MTSS: Identify, Respond, Prevent and Intervene for a Positive School Environment

January 10, 2023

Episode 252

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Description: Dr. Gregory Leskin and Georgia McKown define and discuss multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) and child initiated harmful behaviors. Then, they elaborate on how MTSS can benefit military-connected students and the importance of collaboration between families and schools to build upon strengths and resiliency.

This episode was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Hurlburt Spouses Club.


Show Notes:

Book: “School Supports for Children in Military Families” by Dr. Pamela Fenning 

MCEC Global Summit Pre-Conference PD Sessions 

Preparing Communities to Support Military Connected Youth: Lessons Learned from the Field- Session 1


Preparing Communities to Support Military Connected Youth: Lessons Learned from the Field Session 2



Dr. Leskin

Dr. Gregory Leskin is licensed clinical psychologist and serves as Director, NCTSN Military and Veteran Families and Children Program and the Academy on Child Traumatic Stress at the UCLA/Duke University’s National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. Dr. Leskin directs the NCTSN/DoD Academy on Child Trauma, an online training and social media platform developed to train DoD Family Advocacy Program staff clinical skills related to child trauma and behavioral health prevention for military families and children. Previously, Dr. Leskin has worked as a Clinical Researcher and Director of Clinical Training at the National Center for PTSD, Stanford University and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He completed a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) post-doctoral fellowship at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA Medical Center. Dr. Leskin has written, consulted, and lectured on a number of clinical topics, including risk factors facing military-connected children, combat-related PTSD, impact of deployment on families and children and promoting psychological resilience and well-being. He is the primary developer for the MiTi Kids program bringing together Military Informed and Trauma informed Principles for organizations to serve the needs of military and Veteran Families.


Georgia McKown

Georgia McKown is the Director of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation at MCEC. Her work experience prior to this role included instructional design, pre-service teacher education, and elementary education. Georgia is currently finishing her PhD in Learning Sciences at Clemson University, where she has focused on education of military-connected children, education technology, and teacher preparation.


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