General Session Presenters for the 2018 AGC Summer Institute:
Implementing a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to help all students reach the same post-secondary goals requires a long-term strategic plan and an “all hands-on-deck” approach. Participants will learn how to implement RtI and PBIS together as one framework for school improvement, and the benefits it can have for students, educators, and families. Myths and truths about what MTSS is and is not will help clarify MTSS as a “framework,” and not as a program, in which existing school practices are already included. Examples, tools, and resources will be provided to help teachers to analyze data effectively for planning, help administrators strategically plan for a 3-5 year transition to full implementation, and help district and regional support offices match their supports to school implementation needs.
Dr. Gaunt currently serves the FLPBIS project as the Inter-Project Coordinator to facilitate alignment between Florida RtI and PBIS projects statewide, while also providing technical assistance to Florida school districts in the implementation of an integrated MTSS framework. He has 15 years of experience in education and has provided several national presentations and workshop on the topics of RtI and PBIS over the years. His past professional roles have included behavior specialist, early childhood consultant, academic interventionist, school psychologist, RtI Coach, and RtI state regional coordinator.
To read more about Dr. Gaunt, visit http://cfs.cbcs.usf.edu/faculty-staff/detail.cfm?id=1105
Dr. Minch is currently serving as a technical assistance specialist with the Florida Positive Behavior Support: Multi-tiered System of Support for Behavior Project (FLPBS: MTSS) Project. Dr. Minch provides consultation, training and technical assistance to school districts to implement multi-tiered systems of behavior support and assists in developing resources and supports to Florida schools including the PBIS Model School process, classroom PBIS resources, evaluating statewide outcomes for participating districts and schools and supporting family and community engagement in PBIS: MTSS.
To read more about Dr. Minch, visit http://cfs.cbcs.usf.edu/faculty-staff/detail.cfm?id=1158
David Sousa, Ed.D.
Fascinating Discoveries About How the Brain Learns
This interactive presentation will explain why this is an exciting time to be in education. We will discuss what researchers are discovering about how our brain learns, and explore ways we can translate brain research into educational practice so that educators and parents can be more successful with more students. We will examine areas such as attention, memory systems, thinking skills, social growth, and the impact of technology on the developing brain. Some of the applications will be especially helpful for students with learning difficulties. Come join us and participate. There definitely will be some surprises!
Dr. David A. Sousa is an international educational consultant and author of more than a dozen books that suggest ways that educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies to improve learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the pre-K-12 and university levels. His most popular books for educators include How the Brain Learns, fifth edition; How the Special Needs Brain Learns, third edition; How the Gifted Brain Learns; How the Brain Learns to Read; How the Brain Influences Behavior; How the ELL Brain Learns; Differentiation and the Brain, co-written with Carol Tomlinson; and How the Brain Learns Mathematics, which was selected by the Independent Publishers’ Association as one of the best professional development books of 2008.
To read more about Dr. Sousa, visit http://www.apbspeakers.com/speaker/david-sousa