University of Vermont

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)

BEST: Building Effective Support For Teaching Students With Behavioral Challenges

BEST/MTSS Summer Institute 2018

Keynote Presentations

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Literate Student Engagement in EVERY Classroom, EVERY Lesson, EVERY Day!

Kevin Feldman

Meaningful literate engagement is absolutely foundational to effective instruction. In this presentation participants will receive a practical “engagement tool kit” that is directly transferable to any classroom from Kindergarten pre-reading to High School Physics. Using classroom video, structured simulations and interactive discussion participants will “learn by doing”. A particular emphasis will be placed on how to develop a coherent faculty-wide focus resulting in a significant increase in student engagement across the school.

Specific topics to be addressed include:

  • What is literate student engagement?
  • An engagement “tool kit” for every classroom
  • Keys to “precision partnering” & structured group work
  • Using an engagement observational tool to provide teachers actionable feedback
  • Developing student “voice” & self-assessment
  • A “game plan” for getting ALL teachers on the same page re: literate student engagement


Dr. Kevin Feldman is the Emeritus Director of Reading and Intervention with the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) and an independent educational consultant working with publishers, schools, and districts across the country and in Asia. Dr. Feldman serves as lead consultant to a number of RTI/CCSS Instructional improvement related projects around the country supporting a rigorous effort to improve content area literacy or Tier 1 instruction in grades K-12.

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Sailing Toward Sustainability by Integrating Social and Academic Systems

Kent McIntosh

Without a focus on systems of implementation, even effective practices are likely to be abandoned. One method for increasing sustainability is to integrate social behavior support systems (such as PBIS) and academic systems into a single, integrated multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS). This presentation will describe how separate initiatives can be merged into a single, integrated MTSS without creating a shipwreck.


Kent McIntosh, Ph.D., teaches and conducts research in the areas of positive behavior support, equity in school discipline, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions in schools. He is Director of Educational and Community Supports, a research unit in the College of Education, University of Oregon.






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