A Video Message from Marty Huitt, BIST Director

As we approach winter break, we want to take a moment to revisit our three equalizers: early intervention, common language, and processing. These are three critical components for our adult community to continue to work towards consistency with students.

You may not have a lot of time to have conversations about this at this point in the school year, but as we approach a new calendar year, we encourage you to make it a top priority for conversation at the adult level.

Thank you for all your hard work so far this year. Have a great holiday break!


Early Intervention Tips

  • Early Intervention is critical to everything else we do in our school.

  • Ensure that all staff clearly understands “One redirect, then take action.” Action does not always equal a Safe Seat.

  • Are we as a staff committed to intervening early on?

  • Reinsert why the Safe Seat is not a punishment. "I’m moving you to a Safe Seat to increase your chances of making good choices for yourself and increase self-control."

Common Language Tips

  • Common language increases predictability, helping students trust adults more quickly.

  • Are we as a staff on the same page with student expectations?

  • Do we all commit to being visible, aware, and intervening with students in common areas?

  • What will we say/do when students are not meeting expectations?

  • When I sound like your teacher, even though you may not know me, it’s easier to trust me.

Processing Tips

  • Processing builds partnerships and holds students accountable.

  • Are all staff members committed to processing with students?

  • Remember that processing is not a kind lecture.

  • Ask questions to keep students engaged and focus on their behavior, not the teacher’s emotions.

  • Processing creates a coaching environment and allows kids to change.

  • Focus on reconnecting the relationship – holding you verbally accountable, and coaching into a new skill.

Upcoming Events

BIST Leadership Conference

January 19-20, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Start the new year with an inspiring two-day leadership conference to address how to grow the capacity of educators in four key areas:

philosophical foundation, common language to resist student resistance, planning for individual students to increase success, and outlasting for sustainable transformation. This conference features presenters from across the Midwest who possess BIST experience in a variety of school settings from urban to suburban, elementary, and secondary settings.

Registration Fee: $500 per participant

Registration is for both Thursday and Friday. Breakfast and lunch are included on both days. Happy Hour on Thursday, 3 - 5 p.m.

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BIST Vision Team Conference

April 21- 22, 2023

Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

This course is designed to connect Vision Teams from across the Midwest. Participants will learn how to analyze data, build on the philosophical BIST foundation, and problem-solve to meet the needs of our most challenging students. The BIST Vision Team Conference Flyer has additional info about registration fees and times.

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