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Checking In on Behavior: 5 Ways to Improve Student Outcomes with Behavior Supports

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Checking In on Behavior: 5 Ways to Improve Student Outcomes with Behavior Supports

Presented by Sonja Davidson, Director of Student Advocacy Services, Ogden School District (UT); Jennifer McComas, Director of Special Education, Heath City School District (OH); and Guadalupe De La O, Assistant Principal of STEM and Scholar Culture, Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 4 (CA)
Moderated by Nick Woolf, Playbook Content Director, Panorama Education

Sponsored by Panorama Education

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Research shows that disproportionality in exclusionary discipline represents one of the most significant problems in education. As part of a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), these Tier 1 practices set the foundation for the entire system and focus on setting clear expectations for behaviors and implementing procedures and practices for teaching the emotional and social skills needed for positive behavior. View this edLeader Panel to learn five significant ways to improve student outcomes with behavior supports including Behavior-Specific Praise, Visual Aids, Positive Home Contact, Take a Break, and Social Contract. We also share how to:

  • Streamline and unify your behavior reporting
  • Create a shared understanding of incident data
  • Implement behavior-specific praise and report on its impact

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders.

About the Presenters

Sonja Davidson is the Director of Student Advocacy Services for Ogden School District. Sonja has been an educator in Ogden District for 18 years, and prior to this role, she was an elementary school principal, an administrative intern, an instructional coach, and a special education teacher. Sonja holds a special education teaching license, as well as endorsements in English as a Second Language, Reading, and K-12 School Administration. She has a Master’s in Education for Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Utah and is trying to get motivated to go back to school for a doctorate. Sonja believes strongly in the power of systems and relationships in leading transformational school and district change.

Jennifer McComasJennifer McComas has been the director of special education for Heath City Schools for the past nine years. Previously, she was the co-director and supervisor for Pickerington Local Schools and before that an intervention specialist for Berne Union Local Schools. She has taught or supervised a variety of students with disabilities, including emotional disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities, and learning disabilities. In administrative positions, she has been in charge of the MTSS teams focusing on academics as well as social/emotional/behavior. Beyond work, Jennifer enjoys life with her blended family of five kids, which this year includes a kindergartner, a freshman, and a senior!

Guadalupe De La OGuadalupe De La O is currently an Assistant Principal of Scholar Culture at Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 4. As a science teacher in South Central Los Angeles for ten years prior to school administration, equity and access for all learners have always been the driving core values for her “why” in education. She is currently passionate about the post-pandemic opportunity to rethink and redesign school systems with a human-centered approach and an emphasis on belonging for all stakeholders.

Nick WoolfAbout the Moderator

As Playbook Content Director, Nick Woolf connects educators to hundreds of instructional resources, social-emotional learning activities, academic interventions, and behavior management strategies that are designed to support students’ academic growth, behavior, social and emotional well-being, and engagement. Prior to Panorama, Nick served as the SEL Coordinator for Burlington School District where he focused on creating a comprehensive system for SEL in grades PreK-12.

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Panorama EducationPanorama Education partners with K-12 schools and districts across the country to collect and analyze data about social-emotional learning, school climate, family engagement, and more. With research-backed surveys and a leading technology platform, Panorama helps educators act on data and improve student outcomes. Panorama supports 15 million students in 21,000 schools and 1,500 districts across 50 states.


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