W-08: Delivering School Climate Interventions within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This workshop is intended for school psychologists interested in receiving practical guidance on how to address elements of school climate within a multi-tiered system of supports framework. The session will start by building participants’ knowledge of talking points on current research linking dimensions of school climate to the school-related outcomes that busy school leaders most care about, including reducing racial achievement and discipline gaps. Attention will then turn to proving hands-on, practical strategies for identifying measures that effectively capture school climate perceptions among students, staff, and community members; evaluating different sources of local school climate data to inform intervention decisions within and across MTSS tiers; and evaluating school climate improvement programs and curricula for appropriateness to the local context.

Dr. Meagan O’Malley, Assistant Professor of School Psychology at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) is a school psychologist specializing in mental health promotion and violence prevention among children, youth, and young adults. Dr. O’Malley also serves as a technical assistance specialist for SAMHSA’s Now Is the Time (NITT) Technical Assistance Center.