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Tier 1 Forum

July 31, 2018 - August 2, 2018

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This two- or three-day event (based on your choice of Strand – see below) is designed to facilitate team learning and planning around Universal or Tier 1 Virginia Tiered System of Supports – Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (VTSS-PBIS) practices. Division leadership teams and school leadership teams, including building principals, are invited to attend.

This year, the Tier 1 Forum will have three concurrent “strands” to accommodate the needs of your division and schools. Division Leadership Teams should collaborate with their VTSS Systems Coaches to identify the most appropriate strand and who should attend.

Who Should Attend Each Strand?

Strand 1 – Professional Learning for New Teams

This three day event is best for those school teams and division support personnel who are new to VTSS-PBIS implementation. It is appropriate for schools or divisions to send new team members of an existing team if a learning partner accompanies them from the team who is familiar with the current level of implementation. For a more detailed understanding of the content covered in the Tier 1 Forum, please read an Excerpt from Tier 1 Workbook Icon .

Strand 2 – Booster Session Enhanced with Trauma Sensitive Practices

This three day event is best for those school teams and division support personnel who have already attended the Tier 1 professional learning for new teams and have had experience implementing Tier 1 behavior practices. It is designed to help school teams identify how to build a Trauma Sensitive School (TSS) within a multi-tiered system of support framework. Participants will gain a foundational understanding of the prevalence of trauma and evaluate the impact it may have on their educational community.

Using a function-based lens for implementation, participants of this workshop will recognize how a school may incorporate trauma-sensitive practices at the Tier 1 level in data-informed decision making, professional development, behavioral expectations, routines and procedures as well as feedback and acknowledgement.

Strand 3 – Booster Session Enhanced with Culturally Responsive Practices

This opportunity is best for those school teams and division support personnel, who have already attended the Tier 1 professional learning for new teams, have had experience implementing Tier 1 behavior practices and believe cultural responsiveness is a priority for ensuring student growth and success. This two-day event (July 31st and August 1st) is designed to help school teams address issues of equity by utilizing the VTSS-PBIS framework. Participants will analyze cultural responsiveness within their school’s culture and explore ways to strengthen and support the equitable educational experience of every student. The workshop will help participants build skills to initiate and facilitate discussions designed to build a school culture in which every one is heard, valued, and empowered.

How to Register

Thanks to all who registered for all three strands of the Tier 1 Forum. All registrations are now closed and, happily, all those on the wait list are now able to attend. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we cannot accommodate walk-ins for this event. We look forward to seeing you at this and future professional learning opportunities.

For questions about registration, please contact Jackie Lewis at (804-828-1482) or ude.u1558550732cv@nj1558550732siwel1558550732.

Note: Photographs and/or videos may be taken at this event to be used in a photo gallery, either on the VTSS -RIC or VDOE websites, or in a display via social media sources. If you do not want to be included in photos or videos, please contact us at ude.u1558550732cv@ci1558550732rsstv1558550732.

As a professional courtesy, if you are unable to attend please contact us as soon as possible at ude.u1558550732cv@ci1558550732rsstv1558550732.

Important Links and Documents:

  • Agenda (Coming soon!)
  • Materials (Coming soon!)

Event Details:

Parking: free on the property

Meals: Lunch is included for all three days, and a continental breakfast for days two and three. Dinners are not included.


  • Tuesday, July 31
    Check-in: 8:30 a.m.
    Session Start: 9:30 a.m.
    Session End: 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 1
    Check-in and Networking Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. (see below)
    Session Start: 9:00 a.m.
    Session End: 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 2
    Check-in: 8:00 a.m.
    Session Start: 9:00 a.m.
    Session End: 3:00 p.m.
  • Note: Principals, Assistant Principals and division leaders and coaches are invited to attend the networking breakfast listed under Wednesday’s times. More information is forthcoming.


July 31, 2018
August 2, 2018
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