Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #81
CE Offered: BACB
Equity in Education: How to Leverage Existing Systems and Resources to Support Positive Student Outcomes
Saturday, May 27, 2023
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center 401/402
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Tai Collins (University of Cincinnati)
CE Instructor: Tamika La Salle, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: TAMIKA LA SALLE-FINLEY (Georgia State University)

This keynote will focus on breaking the silos that inadvertently separate related and overlapping school efforts to promote positive student outcomes for students with minoritized and marginalized identities. Attendees will learn how to leverage related data to inform cultural responsive and affirming practices with students from marginalized and minoritized backgrounds. Recommendations for practice will be discussed.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

ABA Practitioners, professionals working in schools

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe the impact of school climate on student outcomes- particularly for students with marginalized and minoritized identities; (2) Discuss how to leverage MTSS systems to meet needs at the universal and targeted levels based on relevant and integrated data; (3) Discuss key components of equity, cultural responsiveness and social justice as they relate to school climate
TAMIKA LA SALLE-FINLEY (Georgia State University)
Dr. Tamika La Salle is an Associate Professor of School Psychology at Georgia State University and the Director of the Center for Research on School Safety, School Climate. She is also the editor-in -Chief of the International Journal of School & Educational Psychology. Dr. La Salle’s research focuses on the impact of school climate on the outcomes of students, particularly those with minoritized and marginalized identities. Dr. La Salle also serves as an educational consultant; She Is particularly interested in the impact of culture on students’ educational experiences and on developing and maintaining culturally responsive school environments that are equitable, safe, and positive for students, teachers, and families.



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