VBISD Behavior Conference


3rd Annual VBISD Behavior Conference

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Join us for an exciting day of professional learning around student behavior! This year's event features keynote speaker Emily Rubin and nine diverse breakout sessions that participants can choose between to customize their individual learning experience. We hope to see you there!

Date: November 9, 2021

Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: Virtual

Cost: FREE

Continuing Education: 4.5 SCECHs / Social Work CEs

learner engagement teacher-to-teacher mentorship de-escalation strategies self-management supporting sensory modulation secondary restorative practices using preferred interests equity, access, and violence prevention

Keynote Speaker

Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP

Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP is the Director of Communication Crossroads, Inc. in Atlanta, GA. She is a speech-language pathologist specializing in social emotional learning and the importance of creating the conditions for learner engagement. As a former adjunct faculty member and lecturer at Yale University, she has served as a member of their Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. She recently participated as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a committee charged with developing guidelines related to the role of speech-language pathologists in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of ASD. She is a co-developer of the Social Emotional Engagement – Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) professional learning approach and a co-author of SCERTS, a criterion referenced assessment tool and framework for social and emotional development. She lectures internationally and provides consultation to educational programs developing programs for social and emotional learning and engagement in the classroom setting.

The “Why” of Learner Engagement - Finding the Fuel for Learning in the Classroom

As our communities and schools grapple with the mitigation of learning loss due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of learner engagement has become a critical topic of discussion. ​​Findings of research in social neuroscience of social emotional engagement foster our ability to create supportive learning environments where social emotional engagement is a “fuel” for a child’s learning. While standards-based instruction is our focus in the classroom, students are more likely to access the curriculum when they are “invested,” “independent” and “initiating” with their peers and teachers. When school communities gain knowledge of how to measure and enhance student engagement within classroom lessons, we create a positive school climate that is focused on the success of every student. The Social Emotional Engagement – Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) is a professional learning framework and approach that will be shared so that we can follow a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework when enhancing our instruction. Participants will learn about the Social Engagement Ladder, a freely accessible tool for measuring learning engagement and identifying opportunities for enhancing engagement.

Conference Agenda

3rd Annual VBISD Behavior Conference Agenda