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Principal presents at conference

Jordak Elementary School Principal Michelle Nizen presented at the 2019 OCALICON (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence) conference held Nov. 20-22 in Columbus, Ohio.

OCALICON is the nation’s premier autism and disabilities conference where thousands of people from around the world come together to learn and share about the life-long needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and sensory and low-incidence disabilities.

Mrs. Nizen was invited to the conference as a guest presenter and spoke on the innovative practices being employed in the Cardinal Local School District surrounding Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) – frameworks outlined and mandated by the state department of education for supporting both the academic and behavioral needs of students.

With the help of State Support Team Region 4, Mrs. Nizen highlighted the variety of supports that Jordak has put into place for students, as well as support throughout the district in a session entitled “Integrating Tier 2 Behavioral Practices.”

In addition, Mrs. Nizen highlighted Cardinal’s journey to becoming one of just a few schools in Ohio to earn a District Award for PBIS with each of the district’s three buildings earning state recognition of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards at Jordak, Cardinal Middle School and Cardinal High School, respectively. This is the second consecutive year Cardinal has received a District Award for its PBIS implementations, just one of 10 districts in the state to do so.

The district was recognized for its PBIS implementation efforts and received its awards at the PBIS Recognition, Visitation and Showcase in Dayton, Ohio on Dec. 11.

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