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Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders Spacer P.O. Box 1683, Manhattan, KS  66505, 785-539-5252
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Join us for the

2016 Conference on Behavior Issues
for School Leaders

October 6 & 7, 2016

12604 Quivira Road
Overland Park, Kansas 66213

Accommodations at Hilton Garden Inn Olathe, KS, I-35 & 119th Street

Conference Flyer & Online Registration


Intended Audience. This conference is designed for Principals, Assistant or Associate Principals, Deans of Students, Lead Teachers, Behavior Teams, Special Education Directors or Coordinators, and other building leaders.

Keynote Presentations
Leadership, PBIS, and Sustained Implementation

George Sugai, Ph.D., Professor Special Education, Carole J. Neag Endowed Chair; Director, Center for Behavioral Education and Research; Co-Director, Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports; University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports are currently being implemented in many schools across the globe. One of the critical components in successful implementation is the role of school leaders in supporting these efforts. Dr. Sugai will address this issue and what we have learned regarding the important components of sustaining implementation over an extended period of time.

A Function Based Thinking Approach to Behavioral Response to Intervention
Kaye Otten, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education and Behavioral Consultant, University of Central Missouri, Kansas City, MO

Function based thinking empowers all educators to provide behavior support more effectively to all students by considering why problem behaviors occur. During this session, core components and crucial concepts of incorporating function based thinking into the behavioral response to intervention process will be described. 

Full details for the conference can be found at School Leaders Conference

Save the Date

35th Annual Midwest Symposium for Leadership
in Behavior Disorders
February 23, 24, 25, 2017

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
2345 McGee Street; Kansas City, Missouri 64108

For the 35th year, the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders will address cutting-edge issues of interest to professionals working with students with emotional/behavioral disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Our comprehensive, three-day program starts with workshops on Thursday, followed by keynote, breakouts, posters, exhibits and more.

Serving Youth with Significant, Intensive or Complex Emotional/Behavioral Needs

Each of the keynote speakers will give a brief summary of the most critical issues involved in serving youth who need intensive or specialized programming.

Part 1: Missing the Mark: Our Failure to Meet the Needs of Students with EBD, Richard Van Acker, Ed.D. is an Emeritus Professor of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Part 2: Building Resilience: Connecting the Environment, Brain Development, and Human Behavior, JoAnne M. Malloy, MSW, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

Part 3: Developing and Sustaining an Effective Program for Serving Student with Serious Emotional and Behavior Problems, Vern Jones, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of Education at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon

Part 4: Two Trojan Horses and Grandma's Vase: Legal Gems (and Traps!) in Special Education, Daniel Stewart, J.D., Ph.D., is a supervising attorney at the Minnesota Disability Law Center (DLC), which is part of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.

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Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.
1971 - 2016

Gallup Senior scientist, Shane Lopez passed away this weekend. We lost a best friend and brilliant psychologist who spend his best years contributing to the science and application of strengths, engagement and well-being. He brought together prominent psychologists in the earliest years of positive psychology summits at Gallup. He was at the forefront of the Gallup Student Poll and included much of his own hope research with Gallup's best student engagement work. He designed strengths intervention studies underway at the University of Nebraska that will continue his work in the coming years. His favorite work spot in the world was the Gallup Riverfront atrium, where he could enjoy the buzz of a thousand friends. (continue reading)


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