Crack the behavior code as speakers explore child behavior from a building, classroom, and individual perspective.

April 27th | 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Thank you to our guest speakers and all who attended!

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA

Keynote: Practical Strategies for Reducing Anxiety and Defiant Behavior in the Classroom
Afternoon Session: Increasing Engagement and Reducing Oppositional Behavior in Students

Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally. Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems. She is the co-author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors.
www.jessicaminahan.com

Mona Burts-Beatty, PhD

An Ounce of Prevention Still Goes a Long Way: Universal Classroom Strategies That Decrease Behaviors and Increase Instructional Time

Mona Burts-Beatty, PhD, is an education consultant with State Support Team 13 and the Intervention and Support Services Department at Hamilton County ESC. She has worked as a practicing school psychologist and supported preschool, high school, private and public settings, juvenile detention centers, and other separate education facilities in Ohio. Mona has experience in strategic improvement planning, Positive Behavioral Intervention Support (PBIS), Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning (FBA/BIP), compliance, equity and inclusion, consultation and data analysis, and progress monitoring. She is also a certificated Fellow of Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) Network (School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Certificate Program).

Stacy Tilford, MEd, BCBA, COBA

Decreasing Behavior Through Relationship Building: A Practical Model

Stacy Tilford, MEd, BCBA, COBA, is a behavior analyst who has worked in the field of special education for eighteen years, helping children with a wide range of abilities uncover their true potential through behavioral and academic interventions. Stacy has served as an intervention specialist, special education teacher, behavior specialist, and behavior coach at the University of Cincinnati, The Kelly O’ Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and a variety of school settings. She holds an undergraduate degree in early childhood education from Miami University, a master’s degree in special education from Xavier University, and a graduate certificate in behavior analysis from the University of Cincinnati. Stacy is dedicated to using her training and experience to improve the lives of the students, teachers, and families she has the privilege to serve.


AGENDA

8:00 am – 8:30 am | Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:30 am – 8:45 am | Welcome and Introduction with Mindy Fischer

8:45 am – 10:45 am | Keynote: Practical Strategies for Reducing Anxiety and Defiant Behavior in the Classroom

Keynote Speaker: Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA

As one in four children struggle with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults need a new approach and effective strategies that work. Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy-to-implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions to reduce anxiety and increase self-regulation, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring in students.

10:45 am – 10:55 am | Brain Break

10:55 am – 11:40 am | An Ounce of Prevention Still Goes a Long Way: Universal Classroom Strategies That Decrease Behaviors and Increase Instructional Time

Speaker: Mona Burts-Beatty, PhD

Most educators do not receive adequate classroom management training prior to beginning their teaching careers and feel unprepared for the demands of managing student behaviors in their classrooms. As social-emotional and mental health needs escalate, educators need effective, efficient, and easy-to-administer strategies to build classroom management capacity and increase support for students with diverse behavioral and social-emotional needs. Participants will learn universal effective classroom management strategies designed to prevent and intervene, as well as establish an environment conducive to instruction and learning.

11:40 am – 12:50 pm | Lunch

12:50 pm – 2:35 pm | Increasing Engagement and Reducing Oppositional Behavior in Students

Keynote Speaker: Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA

Among the many reasons new teachers leave the field within their first five years, disruptive students are on the top of the list. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social and behavioral problems in school. Traditional suggestions such as incentives, offering breaks, graphic organizers, or even checklists will not help the student initiate an activity. In this workshop, participants will learn to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions to reduce oppositional behavior and increase student work engagement, initiation, persistence, and self-monitoring.

2:35 pm – 2:45 pm | Brain Break

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm | Closing: Decreasing Behavior Through Relationship Building: A Practical Model

Speaker: Stacy Tilford, MEd, BCBA, COBA

As school professionals, we have heard time and again that relationships matter. But what does that mean practically? How do we build relationships with our students? And how much does the quality of our relationships with our students really impact their behavior? Participants will explore information from a study that examines the impact of relationships on behavior and walk away with a practical step-by-step model for improving relationships with students in a school setting.


Hamilton County ESC Spring Symposium
April 27th, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Hamilton County ESC Conference Center
11083 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

$150 per person
(5.5) Contact Hours available to all participants
The cost includes CEUs for BCBAs and Social Workers.

The safety and well-being of our employees, partners, and guests is our top priority. We strive to provide a healthy environment that is inclusive for all. Please understand that health-related protocols may be in effect at the time of an event. We will continually assess the ever-changing impact of any health-related concern (such as COVID-19) and may adjust our policies accordingly.

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