Alison and Katherine are the founders of Healthy Minds, Safe Schools and offer diverse perspectives on school safety and student well-being. They are also the authors of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in Secondary Schools: The Definitive Guide to Implementation and Quality Control (Routledge), an innovative how-to guide to help school leadership teams build foundational supports and tiered interventions, in a preventative and responsive framework, to provide students the academic, social-emotional, and behavioral learning opportunities they need to thrive in the 21st century. Based on their insightful grounded theory of LIQUID (leadership, inclusiveness, quality control, universality, implementation and feedback looking, and data-based decision making), the authors demonstrate how every school can successfully replicate and customize best practices in a school setting by reallocating existing resources and growing multi-tiered systems of support in their secondary schools’ practices and cultures. Alison and Katherine demystify the steps needed to have significant impact within schools, from supporting educators and families to advocating for evidence-based policies and practices. Additionally, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in Elementary Schools: The Definitive Guide to Implementation and Quality Control (Routledge) is due for publication early 2020.
Meet our Amazing Team!
Katherine A. Dockweiler, Ed.D.
Katherine A. Dockweiler, Ed.D. is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and policy researcher committed to the improvement of education systems. She is a practicing school psychologist and works primarily with English language learners in high-needs communities. She also serves as a member on the National Association of School Psychologists Communications Committee and as the Director of Government and Professional Relations for the Nevada Association of School Psychologists. She is actively involved in advocacy and policy making and recently served on Governor Sandoval’s Statewide School Safety Task Force in Nevada. She also regularly conducts program evaluations at the state and district levels as well as for nonprofit education organizations. Dr. Dockweiler developed the Layers of Analysis Framework, a methodological tool for deconstructing policy text in education at the text, policy, and societal levels to determine micro- and macro- implications. She is also a Founder and Program Director for the Nevada National Board Professional Learning Institute, empowering teachers as leaders and learners.
Alison G. Clark, Ed.S.
Alison G. Clark, Ed.S. is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and family wellness instructor dedicated to increasing high quality evidence-based instructional opportunities with evidence-based outcomes to high-risk youth in public schools by systemically implementing organizational changes relative to making multi-tiers of support sustainable in large school systems. She has successfully contributed to creating and sustaining successful models of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) in elementary and secondary schools. Alison is the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award awarded by the Nevada Association of School Psychologists. She is a practicing school psychologist in inner-city, high poverty, and minority communities. She has coached school administrators and teachers in Positive Behavioral Instructional Supports (PBIS) and classroom management as a trainer of trainers, facilitated school-wide intervention programs and implementation with data-based outcomes, and engaged in leadership training in psychological services, PBIS, and MTSS models district-wide. Other areas of expertise include psychological and educational assessment and interpretation, educational planning, behavior modification, threat assessment and evaluation, crisis counseling and mental health support, child and family counseling, parent engagement, and family wellness.