Leveraging Community Partnerships to Improve Student Access to Behavioral Health Services

Molley Perry, Chief Administrative Officer, College Station ISD
Chrissy Hester, Director of Student Services, College Station ISD
Kendra Couch, Mental Health Coordinator, College Station ISD

Despite the growing need for behavioral health services, many families experience difficulties in accessing counseling for their students. Learn how College Station ISD identified a need to help reduce barriers and adjusted policy and regulations to accommodate the provision of private practice counseling services within their schools.

All Means All: Creating Equitable Academic Opportunities for Students

Charissa Govan, MTSS Director, Dallas ISD
Melissa Stadtfeld, Strategic Accounts Manager, NWEA

Administering a norm-referenced universal screener provides stakeholders with a snapshot of student achievement amongst like peers within the district and across the nation. In this session participants will learn how the NWEA MAP Growth assessment is used in Dallas ISD as an instructional tool to provide tiered supports for students. The session will also explore how screening data is used to provide support at the district, campus, and classroom levels.

Structures to Support Equitable Instruction for English Learners During the Pandemic

Carlene Thomas, ESL Program Coordinator, Texas Education Agency

Join this engaging session that explores implementation of strategic, effective structures essential to supporting academic achievement of English language learners. Participants will walk away with practical ways to systematize targeted instructional methods that lead to linguistic progress and academic achievement for ELs.

Designing Resiliency for Students, Schools, and Communities

John Shiver, Principal, Stantec
Diego Barrera, Senior Associate/Senior Designer, Stantec

COVID-19 forced districts to pivot to virtual learning in response to the global pandemic. As a result, the pandemic has impacted and changed many of the physical, social and emotional aspects of learning. This session will explore the need for developing resiliency in students, schools, and communities in order to be prepared for natural and man-made disasters. This session will explore how building resiliency for students, schools, and communities impacts academic, social, and emotional learning.

Hope Squad Peer to Peer Suicide Prevention Program

Holly Ferguson, Superintendent, Prosper ISD
Alexis Webb, Director, Program Evaluation and Curriculum Support, Prosper ISD
Tony Cooper, Teacher/Coach Hope Squad Advisor, Prosper ISD

Hope Squads seek to reduce self-destructive behavior and youth suicide by training and creating change in schools and communities. They can increase inclusion throughout the school, train students to recognize suicide warning signs, and build positive relationships among peers to facilitate acceptance for seeking help. Hope Squads work to change the school culture reducing stigmas about mental health.