PLC MasterClass Groups
PLC MasterClass Groups with Dr. Howie Knoff
With over 40 years of experience in schools across the world (and every state in the United States), Dr. Howie has been mentored and worked alongside some of the greatest experts and best minds in the field of school improvement and effective school and schooling processes. He has also learned hands-on lessons through his work--especially what to do and what NOT to do.
Dr. Howie brings this expertise to his specialized PLC MasterClass Groups, where he shares his experiences and expertise so that participants can go to THE NEXT LEVEL in hours and not days, days and not months, and month and not years.
Critically, these PLCs are organized so that you are not only learning from Dr. Howie, but you are also learning from other experienced practitioners, and you are learning about yourself!
Join One of Our High-Level PLC MasterClass Groups TODAY !!!
SIX WEEKLY SESSIONS for EACH PLC. . .
EACH 90-Minute Session contains up to a ONE-HOUR MasterClass from Dr. Howie (and MORE) !!!
A FREE BONUS for Every Sign-Up !!!
NEW School Psychology Professional Growth PLC MasterClass:
Starts: Week of June 1
The "Expanding My School Psychology Professional Role" PLC MasterClass
This PLC MasterClass is open to School Psychologists.
This MasterClass Group will learn, discuss, and know how to: (a) Take stock of your current professional and personal strengths and assets; (b) Evaluate the current strengths, gaps, and needs in your current work setting; (c) Collaborate and communicate with pivotal groups, teams, supervisors, and administrators in your work setting--making you indispensable; (d) Facilitate the planning needed to bring teams and units within your work setting to the "next level of excellence"; and (e) Integrate your desired expanded role(s) and services into a realistic Implementation Plan.
Examples of our Past PLC MasterClass Groups
April 15, 2020:
We are currently offering THREE EXCLUSIVE Six-Week PLC MasterClasses
They each begin the Week of April 27, 2020, meet (via Zoom) once per week for approximately 90 minutes, and will end the Week of June 1, 2020.
The School Discipline, Classroom Management, and Student Self-Management PLC (Dealing with Disproportionality)
This PLC Mastermind is open to District/School Administrators, Assistant Principals/Deans, Related Service Professionals (e.g., school psychologists, counselors, applied behavior analysts, others), and classroom teachers.
This Mastermind Group will learn, discuss, and know how to implement ways to: (a) Create Shared Leadership and Staff Buy-In; (b) Establish Positive School/Classroom Climates and Prosocial Interactions; (c) Nurture Student Accountability through the Behavioral Matrix Process; (d) Create Safe Common School Areas; and (e) Plan for Realistic Implementation.
The Administrators' Pandemic Planning and School Re-Opening Support PLC
This PLC Mastermind is open to District Leaders and Supervisors, School Principals, and School Assistant Principals/Deans.
In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the forthcoming re-opening of schools (including this Fall), this Mastermind Group will learn, discuss, and share issues and solutions regarding: (a) Curriculum and Instruction (including via distance learning platforms); (b) Students' Health, Mental Health, and Wellness (including the involvement of your mental health specialists); (c) Assessing for and Intervening with an Academic Pandemic "Slide"; (d) Re-establishing Safe, Prosocial, and Supportive Common School Areas and Classroom Climates; and (e) Developing a Multi-Tiered Service and Support Plan for realistic implementation.
The "Expanding My Professional Role" Related Services PLC
This PLC Mastermind is open to Related Service Professionals (e.g., school psychologists, counselors, social workers, special education teachers, others).
This Mastermind Group will learn, discuss, and know how to: (a) Take stock of your current professional and personal strengths and assets; (b) Evaluate the current strengths, gaps, and needs in your current work setting; (c) Collaborate and communicate with pivotal groups, teams, supervisors, and administrators in your work setting--making you indispensable; (d) Facilitate the planning needed to bring teams and units within your work setting to the "next level of excellence"; and (e) Integrate your desired expanded role(s) and services into a realistic Implementation Plan.
About Dr. Howie
Howard M. Knoff, Ph.D. (Howie) is the creator and Director of Project ACHIEVE, and an internationally-known innovator and hands-on practitioner in the areas of:
- District/School Success, Continuous Improvement, and Turn-Around (ESEA/ESSA)
- Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, and Shared Leadership (Committees/PLCs)
- School Discipline, Classroom Management, and Student Self-Management (PBIS/SEL/PBSS)
- Special Education (IDEA) Planning and Implementation: Multi-Tiered (MTSS/RtI) Services and Supports for Academically Struggling and Behaviorally Challenging Students
- Curricular Alignment, Differentiated Instruction, and Academic Interventions for Struggling Students
- Social, Emotional, and Behavioral (Social Skills) Instruction, and Strategic/Intensive Interventions for Challenging Students
- Conference Keynotes and Professional Development/In-Service Workshops
- Due Process Hearings and Special Education Litigation (Expert Witness Testimony and Representation)
- Grant Writing and External Funding Support
Over the past 40+ years, Howie has implemented Project ACHIEVE components in thousands of schools or districts— training in every state in the country. He has also been awarded over $40 million in federal, state, or foundation grants for this work. Awarded grants include: Safe Schools/Healthy Students, School Climate Transformation, Elementary and Secondary Counseling, Title I, Safe and Drug-Free School, and MetLife grants.
Howie served as the Director of the State Improvement Grant (SIG)/State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) for the Arkansas Department of Education—Special Education Unit from 2003 through 2015. Here, he was directly responsible to the state's Special Education Director, and his Project ACHIEVE program was the foundation for the state's PBIS, Multi-Tiered Services (MTSS), and school improvement process (for all Focus schools).
Before his work in Arkansas, Howie was a university professor for 22 years (leaving as a tenured Full Professor) at two Research I institutions—the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, and the State University of New York at Albany. At USF, he was the Director of the School Psychology Program for 12 years, and he established and directed its Institute for School Reform, Integrated Services, and Child Mental Health and Educational Policy for over a decade.
Dr. Knoff received his Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University in 1980, and has worked as a practitioner, consultant, licensed private psychologist, and university professor since 1978. He has authored or co-authored over 25 books, published over 100 articles and book chapters, and delivered more than 4,000 papers and workshops in the U.S. and abroad. He worked with the Department of Defense Dependents School District during Desert Storm in 1991, has collaborated with the Southern Poverty Law Center, and has been an expert witness in federal and state court innumerable times, largely representing special education and other students in need.
A recipient of the Lightner Witmer Award from the American Psychological Association's School Psychology Division for early career contributions in 1990, Dr. Knoff also is a Fellow of that Division, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, a Licensed Psychologist in Arkansas, and he has been trained in both crisis intervention and mediation processes. Frequently interviewed by the media, Dr. Knoff has been on the NBC Nightly News, numerous television and radio talk shows, and he was highlighted on an ABC News' 20/20 program "Being Teased, Taunted, and Bullied." Finally, Dr. Knoff was the 21st President of the National Association of School Psychologists which represents over 25,000 school psychologists nationwide.