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2020 MidSouth School Psychology Conference

When: October 19 – 20, 2020

Where: Virtual on WHOVA and Zoom

Dr. Byron McClure is a National Certified School Psychologist currently serving as the Redesign Student Experience Coach at Anacostia Senior High School. He joined the Redesign Team to influence systemic change at the school-wide level and to ensure students who live in Ward 8 have a high-quality neighborhood school to attend. Dr. McClure has extensive knowledge and expertise in mental health, social emotional learning, psychosocial development, and behavior, which he uses to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally.

He has worked to support students’ social emotional and behavioral needs and has done considerable work advocating for fair and equitable discipline practices for all students, particularly, for students of color and for students with disabilities. He has designed and implemented evidence-based practices such as restorative practices, RTI, trauma responsive practices, and principles of SEL at Anacostia High School. As a result of this work, led by Dr. McClure, Anacostia HS recently won the 2019-2020 Whole Child Award.

Dr. McClure has presented at the NASP national conference in San Antonio, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia, and most recently in Baltimore, Maryland. He was also a keynote speaker at the Florida Association of School Psychologists Summer Institute and recently at the San Diego County Equity Conference.

Deanna Arivett (attorney and former school psychologist) will present two three hour sessions: one on Manifestation Determinations and the other on legal implications of Covid-19.

Deanna consults is an attorney who also provides professional development to educators at national and state conferences. Deanna graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law. She works as an attorney with the law office of Melinda Jacobs PLLC. As an attorney, Deanna was mentored by renowned special education attorney, Melinda Jacobs, and gained experience in consultation, trial preparationm litigationm and professional development in the legal areas of IDEA and Section 504. Prior to her legal career, Deanna obtained an Educational Specialist Degree in school psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. She practiced for six years as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist in Tennessee and in Ohio. 

Brook Shuster is presenting a three-hour training on Functional Assessment Checklist for Teachers and Staff (FACTS), which provides a framework for competing FBAs.

Brooke, M.Ed., BCBA, received her Master's degree in Special Education and Behavior Analysis from Vanderbilt University. She has worked as a special education teacher and as a Behavior Analyst in school districts in Middle Tennessee. 

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