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Trauma-Informed SEL in Tiered Systems of Support: Ed Leaders Share Best Practices

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST


Presented by Miyoshi Knox, AUSL Turnaround Principal, Stagg School of Excellence, Chicago Public Schools (IL); Lori Lynass, Ed.D., Executive Director, Sound Supports; and Bridget Walker, Ph.D., Associate Director, Sound Supports
Moderated by Jessica Berlinski, Director K-12, Ripple Effects

Sponsored by Sound Supports K12 and Associates & Ripple Effects Social Emotional Learning

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Watch education leaders—including Chicago Public Schools’ Leadership award winner—as they share how to create trauma-informed schools and districts and support students’ SEL and mental health across tiered systems of support.

In this edWebinar, the presenters share:

  • How to create safe and predictable environments for students, even in distance learning
  • How to connect and build trust with students, so engagement and learning can happen in both in-person and distance-learning contexts
  • How to implement trauma-informed SEL that addresses each student’s unique barriers to learning and builds resilience
  • How to implement digital tools in an MTSS for efficacy and sustainability
  • How to bring an equity lens to trauma-informed SEL work

School and district administrators, teachers and school support staff will learn concrete steps they can take to ensure their schools and districts are trauma informed across tiers, and that their students’ SEL and mental health are meaningfully supported as they continue to grapple with the challenges of COVID-19 and the social unrest we are all experiencing.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-12 school and district leaders, teachers, school counselors and social workers, federal program coordinators, and those involved in supporting student mental and behavioral health.


Miyoshi KnoxAbout the Presenters

Miyoshi Knox has been an educator for 22 years. She has served as a teacher, school and district instructional coach, assistant principal, principal, and executive coach. Currently, she is serving her ninth year as Turnaround Principal of Stagg School of Excellence in the Englewood Community. For the last three years, Miyoshi and a small pilot team of teachers worked collaboratively with AUSL and CPS office of personalized learning to write a school redesign using the LEAP Innovations for training and a personalized learning framework. Miyoshi received the 2019 LEAP Innovators in Education Award, the 6th AUSL Yearly REAL Change Award for Attendance, Sustaining Momentum Award for On Track, Reading Growth, and 5Es performance. She and her staff celebrated their Level 1 status on SQRP for student performance for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. Miyoshi continues to support teachers and students socially and emotionally as they navigate accelerated teaching and learning while balancing remote learning and the effects of a worldwide pandemic and civil unrest.


Lori Lynass

Dr. Lori Lynass is the owner and executive director of Sound Supports whose mission is to support every student and every school through the use of a Multi-Tiered framework. Dr. Lynass has over 23 years of experience in the field of education and has worked directly with over 100 schools, 1,000 districts and four state departments of education on their implementation of academic and behavioral systems. Previously, Dr. Lynass has been the executive director of Northwest PBIS and a research scientist at the University of Washington. She has also overseen and coordinated grants related to academic and behavioral Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in schools and actively disseminates through presentations and publications. Dr. Lynass has taught courses as an adjunct professor for the University of Washington, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University.


Bridget WalkerDr. Bridget Walker has over 25 years of experience in education. Her experiences include serving as a special education teacher for K-12 students with high incidence disabilities. These include a day treatment program teacher, district behavior specialist, state PBIS project coordinator, school improvement coach, and teacher educator. Dr. Walker has published several journal articles, book chapters, and a book related to creating and sustaining effective services and supports for students with intensive learning and behavior challenges. Dr. Walker now works with schools and districts in the areas of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), effective intervention strategies for students at-risk for school failure, and developing effective programs and supports for students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (EBD). In 2011, she was awarded the PBIS Champion award by the Northwest Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Network (NWPBIS) for her ongoing work in helping schools effectively implement PBIS to support the success of all students.


Jessica BerlinskiAbout the Moderator

Jessica Berlinski is the director K-12 of Ripple Effects, an innovative social-change enterprise focused on leveraging personalized SEL to improve students’ behavior and academics and achieve educational equity. She brings over a decade of experience leading organizations dedicated to supporting the “whole child” through academic and SEL tools and programs to her work. Jessica co-founded and served as Chief Impact Officer of SEL tech start-ups, If You Can and Centervention (formerly Personalized Learning Games). In these roles, she commercialized the first evidence-based SEL assessment and learning game for K-12, and the first SEL iPad game for the consumer marketplace. Previously, she served as Managing Director of GameDesk, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded non-profit focused on innovative learning models, and as National Director of Character Counts. Jessica speaks on technology and SEL at education and social-change conferences nationally, and her work has been featured on National Public Radio, and in Forbes and Newsweek. She graduated from Northwestern University.


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Ripple EffectsRipple Effects is the only digital SEL and mental health program for students and staff that is proven to improve student behavior, academics and SEL skills, and reduce drop-out rates and depression scores. The CASEL aligned Ripple Effects program empowers K-12 learners to build resiliency assets around their personal needs and traumas via over 400 interactive lessons (e.g. anxiety, loneliness, getting help, unplanned change, substance abuse.)

Sound Supports K12Sound Supports and Associates offers customized coaching, technical assistance and training for districts, schools and communities, supporting implementation of all aspects of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). We focus on building effective systems, using data and evidence-based practices to improve student outcomes utilizing a culturally responsive, trauma-informed and Restorative Justice lens.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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