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Universal Design, Day 3, with Dr. Butterworth

May 1, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

This is a three-day series of workshops over the course of several months intended to provide participants with increasingly complex knowledge and skills to address the behavior support needs of students in their schools and classrooms. Each workshop builds on the information shared by the previous workshop. It is the intent that participants will focus on implementing the variety of strategies shared at each workshop such that, in addition to new information, participants will be able to share their efforts and ask questions during workshop days 2 and 3.

Day 1 (September 12, 2018) focuses on the many “Tier 1”, least intensive, largely preventive classroom/school positive behavior support tools and strategies effective for a majority of students. While they meet the needs of a majority of students, educators they are a requirement for students who make life exciting behaviorally for educators. Included are:

  • Rules and expectations
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Strategies for engaging students through multiple opportunities to respond
  • The power of choice
  • Acknowledging rule following behavior
  • Continuum of responses to rule violations

Day 2 (November 15, 2018) builds on Day 1 by adding more intensive, “Tier 2,” behavior intervention strategies. These strategies are built on an understanding of the underlying function of problem behavior. Included in this workshop are:

  • Understanding the ABCs of behavior
  • Personalized reinforcement strategies
  • Differentiated reinforcement strategies (DRO, DRI, DRL)
  • Self-management strategies
  • Coping strategies

Day 3 (May 1, 2019) introduces participants to two major functional assessment tools, the Initial Line of Inquiry (Knoster & Llewellyn, 2007) and ABC analysis. As a result of this day, participant will be able to conduct functional assessments and generate (a) function-based, (b) “Tier 3”, (c) individual wrap-around, (d) multi-component, positive behavior intervention plans for students with chronic behavior challenges. These students need Tier 1 and Tier 2 strategies, but in and of themselves, they are insufficient to meet their needs.

Jennifer R. Butterworth, Ph.D.
Jennifer R. Butterworth, Ph.D.

Jennifer Butterworth is the Executive Director of EdPro Development, Inc. She transforms learning environments so children and youth can thrive! Jennifer is an established educational leader and professional developer. She is known for her passion toward research-based, data-driven pedagogy to support all students. She is a systems change facilitator with a proven track record of supporting schools and districts to change educational practices, establish systems for supporting practices, and use data collection for ongoing monitoring and evaluation. Jennifer is a dynamic professional developer, presenter, teacher, administrator, entrepreneur, advocate and student champion. Over the past 30+ years, Jennifer has partnered on an ongoing basis with over three hundred schools and hundreds of teachers – general education, special education, and career and technology education, and paraprofessionals, as well as parents – by using evidence-based instructional and behavior support practices uniquely customized to individual students’, teachers’, and schools’ needs. She has (a) taught and co-taught a variety of methods-related courses at the collegiate level, (b) presented at local, state, and national conferences and workshops, and (c) provided ongoing professional development and technical assistance on a wide variety of educational topics. Jennifer received her B.S. from Bowdoin College, her M.S. from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Association for Positive Behavior Support and is a lifetime member of the Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities.


May 1, 2019
8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Chris Hallett, NMEC Executive Director
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UMPI Campus Center
181 Main Street
Presque Isle, ME 04769 United States
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