APBS Webinars

The Tacoma Whole Child Initiative: A Roadmap for Sustainable City-Wide Transformation

Greg Brenner

Greg Brenner, Ph.D.

Monday, February 5th, 2018 3:30–5:00 pm Eastern Time

Whole children, those who are academically successful with positive mental well-being and social health, achieve higher graduation rates, contribute to the community and lead happy, productive lives. The Tacoma Whole Child Initiative (TWCI) covers a decade-long roadmap for school and community transformation that leads to youth and adult success. To be successful, our city schools and community partners must embrace a common vision, language and implementation processes to sustain city-wide transformation. To this end, we describe the data, systems, and practices across four transformative shifts—schools, community organizations, families, and neighborhoods.

Dr. Gregory J. Benner is a Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Strong Schools at the University of Washington Tacoma. Dr. Benner specializes in preventive, systemic, and sustainable approaches for meeting the needs of the whole child, particularly those with emotional and behavioral disorders. He has a knack for collective impact—getting whole communities, including families, child welfare, mental health, and schools on the same page to meet needs of the whole child.

Registration for this webinar is now open!

Cost: Free for APBS Members and $75 for Non-Members

Register for the webinar here: http://www.cvent.com/d/qtqcpd/4W

2017/2018 Upcoming Webinars

Month Date Confirmed Start Time Presenter(s) Webinar Title
July July 10th 3:30 EST Kathleen Ryan
Angela Preston
Supporting Effective Practices: An Overview of Active Implementation Frameworks and the Hexagon Tool
August August 9th 3:30 EST Mitchell Yell RTI, MTSS, and PBIS: Federal Laws and Guidance
September September 14th 3:30 EST Brian Gaunt Aligning RtI and PBIS: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for an Integrated MTSS
October October 24th 3:30 EST Kent McIntosh PBIS and Equity: Neutralizing Implicit Bias in School Discipline Decisions
December December 5th 3:30 EST Maureen Conroy BEST in CLASS: A Tier-2 Intervention for Young Children with Chronic Problem Behavior
January January 29th 3:30 EST Meme Heineman Applying Positive Behavior Support in the Context of Family Lives
February Feb 5th 3:30 EST Greg Benner The Tacoma Whole Child Initiative: A Roadmap for Sustainable City-Wide Transformation
March March 7th 3:30 EST Terry Scott Effective Responses to Student Escalation: Adult Behaviors as Predictors for Student Success
May May 21st 3:30 EST Lynne DeSousa Integrating Trauma-Informed Approaches With PBIS Within an MTSS Framework

Past Webinars

Past webinars are accessible to APBS members in the Member Webinars and Archives (login required).

Distinguished Speakers

A distinguished presenter is a leader in the field who, based on both their acknowledged expertise in the field and generosity, have either; 1) waived honoraria at an APBS sponsored event, 2) re-directed honoraria from a presentation that they provided to APBS and/or 3) have donated their honoraria following a presentation to APBS. APBS wishes to acknowledge and thank each of the following Distinguished Presenters.


Steve Goodman

Laura Riffel

Susan Barrett

Lucille Eber

Kelly Perales

Stephanie Martinez

Devon Minch

Jessica Swain-Bradway


Leanne Hawken

Kent McIntosh

Joe Lucyshyn

Kelsey Morris

Jeff Sprague


Rose Iovannone

Lucille Eber

Chris Borgmeier

Catherine Bradshaw

Sandy Hardee

Lana Asuncion-Bates

Laura Riffel

Kathleen Lynne Lane


Rob Horner

Anne Todd

Terry Scott


Mark Durand

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