A person runningBEST/MTSS Summer Institute 2016

Strand K

All Means All:
Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors Across Settings

Sarah Schoolcraft and Mandy Couturier


In this strand, participants will explore causes of challenging behavior and delve into strategies, methodologies and tools to design learning opportunities for unique learners. Participants will become familiar with function-based strategies and interventions, and the impact of abuse and neglect on children’s development and opportunities to increase awareness about barriers associated with students’ unique learning needs. Topics will include strengths-based approaches, disability learning characteristics, trauma-informed practices and using the MTSS framework to meet the varying levels of student needs.

Sessions will be a balance of theory, practice and opportunities for planning and collaboration among participants. School-wide, targeted-level and individual interventions, data collection and progress monitoring opportunities and examples from multiple Vermont schools will be shared.


Check back after May 1st


Sarah Schoolcraft

Sarah Schoolcraft is a third and fourth grade teacher in Williston, where she is also the school coordinator for PBIS. The grade 3-8 school is in year five of implementation and has been identified as an exemplar school in VT. Sarah is a certified special educator, has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and enjoys teaching as an adjunct at Champlain College and St. Michael's College. She loves the opportunity to collaborate with other educators and teams from across the state at the BEST conference each year.

Mandy CouturierMandy Couturier is a special educator and behavior specialist at Thatcher Brook Primary School. She is the PBiS Coordinator at Thatcher Brook and has enjoyed revamping and making the system even better over her 8 years there.