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Fall Midwest 2018 Conference Confirmed

MTSS and Diversity: Trauma-Informed, Evidence-Based Practices for One and All!

In May, 2018, 400 educators attended our 2-Day MTSS conference entitled "Doubling Down on MTSS Success." We delivered content that was found useful by practitioners at the early and more advanced stages of MTSS implementation. Feedback was positive and people wanted "more," given that no single person could attend all sessions. Furthermore, we had a waiting list of more than 100! Therefore, our group has decided to offer another 2-day professional development opportunity in Naperville.

Most of our May Keynotes that targeted components of successful MTSS implementation will be offered again,but as Break Out sessions. This way, educators looking to get better at key components and/or refine their current practices can get their needs met. Previous attendees may also go to sessions they missed the first time. Most importantly, we will be offering Keynotes AND Breakouts on topics that typically are NOT standard MTSS training content:


Knowledge of trauma impact is not enough unless it is paired with evidence-based practices that can address the social-emotional and educational impact of trauma. Learn about these practices from Dr. Clayton Cook.


In too many MTSS professional development activities, the importance of socio-economic, cultural, and linguistic diversity gets left behind or treated as an exception to implementation. We believe that these topics need explicit attention. Learn about issues of diversity, including teams and teaming, and interventions for high risk males from Drs. Alisia Moutrey and Ramel Smith. Learn about effective practices for EL from Drs. Scott Baker and Doris Luft Baker.


Legal compliance is often cited as a barrier to MTSS implementation, whether in providing more intensive general education intervention, special education eligibility, 504 plans, behavior supports, and special education practices. Learn about these practices from our nation's leading special education law authority, Dr. Perry Zirkel.

These nationally recognized experts and other members of our group will bring practices that are scientifically sound, yet practical to your implementation efforts.

Join us by Registering and making Payment Arrangements at dbcconferences.com.

Attendance is limited and we expect to fill all available spaces within 45 days of initial announcement. We are already approaching 50 attendees in our first week!

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Educational Service Center 20 in San Antonio

January 10th and 11th, 2019

The state of Texas remains under pressure from a variety of audiences, including the TEA Corrective Action Plan and dyslexia advocacy groups to better serve at risk  students or students with disabilities AND better prepare all students for post-secondary and work place environments.

Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS), also known as Response to Intervention (RTI), when implemented with fidelity, provides schools an opportunity to address many of these pressures. 

In collaboration with Educational Service Center 20 (ESC-20) Data-Based Conferences is bringing 2-days of professional development by nationally recognized presenters to San Antonio, Texas. Our presenters meld a strong research base with careful attention to practicality, striving to bring high quality training to practitioners at the lowest possible cost. Attendance is $300.

With careful attention to Child Find Issues that are customized for Texas' Corrective Action Plan, attendees will learn: 

  • Behavior support strategies to improve school climate
  • Legal issues in special education eligibility
  • Research-based reading/language arts to improve outcomes across ALL Tiers, including special education 
  • Simple and scientifically sound basic skills screening for early intervention and to determine when disability may be suspected
  • Progress monitoring across Tiers and programs 
  • Special education assessment practices for specific learning disabilities (SLD), writing more time and cost efficient IEP goals to ensure scientifically sound progress monitoring and revision of IEPs when appropriate
  • Secondary MTSS

All training content will be delivered within a "how to" perspective, delivered by presenters who have supported schools in more than 40 states in their MTSS efforts.

New Orleans

April 11th and 12th, 2019

We are beginning the planning process for our 5th annual MTSS/RTI Conference in New Orleans. Again, our themes will be "something old" so that early implementation interests are addressed (as well as providing a booster shot for schools farther along) as well as "something new" so that there is always something more to learn. Stay in touch.

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