November 15, 2019

This workshop is full. Please contact Cindy at to be added to the waiting list. Thank you!


Registration: 8:00 a.m. Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join Speaker: Jed Baker, Ph.D.


Individuals on the autism spectrum and those with behavioral challenges often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety. The second part of the presentation details strategies to motivate individuals to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills into the natural setting and increase acceptance and tolerance from peers. Information will be imparted though lecture, interactive exercises, and video clips.

Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award winning author of 8 books, including Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond; No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior; No More Victims: Protecting those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators & Scams; Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens; and School Shadow Guidelines. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.

November 19, 2019

Registration: 8:00 a.m. Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

PRESENTED BY: Kylie Kosmacek, M.Ed., BCBA Behavior Facilitator, Westside Community Schools, Omaha, NE

This training will cover the history, use, and implementation of Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT). DTT is a highly structured teaching methodology derived from the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). It is a method of teaching skills by breaking them into smaller teachable parts, in a structured format, with errorless learning. Participants will walk away with the knowledge of how to use DTT in their classrooms to assess skills using an expedited assessment and data collection structure, as well as how to use DTT to teach the skills identified.

December 06, 2019

Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

What is Universal Design for Learning?

Join Tara McCarthy (Adapted PE Teacher of the Year 2018/19) to:


  • Discuss examples of UDL

    • Visual, Spoken, Tactile, Movement, Written, Large Text, Braille, Digital

    • Physical Movement, Auditory, Reinforcement, Equipment, Environment

  • Talk about multiple means of representation and the childhood brain

  • Discuss Disabilities

  • Fun with Acronyms – Table Activity

  • Discuss Accommodations vs. Modifications

  • Application of UDL Principals

  • Physical Movement, Auditory, Reinforcement, Equipment, Environment

  • Application of Engagement

January 06, 2020

Registration: 8:00 a.m. Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

January 06, 2020

Registration: 12:00 p.m. Presentation: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

January 16, 2020

PBIS Coaches Network Meetings- Classroom Practices: A Stronger Tier 1 Starts in the Classroom

Presentation: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Want to learn more about tiered social-emotional-behavior supports?  Or need a re-boost or just want to maintain fidelity in implementing social-emotional-behavioral tiered supports?  Join us for free opportunities to learn from Midwest PBIS Network staff and other schools in the area.  There are four opportunities throughout the school year.  Each meeting has a content topic and allows for time to network with others.  Visit Midwest CNM page for topics, materials and registration.


Audience:  Schools at any stage of implementation tiered behavior supports (e.g.: PBIS, MTSS, RtI-behavior).  Behavior team coaches and/or team members, administrators, teachers are all welcome!


*Four Rivers and Quincy Public Schools are co-host for these events.  Participants are encouraged to join all four meetings in both locations.  Our goal is to increase opportunities for networking and learning from schools in larger region.

January 29, 2020

Four Rivers Best Practice Procedures

AM Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  -  PM Presentation: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Four Rivers Supervisors will review best practice for writing secondary transition plans and their importance to the students' IEPs.  They will also provide information about assistive technology, what devices and services are included and where the information goes in the IEP.  They will share information about how well written present level information can help in writing student goals and they will also discuss when an amendment is appropriate and when it is not.  New procedures for assembling amendments will be presented with an easy step by step check list to
ensure accuracy. Finally, they will answer any questions or concerns brought up by the participants about anything related to IEPs, Embrace and special education.

February 26, 2020

Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Presented by Jenn Skalitzy from Infinitec

Illinois recently changed legislation pertaining to assistive technology. This presentation will provide participants with a clear, legal, definition of assistive technology, and assistive technology consideration in the IEP process. Furthermore, information will be provided as where to document assistive technology devices and services within the IEP once it is deemed appropriate for a student. Resources will be provided to assist IEP teams with compliance for AT consideration, documentation and new legislation. Finally, a continuum of light to high technology tools for reading and writing will be demonstrated.

Participants will be able to:
 Understand the law as it pertains to assistive technology and assistive technology consideration.
 Know how to appropriately consider assistive technology for students.
 To list 3 assistive technology tools to support reading and 3 to support writing.

March 11, 2020

Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Presented by Bethanie Tucker,  based on the book by Ruby Payne



Address anger, anxiety, and violence in the classroom with strategies and best practices that work in classrooms. Under-resourced students, wealthy students, and students in all demographics can benefit from calming and healing techniques as Ruby Payne, author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty, shares in this book.  It:

  •  Provides understandings of origins of anger, anxiety, and avoidance

  • Gives a language to talk about brain regulation, integration, and emotional competence

  • Provides tools for educators to address and reduce anger, anxiety, and avoidance

  • Helps educators manage the “classroom dance” that occurs between the educator and the students

  • Provides the tools to motivate good behavior

Identifies the differences in male and female emotional processing

April 01, 2020

Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Martha Burns


This course will review new research on Executive Functions including Self Regulation, Delayed Gratification, Organization and Problem Solving skills. The content will include brain research on how EF skills mature in children and adolescents to enable purposeful, goal oriented behavior for academic success.  Research on best practices for building
EF’s as well as methodology shown to decrease behavioral problems like impulsivity and aggression will also be covered.

April 22, 2020

Presentation: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Participants in this session will:
• Experience simulations for the stages of acquiring a new language
• Practice strategies to promote oral academic language and vocabulary
• View research and resources for supporting students’ home languages in the classroom
• Experience lessons that incorporate oral language, reading and writing across the content
TARGET AUDIENCE: Teachers, Interventionists, Educators and Practitioners who Support Multilingual Learners in Grades 4-8. NOTE: Participants are required to bring a laptop to this session to participate in activities and access resources.

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