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2021 NDMTSS Virtual Conference | June 8-9, 2021



After more than a year of large-scale disruption on several fronts, schools need time to stop and consider everything that has been learned about the ability and effectiveness of their systems to support ALL students academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally in school…and at times, from a distance!
Presenters will challenge participants to consider how those lessons learned can help to refocus our efforts and plans for next year and emerge with stronger systems heading into next year!
Join us to reframe our thinking as we get back on track with the important work of creating systems that support ALL kids! We are excited to welcome educators from across ND back together after a COVID break – so gather your team, get registered, and join us LIVE to hear from national experts and collaboration partners.
SESSIONS: LIVE sessions will be held during the conference days and BONUS-recorded sessions will be available for asynchronous viewing to personalize your conference experience. All sessions will be recorded and made available until September 30, 2021 to all registrants.
CREDIT: ONE optional continuing education credit is available through Valley City State University for those who complete a total of 15 hours of conference sessions and complete additional requirements. More info will be available on the day of the conference. Click here for the course syllabus.

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Conference sessions will cover the essential considerations for effective & efficient systems that lead to student success. 

LIVE sessions will be held during the conference days and Pre-recorded sessions will be available for asynchronous viewing to personalize your conference experience. All sessions will be recorded and made available until September 30, 2021 to all registrants.

  • Integration of academics and behavior 
  • How systems help weather the storms (or pandemics) of life
  • The importance of leadership and effective teams and teaming
  • How to create cultures that truly engage EVERY STUDENT, EVERY DAY, in EVERY CLASS
  • Understanding how to develop and implement effective behavior intervention plans that support students AND teachers
  • Reframing our schoolwide behavior intervention supports with new opportunities to integrate SEL, restorative practices, and equity
  • Linking data, interventions, and individualized instruction
  • Considerations for special education roles within an MTSS system
  • A critical focus on the science of reading
  • Foundational NDMTSS supports and practical strategies for implementation


Featured Speakers

 George Batsche  

George Batsche

Dr. George M. Batsche is a Professor and Director Emeritus and previous Professor and Coordinator of graduate programs in School Psychology at the University of South Florida.  He was the Co-Director of the Institute for School Reform at USF.  The Institute houses grants and projects totaling $14 million annually and is focused on an integrated service delivery model to improve academic and behavioral/social-emotional outcomes for all students. The Institute houses grant projects that focus on statewide school improvement teams, student support services, Title I, statewide Title I technical assistance centers, HIV/AIDS education,  MTSS and MTSS Technology, 21st Century Community Schools. Dr. Batsche has authored more than 75 publications (journal articles, book chapters, books, technical reports) related to his work. Dr. Batsche also serves on numerous state departments of education advisory boards and is the Vice-Chair of the Professional Advisory Board for the National Center on Learning Disabilities (NCLD.)  Dr. Batsche’s experience includes serving as a building principal and a district administrator. He is currently working with state departments of education and school districts to implement a tiered system of supports at the state, district and school levels.

 Wayne Callender    Wayne Callender

Wayne Callender is an author and national RTI Consultant who has worked at the State, district and building levels improving educational outcomes. Wayne currently trains and advises educators across the country in the implementation of systems for school improvement, both on-site and through nationwide seminars. In addition to being featured as keynote speaker at over a dozen state and national conferences, Wayne has authored numerous articles, chapters and training books on the implementation of a School-Wide Approach to RTI and improved instructional practices.


 Kevin Feldman  

Kevin Feldman

Independent Educational Consultant working to support schools with improving student achievement via the systemic implementation of Evidence-Based Practices.

 Steve Goodman  

 Steve Goodman 

Steve Goodman, Ph.D. is director of Michigan’s Technical Assistance Center for Multi-Tiered System of Supports, a partner with the National PBIS Center, an advisor to the National Center on Intensive Intervention. Steve is also a team member with the National MTSS Research Network. He is also the co-author of multiple publications illustrating an integrated approach to academics and behavior.

 Don Kincaid  

 Don Kincaid 

Don Kincaid co-directs the FLPBIS Project at the University of South Florida. He also directs USF's participation in the OSEP Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Center, a partnership of Universities and agencies across the country and the Florida AWARE Project at USF to promote mental health in schools. Don also co-directs the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the School Climate Transformation Project for Florida. His professional interests include the areas of person-centered planning, positive behavior interventions and support, disabilities, and school and systems change.

 Aaron Stabel  

 Aaron Stabel

Aaron Stabel, M.A., is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst based in Truckee, California. As a behavioral and educational consultant for school districts and families, he assesses and implements interventions for children with ASD, ADHD, emotional disturbances, and other developmental disabilities across the United States. Aaron has also contributed on several university-based research projects including the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism, and the University of Wyoming’s ECHO Project. In addition to providing direct services, he is the CEO of Behavior Advantage guiding educators to design evidence-based behavior plans for students across the MTSS spectrum.

 Natalie Wexler  

Natalie Wexler

Natalie Wexler is an education writer and the author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System—and How to Fix It (Avery 2019). She is also the co-author, with Judith C. Hochman, of The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades (Jossey-Bass, 2017), and a senior contributor at Forbes.com. Her articles and essays on education and other topics have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and other publications. She has spoken on education before a wide variety of groups and appeared on a number of TV and radio shows, including Morning Joe and NPR’s On Point and 1A. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and has two adult children.


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