Conference focuses on supporting positive student behaviors

Roughly 700 educators from Lincoln Public Schools and from school districts across the state gathered at Lincoln Southwest High School this week for the third annual Supporting Positive Behavior Conference.

LPS sponsored the conference, which spanned Wednesday to Thursday and featured more than 40 breakout sessions and keynote addresses from nationally renowned experts in the field of supporting positive student behavior, known as Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavior (MTSS-B). MTSS-B is a research-based framework for proactively teaching and supporting positive behaviors for students. It’s proven to be effective in schools nationwide - implemented by more than 25,000 school districts - often leading to increased student achievement and reduced classroom disruptions and student suspensions.

Robert Horner, a professor of special education at the University of Oregon, is considered one of the country’s leading voices on supporting positive student behavior. He’s been researching and consulting on the topic for more than 30 years and kicked off the conference with the opening keynote on Wednesday.

“Everything that we’ve been doing for the past 30 years is looking at things that you can do to establish a common culture that makes your schools more effective, more efficient and more equitable,” Horner said to the attendees who filled the Southwest auditorium.

LPS is in year six of its implementation of MTSS-B. For more information about MTSS-B and how it’s utilized in LPS:

Published: June 14, 2019, Updated: June 14, 2019

The triangle above represents the three tiers of support offered to students through Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavior, or MTSS-B