Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals
PASAP Webinar: "Toward a Common Understanding: MTSS with Susan Tarasevich and Michael McGaughey
Webinar Description: This leading-edge webinar dives into the MTSS framework and clarifies the current vocabulary of PBIS, RtI, and SAP. Further, participants explore the similarities and differences between each of the initiatives. Finally, Titusville School District elementary educators share their journey toward a common framework that addresses academics, behavior and emotional support.
Integrating RtI, PBIS, and SAP within the MTSS framework creates a positive school climate when implemented with fidelity. This session provides participants with knowledge and skills to improve academic, behavioral and emotional support to students and families. An effective and efficient MTSS framework provides for students greater academic and personal success and a safe and supportive school.
Speaker Bio: Susan Tarasevich, Ed.D. Is passionate about providing educators with deep knowledge and easy to implement strategies so they can empower their students to be the best that they can be. A former teacher, school counselor and administrator, Susan brings these skills to her work as a Preventionist for Addiction Medicine Services of WPIC, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Susan supports educators as they build sustainable frameworks for addressing student learning barriers through SAP, PBIS and other initiatives. Her most recent initiative is assisting schools with implementing Trauma Sensitive Practices for teachers, Visit www.susantarasevichtraining.com for more information.
Speaker Bio: Mike McGaughey began his career in 1990 working in Maryland within a middle level Disruptive Youth Program in both Talbot County and Prince George’s County. He also worked with various non-traditional college students at Chesapeake College on the Eastern Shore. In 1994, he returned to Pennsylvania and began working at the Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center. At Sarah Reed, Mike was a residential therapist, teacher, school based mental health therapist, and eventually an administrator of various elementary through high school Alternative Education, Partial Hospitalization, and residential Campus School Programs. Mike also worked as a therapeutic support staff, mobile therapist, and behavior specialist at Sarah Reed. He returned to the public school setting at the Titusville Area School District and began teaching and coordinating their middle and high school alternative education programs. Eventually he became an assistant principal at Titusville High School and the coordinator of the district’s Alternative Education Programs. After four years as an assistant principal, Mike became the principal of Titusville Middle School and continued to coordinate the district’s Alternative Education Programs for nine additional years. In 2014, Mike became the Director of Special Education for the district and continues to be involved with alternative education, Gifted Education, and all aspects of Special Education for the Titusville Area School District.