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We are so excited to share about our kick off trainings for the 2016-17 school year! With a renewed emphasis on meeting the unique needs of our member districts, we are offering a variety of trainings in the areas of academics, behavior, and data-based decision making for special and general education students.

Crisis Prevention and Intervention trainings will be facilitated in district buildings to better accommodate staff and to target district-specific populations. A special Crisis Prevention and Intervention training will be offered to target the unique needs of this population.

Breakout sessions for our paraprofessional conference will target areas of growth for staff: addressing challenging behavior, fostering independence in our students, and increasing student engagement--just to name a few! Alan Coulter will be our featured speaker at the Unique Learners’ Conference and the Paraprofessional Conference. Alan is currently the Co-Director of the Data Accountability Center and formerly served as the Director of the National Center for Special Education Accountability Monitoring (NCSEAM), a project funded by the U. S. Office of Special Education Programs and operated by the Human Development Center in New Orleans, LA. Alan’s message will address results-driven accountability, and break out sessions at the Unique Learners’ Conference will incorporate guidance for goal writing and EdSpring.

The focus of Transition Day 2016 will be to provide clear, current, and consistent guidance on transition planning. The day will be divided into two sessions and will address the topics of IEP planning, transition assessments, and due process compliance.  

Our range of trainings is designed to meet needs identified by member districts, help staff implement best practices in education, and keep students at the center of all we do. We look forward to this time together in August as an opportunity for professional reflection, renewed enthusiasm for learning, and advancement toward our common goal of helping all students to achieve their full potential. Registration materials are available on the St. Croix River Education District’s website at under the Professional Learning heading.


“PBIS” is short for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports. This language comes directly from the 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

PBIS is used interchangeably with SWPBS, which is short for “School-wide Positive Behavior Supports.” SWPBS refers to a systems change process for an entire school or district with an underlying theme of teaching behavioral expectations, promoting a positive school culture, providing informative corrective feedback, and acknowledging use of prosocial skills. PBIS is a framework or approach for assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students. PBIS supports the success of ALL students. (

Over the past two years, school-teams from across the SCRED districts have participated in school-wide behavior trainings, and are implementing PBIS at its various stages in their schools. These schools, and their PBIS positive behavioral expectations are highlighted below:

  • Sunrise River Elementary School

    • Be Respectful, be Responsible, be Safe

  • North Branch Area Middle School

    • We R RED: Respectful, Enthusiastic, Determined

  • North Branch Area High School

    • VIKES: Valiant, Influential, Kind, Engaged, Supportive

  • Chisago Lakes High School

    • Go WILD: Wisdom, Integrity, Leadership, Dedication

  • Chisago lakes Primary School

    • The Wildcat Way: Be Respectful, be Responsible, be Cooperative, be Safe

  • Taylors Falls Elementary

    • RIVER Rules: Respect, Integrity, Value, Excellence, Responsibility

  • Chisago Lakes Middle School

    • The High 5: Responsibility, Integrity, Compassion, Commitment, Respect

  • Lakeside

    • Lakeside PRIDE:  Positive attitude, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, Excellence                  

  • Jacobson Elementary

    • We are Tigers! Hear our ROAR! Respectful, Organized, Attentive, and Responsible

  • Pine City Elementary

    • Dragon Zone: Responsible, Respectful, Safe, Cooperative

  • Pine City High School

    • Be Prompt, be Responsible, be Attentive, be Considerate

  • Hinckley Elementary

    • Be safe, be Responsible, be Respectful

  • East Central Elementary

    • Be Respectful, be Responsible, be Ready to Learn

This month's Spotlight on Assistive Technology shines on the:

Watch Minder 3:                                                                                   
The Watch Minder is a simple wristwatch that can easily be programmed to set up discreet vibrating reminders throughout one’s day.  Invented by a child psychologist, the Watch Minder was designed to aid children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder and others with special needs in staying focused, managing their time, and modifying their thoughts and behaviors. 
  • Sports watch for all wrist sizes - perfect for children, teens and adults
  • Rechargeable battery (with charger included)
  • Easy on-screen programming 65 pre-programmed messages to choose from with 30 daily recurring alarms
  • New feature: Create your own personalized messages
  • Helpful training and reminder modes
  • Vibrating alert with "snooze repeat" feature Waterproof
 The assistive technology tool Watch Minder 3 has shown benefit for adults and children in self- monitoring, decreasing need for parent and teacher reminders , increasing organizational skills, schedule management, building independence, reinforcing positive behaviors, medication management, increasing focus and so much more.
To learn more on how to teach students to change behaviors through self-monitoring, click here.
The Assistive Technology closet of the Destiny Library at SCRED currently has one Watch Minder 3 available for trial.  Contact Brenda Collins at SCRED to get on the list to trial for a two week period.
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