Professional Development Opportunities 

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  • 16 Jun 2021 11:04 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    The  2021 Virtual Minnesota PBIS Summer Institute and Film Festival is June 16 and 17, 2021.  

    This year’s keynote will be Dr. Tamika La Salle, University of Connecticut (UConn), the school climate and culture coordinator for the Center on PBIS.

    Breakout sessions will focus on connecting PBIS with practices that promote equitable outcomes in education, and aligning initiatives in the PBIS framework.

    There is no cost for the Institute but registration is required.  Below is the link for registration.

    Feel free to contact Mary Hunt ( if you have any additional questions.

  • 27 May 2021 2:08 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    This presentation addresses how to develop our advocacy skills to make us more effective in influencing public policy. You will learn about the necessary components of effective personal advocacy, such as combining a story with data. (Data makes you credible, story makes you memorable.) Characteristics of effective organizations are presented, such as putting people in community together for mutual purpose and creating a sense of urgency around a specific action. Instruction in how to speak effectively with officials using the EPIC format  is also offered. In sum, if you want to improve how to be an effective advocate, this webinar offers sound advice. This webinar was created by Jos Linn, Manager of Grassroots Impact for RESULTS, a nonpartisan advocacy organization that works to end poverty nationally and globally. Linn graciously created this webinar upon our request to educate school psychologists about advocacy.

    Click Here for the Recording

    Slides are available here: RESULTS MSPA Training (Spring 2021).pptx

  • 18 Feb 2021 10:40 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)



    Calling all educational leaders: parents, mentors, community leaders, youth development and after-school care providers!

    Do you believe that all youth should have an equitable education experience...where students, across their many differences, engage deeply and achieve at higher levels while staying true to who they are?

    We invite you to join K-12, higher education, and other educators such as community advocates, leaders, parents and youth development mentors for a year-long conversation about racial equity in our schools.-

    The Driving Racial Equity in Education Learning Series features eight online, two-hour relearning sessions on race guided by the acclaimed Talking About Race materials developed by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. You will read, watch or listen to materials before each session, and then participate in facilitated small group discussions to digest the material, its implications, and generate ideas to translate into action.

    Costs: $50 one-time fee includes all eight sessions
    (scholarships available upon request)

    Early registration is encouraged!

    Space is limited.

    Register Here!


    Be sure to click below for further information and summaries of each learning session.

    Learning Session Descriptions


    ©2021 Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC) | PO Box 7281 St. Paul, MN 55107

  • 20 Nov 2020 3:08 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology has approved a new graduate certificate program for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). 

    See this flier for more information: Rutgers MTSS Certificate Program.PNG

    Or go to for more information.

  • 20 Nov 2020 2:52 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    Free webinar!      December 2, 2020     11:00am-12:00pm EST (**)

    "Hear from a panel of experts as they discuss a range of questions that now surround implementation of MTSS for reading and mathematics. Email to register and receive a link to the session."

  • 5 Nov 2020 7:54 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    Do not miss this no-cost opportunity to gain essential skills in solving behavior problems.  Every teacher and school psychologist NEEDS this to be implementing this systemic framework for students with behavior challenges.   

    Join us for a training series on Prevent-Teach-Reinforce led by Rose Iovannone, Ph.D., BCBA-D.  Dr. Iovannone is one of the developers of this research-based framework for implementing functional behavior assessments (FBAs) and developing function-based support plans (BIPs). PTR is a team-driven process that is facilitated by a coach who guides the team through identification of target behaviors, developing a hypothesis, building intervention plans, and providing active ongoing support to the teacher to implement the plan and evaluate its outcomes.  You'll get explicit guidance and strategies for implementing all five steps of PTR: 

    1. teaming and goal-setting
    2. collecting data
    3. conducting a PTR Functional Behavioral Assessment
    4. developing a PTR behavior intervention plan 
    5. Monitoring progress and making data-based decisions. 

    PTR Training Dates

    All times are 12 PM - 3 PM CST (please click on the links below to register)


    • ASD Teachers
    • DCD Teachers
    • EBD Teachers
    • Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
    • School Psychologists
    • Special Education coordinators


    This training will be conducted via the Zoom platform. We will integrate the Zoom Tools for active participant learning including; imitation features, chat features, breakout rooms, and polls.  CEUs will be provided.

    We will be implementing the Prevent Teach Reinforce (PTR) professional learning experience over the course of the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. We will be doing this in four, 3-hour sessions. Plan to attend all sessions to learn/practice all 5 steps of PTR. If you are not able to attend it live, we will record the sessions for participants to watch after each session.  Participants will be charged $50 only if they do NOT attend or watch the recordings after registering. 

    Benefits of PTR

    • Proven effective by research and field testing in real classrooms—PTR was shown to reduce behavior problems and increase evidence of social skills and academic engagement.
    • Structured and explicit, with five systematic steps that take you beyond tips and strategies.
    • Consistent with positive behavior support and derived from the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
    • Easily adaptable to the needs and goals of each individual student.
    • Effective for both typically developing students and learners with disabilities and other challenges.

  • 5 Nov 2020 7:39 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    Registration closes this Friday! Detailed information about the conference is waiting for you on the registration website.

    LAST WEEK TO REGISTER for the 2020 Overcoming Racism Conference: Taking Back "We The People" - November 13-14 ONLINE

    Please note that you will select your breakout workshops during registration. There are two workshop sessions (times) each day; you will select one workshop per session. We encourage you to explore your workshop options before you begin your registration. However, you can go back and complete your registration later if necessary.

    If you are registering for other people, you will need to know their workshop preferences in order to complete their registration. Changes to completed registrations - including workshop choices - can be made until registration closes at midnight this Friday November 6.


    Eddie Glaude Jr. AAE Headshot1

    2020 Overcoming Racism Conference November 13-14
    Overcoming Racism: Taking Back “We the People”

    What does it mean to be “We the People” through an antiracist lens, in these times? How do we address the rise of right wing populism worldwide? In the USA, Brazil, the UK, Hungary and Turkey, right wing populism and neo-fascism are taking hold. In all cases, the divides are ethnic and cultural. In the USA, the fault lines are explicitly racialized. How do we take back, or claim for the first time in our history, the idea that “all means all” when we talk about “We the People”?

    Conference Keynote Presenters:

    November 13th: Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Noted Scholar on African American Culture & James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor.

    November 14th: Funny Asian Women’s Kollective (FAWK). FAWK exists to combat the invisibility and dehumanization of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) women.


    Each afternoon offers a rich array of intriguing breakout workshops - you will choose your workshops when you register. All the details are waiting for you on the conference registration website.

    Birchbark Books is partnering with us to sell Eddie S. Glaude Jr.'s book Begin Again through the online marketplace on our virtual conference website. We encourage you to buy it through Birchbark.

    Registration for the 2020 Overcoming Racism conference is open through this Friday November 6th
    Registration rates:
    * Both days, including morning plenary and two afternoon workshops each day: $125
    * Single day, including morning plenary and two afternoon workshops on one day: $65
    * Both days – student rate: $45
    * Single day – student rate: $25
    As always, need-based partial scholarships are available – apply now using this form. Also as always, indigenous/Native persons register and participate without payment.

    Register now before it's too late!

  • 25 Aug 2020 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Department of Education,  Minnesota Department of Human Services and MNPBIS are excited to offer this webinar  to support the work of Multi-Tiered System of Supports and School Mental Health .

    August 25th, 8:30-10:00, The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) with Kelly Perales and Brian Meyer from the Midwest Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Center

    The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) is an implementation framework designed to integrate Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and School Mental Health (SMH) within school systems by recognizing the shared contributions of each system. The ISF applies the core features of MTSS to intentionally integrate mental health, community, school and family partners through a single system of support to promote wellness. This session is designed for district, school, and mental health partners to explore how to efficiently and effectively meet the social-emotional-behavioral health needs of all students. Strategies, resources, and tools will be shared with participants, in addition to examples of how education and mental health systems can create a single system of delivery. This webinar is a collaborative effort between the Divisions of Special Education and School Support at the Minnesota Department of Education as well as the Minnesota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Division.

    Registration is limited, please only register if you are able to attend the live event.  If we are able to provide a recording an announcement and link will be made at a later date.

    To register, please click on the link below:

    For any other questions, please contact the PBIS Management team

  • 24 Aug 2020 1:00 PM | Anonymous
    • Check-In/Check-Out as a Tier 2 Support: What Does It Look Like and How Can It Be Adapted During Distance or Hybrid Learning Environments, Dr. Kevin Filter, MSU-Mankato
    Register at

  • 14 Aug 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous

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