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Challenging Behaviors: Why They Happen and How to Address Them Effectively

Thursday, December 16, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Challenging Behaviors: Why They Happen and How to Address Them Effectively

Presented by Dr. Will Henson, Clinical Director, 321 Insight; and Dr. Gastrid Harrigan, Principal, Cypress Run Education Center, Broward County Schools (FL)
Moderated by Alia Jackson, President, 321 Insight

Sponsored by 321 Insight

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Over the summer, educators and administrators extensively planned for most of the nation’s students to return to in-person instruction this fall. They prepared for the significant challenges they expected to face, from learning loss to behavior issues that were likely to intensify as students transitioned back to in-school learning and reacclimated to the structures and daily routines they were no longer used to following.

Despite their best efforts, most educators were not prepared for the sheer enormity of the behavior challenges and levels of mental health concerns they faced when students did return. The impact of months of isolation, inconsistent routines, and challenging home environments resulted in unprecedented behavioral issues that most educators felt ill-equipped to deal with effectively.

In this edWebinar, Dr. Will Henson, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Dr. Gastrid Harrigan, Principal of Cypress Run Education Center in Broward County (FL), help viewers understand the root causes of many of the most difficult behaviors and the ways in which recent events have intensified these challenges. In addition, they share proven strategies that educators can implement immediately to effectively address challenging behaviors while still holding high expectations and providing high support to students.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-12 school and district leaders and special education directors.


Dr. Will HensonAbout the Presenters

Dr. Will Henson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a statewide education consultant to school districts on best practices for supporting students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Dr. Henson speaks and gives trainings on topics including paraeducator effectiveness, trauma-informed practices, threat management, functional assessment and best practices in supporting students with emotional and behavioral disorders. His first book, Behavior Support Strategies for Education Paraprofessionals, was published in 2008.


Dr. Gastride Harrigan

Dr. Gastrid Harrigan has been an educator in Broward County Public Schools for over 18 years, as a classroom teacher, Assistant Principal, and currently as the Principal of Cypress Run Education Center in Broward County, Florida. In addition, Dr. Harrigan is an Adjunct Professor of Education at Broward College and Colorado State University Global. He has extensive experience leading and instructing educators at all levels, and has been recognized for his expertise, innovative leadership, and student engagement and academic achievement strategies.


Alia JacksonAbout the Moderator

Alia Jackson has over 25 years of experience working with educational technology professional development and implementation in K-12 school districts across the country. From designing, implementing, and managing professional development programs to planning and rolling out large-scale initiatives in school districts, her experience helps make sure 321 Insight’s products are effective and easy to use.


Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

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321 Insight321 Insight empowers all school staff to better address challenging behavior through bite-sized, on-demand online content and a proven training model. Created by industry experts and experienced practitioners, the organization equips educators with practical, actionable strategies and guidance to support every learner. 321 Insight offers on-demand digital professional development that covers topics including trauma-informed practices, SEL, paraeducator effectiveness, behavior management and support, inclusion strategies, setting boundaries, thinking functionally, support strategies for diverse learners and SPED eligibility, and more.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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