator, Belton ISD

Kitty received her Master's Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from SMU and began her career as an LSSP almost 30 years ago. She has served as the lead school psychologist and district coordinator for PBIS/MTSS-Behavior and Social-Emotional Learning. She is currently a Special Programs Coordinator in Belton ISD, where she supports the district's behavior support program and implementation of Emergent Tree's Solid Roots framework, as well as the district's 18+ transition program. Kitty has served as an Area Representative for the Texas and New York Associations of School Psychologists.

Stacy Morgan, M.S., Co-Founder, Emergent Tree

Stacy Morgan began as a high school special education teacher. She received her Behavior Coach Endorsement at the Regional XIII Service Center, then served as a Behavior Support Teacher, District Behavior Specialist, and District Coordinator for MTSS-Behavior. She received her Master’s of Science in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. In 2011, Stacy co-founded Emergent Tree Education, an organization supporting districts across the nation in developing a comprehensive framework for MTSS-Behavior. Stacy serves as Past-President of the Texas Association of Behavior Specialist.

Session Topics & Speakers

Check out some of the great session topics & speakers joining us!

The Science of Organizational Change as a Guide for Systemwide Implementation of MTSS-B 

Presented by Stacy Morgan and Mae Coffman, Emergent Tree

 

Cultivating Compassion: The Intersection of Restorative Practices and MTSS-Behavior 

Presented by Mark Medley, M.Ed., Associate Director of Special Programs & Services, Bastrop ISD

 

Beyond Crisis: Using Behavior Specialists To Build System Capacity 

Presented by Katie Hoffman, M.Ed., BCBA, Assistant Director of Special Education Behavior Services, Round Rock ISD & Clare Chung, BCBA, Emergent Tree Education

 

Empowering Educators Through Classroom Coaching:  A Key to Tier 1 Success 

Presented by Peggy Simmons, Intervention Coordinator, Dripping Springs ISD & Kari Hibdon, Intervention Services Supervisor, Dripping Springs ISD

 

How Community-Based Accountability Drives Districtwide MTSS-B Implementation

Presented by Kim Spurgers, Director of District Behavior Support, San Angelo ISD

 

Bridging Gaps: Unique Behavior Framework Approaches for Rural Schools 

Presented by Brandi Mendoza, Education Specialist, TEA Region 15 ESC

 

Transitioning from Pilot to Practice: Making Your Tier 2 System Thrive  

Presented by Jennifer Andjelic, Coordinator of MTSS Implementation, New Caney ISD & Katie Lapham, Coordinator of Behavior Support, New Caney ISD

 

Empowering All Learners: Implementation of a Districtwide MTSS-Behavior

Presented by Yolanda Williams, Executive Director of Student Support, Waco ISD & Christy Freeman, M.Ed., Director of MTSS, Waco ISD

 

Celebrate Good Times and Level Up with the Implementation of MTSS-B at the High School Level  

Presented by Amanda Sumpter, M.Ed., Assistant Principal Queen City High School, Queen City ISD

 

Maximizing Impact: Aligning FBA and BIP Practices Across the District 

Presented by Kitti Corsi, Special Education Coordinator, Belton ISD & Amanda Stuart, BCBA, Emergent Tree Education

 

Paving the Way: Essential Preimplementation Steps for Districtwide Transformation 

Presented by Rose Pearson, Executive Director of Schools, Medina Valley ISD

 

Strategies for Teacher Retention: Building a Resilient Team 

Presented by Dr. Marisol Rocha, Deputy Superintendent, Edcouch Elsa ISD & Grace Baranowski, Coordinator of Learning Acceleration, Edcouch Elsa ISD

 

Creating Middle School Excellence Through a Comprehensive Approach to Behavior 

Presented by Osana Charles, M.Ed., Principal Terrell Wells Middle School, Harlandale ISD & Micheal Miller, Assistant Principal Terrell Wells Middle School, Harlandale ISD

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