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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Building Equity and Belonging Within a Multi-tiered System of Support

Date: Friday - September 24, 2021
Time: All Day
Location: One-Day Virtual Workshop
Morning and Afternoon Sessions

Building Equity and Belonging Within a Multi-tiered System of Support 

One-Day Virtual Workshop 

September 24, 2021

Morning and Afternoon Sessions 






Who Should Attend

This skill-building workshop is intended for administrators and counselors who oversee programming around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and Social Emotional Learning as well as k-12 educators with interest in these areas.

Workshop Agenda

9:00-9:30             Gathering, Welcome and Introductions

9:30-11:30            Using Multi-tiered System of Support As a Tool for Equity

11:30-12:30           Lunch

12:30-1:00           Q&A and Discussion (optional)

1:00-3:00             Student Engagement and Re-Engagement in a Multi-tiered System if Support

3:00-3:15             Wrap up and Closing



Morning and Afternoon Workshop Descriptions

Morning Session:

Using Multi-tiered System of Support As a Tool for Equity

Presented by Bridget Walker PhD, Sound Supports and Jerome Hunter, Co-founder of the Seattle School for Boys

This session will examine how schools can use a Multi-tiered System of Support to achieve greater equity for all learners in schools. Equity is deeply embedded in the MTSS framework which, at its core, provides a set of systems, structures, and practices to build a positive, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for each student. Attendees will leave with strategy, practices and systems changes that a school should consider to achieve high equitable outcomes.



Afternoon Session:

Student Engagement and Re-Engagement in a Multi-tiered System of Support

Presented by Lori Lynass EdD, Sound Supports andDorothy Bearson, LMHC and NCSP, Brooks Powers Group

This session will start by focusing on using relationship and community building strategies to create strong student engagement. We will then examine how to support school staff when a student becomes disengaged. We will focus on collecting data around and determining the function of student’s school refusal behavior, and how to support re-engagement from a systems framework. We will identify specific strategies and practices grounded in the MTSS/PBIS framework that school personnel can use to increase their intentional approach to increase student engagement, whether in person, or in a hybrid setting.




Lori Lynass, Ed.D., Owner and Executive Director, Sound Supports K-12  

Dr. Lynass has 22 years of experience working to support student, families and schools. She has worked directly with over 1,000 schools, in over 100 districts and 3 state departments of education on their implementation of academic and behavioral systems of support. Dr. Lynass’ previous career have included being a special education teacher, a research scientist at the University of Washington and the executive director of the NorthWest PBIS Network. Dr. Lynass has overseen and coordinated grants related to academic and behavioral systems and interventions in schools and also actively disseminates results through presentations and publications. Dr. Lynass has taught courses in Special Education as an adjunct professor for the University of Washington, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University.


Bridget Walker, Ph.D., Associate Director of Sound Supports K-12

Dr. Walker has over 25 years of experience in the field of education and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Washington. She has extensive experience helping district and school teams develop and sustain systems and strategies to effectively support students with academic, social emotional and behavioral needs across all three tiers of support, including academic supports, social emotional learning, trauma informed and restorative practices. She also works with districts to help them evaluate and improve their programs for students with significant emotional and behavior disabilities.

Earlier in her career she served as a special education teacher, day treatment teacher, district behavior specialist, state PBIS project coordinator as well as a teacher educator in the areas of K-12 instruction and special education (at the University of Washington and Seattle University). Dr. Walker has managed a number of state and federal research and implementation grants. She frequently disseminates results in professional publications and presentations. In 2011, she was awarded the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Champion Award by the Northwest Positive Behavior Supports Network for her work in supporting districts and schools in the implementation of tiered systems of support.


Dorothy Bearson, LMHC and NCSP, School Re-Engagement Specialist at Brooks Powers Group

Dorothy Bearson is a licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified school psychologist and teacher who earned her Ed.S in School Psychology from the University of Washington. Over the years Dorothy has worked in a wide range of grades, at both public and private schools in Washington. This has expanded her knowledge of school-based needs for our children. Her work as a Behavior Specialist in the school’s added to her expertise in building child-based intervention plans, teaming with school staff and providing counseling in the school setting. In addition, she worked in community mental health at Comprehensive Mental Health in Tacoma. Her work there included direct counseling for students with Depression, Suicidal Ideations, Self-Harming behaviors, Anxiety, ASD, ADHD and Emotion Regulation difficulties as well as providing DBT and Social Skills group therapy. In her current role at Brooks Powers Group Dorothy provides in-clinic and in-home counseling services including individual, family and parent support. She also works closely with a local district to build and implement programs meant to support students who struggle to get to school every day. The focus in this work is on the daily engagement of every student in their academic setting in a positive way. Together with the Brooks Powers team Dorothy is always working towards the goal of fostering positive mental, social and academic health for our community’s children.


Jerome Hunter the co-founder and Chief Academic Officer at Seattle School for Boys

Seattle School for Boys encourages and inspires students to become compassionate and intellectual leaders. A proponent of healthy boyhood and its importance in an equitable society, Jerome believes that young men can move beyond the confines of traditional masculinity and toward a holistic version of themselves. After teaching humanities in Seattle Public Schools and volunteering with My Brother’s Keeper, Jerome was driven to address the unique challenges facing boys today. Seattle School for Boys is in its third year and serves a diverse community of middle-school-aged boys in South Seattle.




NWAIS Attendees: $125


Non-NWAIS Attendees: $175


Early Bird Discount

To receive the early bird discount registrations must be completed through the online registration system by the appropriate deadline. NWAIS schools are now able to qualify for the early bird rate if their registration is complete by the deadline and they have noted that payment will follow by check. For non-member schools and those paying by credit card, online registrations must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.


Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by September 20, 2021 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after September 20, 2021 are ineligible for any refund.

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