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Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders Announces. . .

Conference on
Behavior Issues for School Leaders

Save the Date October 6 & 7, 2016
12604 Quivira Road
Overland Park, Kansas 66213

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

2016 Handouts  |  2016 Conference Agenda  |  Conference Flyer 

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.

Conference Goal. The conference will provide evidence-based information and practices to effectively work with students with behavioral challenges and their families. Sessions will be tailored specifically for the needs of building leadership teams who are working to build positive student behavior, and meet the needs of students with behavioral needs in their schools.

Why a Conference for Building Leaders on "Behavior"? The expertise and support of principals, assistant or associate principal, and their leadership teams are crucial in working with students with behavioral needs! Little attention has been paid to principals' needs for knowledge and skills in working with their staff and their students regarding behavior and discipline issues, let alone how to prevent behavior problems and create a positive school climate. In order to meet academic goals for our students and for our schools, improving and supporting the behavior of students in school is an essential prerequisite!

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.

David Bateman, Ph.D.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. 

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP SESSIONS (extra fee applies, lunch included)

1. Overcoming the Challenges of Establishing Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) within the Public School Setting  
This session will present information from two different school systems related to their experiences in developing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS/PBIS) programs within their schools. These school-wide systems of positive support for both academic and social/emotional development are often challenging to implement. This workshop will provide a brief presentation from two school teams followed by an open dialog/question answer session involving the presenters and the participants as they share common concerns and a variety of ideas that may help address these concerns. 

2. Legal Developments in the Education of Students with EBD: What You Need to Know and Why  
Mitchell Yell, Ph.D. Professor, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; Carl R. Smith, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University, Ames, IA; with contributions from Antonis Katsiyannis, Ed.D., Professor, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

In this presentation we will provide an update on legal information that is important to all school leaders and staff of children and youth with behavioral disorders. We will include coverage of recent court decisions, state level due process hearings, policy letters from the U.S. Department of Education, and the law that replaces No Child Left Behind: The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.

3. The Rising Challenge of Behavior & Emotional Needs of Young Children in the Schools
Jen Meyer, Director Kirksville Public Schools Early Childhood Learning Center and Team, Kirksville, MO


Restraint and Seclusion - Reece Peterson, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education, and Elizabeth Kane, University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE

Avoiding Procedural Errors in IEP Development, Part 1 Mitchell Yell, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education, University of South Carolina, SC

Avoiding Substantive Errors in IEP Development, Part 2 Mitchell Yell, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education, University of South Carolina, SC


The Administrator’s Role in PBIS – Trisha R. Guffey, Ed.D., Research Associate, Department of Special Education, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Evidence-based Practices for Elementary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., Consultant, National and International Speaker, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and the Ziggurat Group, Columbus, OH

Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., Consultant, National and International Speaker, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and the Ziggurat Group, Columbus, OH

Give Good Parents Bad News: Improving Communication during a Behavioral Crisis – Brian Sims, Ed.D. Assistant Professor, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS & Kayce Knaup, Ph.D., NCSP Director of Special Education, Fair Grove R-10 Schools, Fair Grove, MO

Put the Cork back in that "Whine": Improving Classroom Management Skills in Teacher so that they can better Address Behaviors with Students – Matthew MCNiff, Ph.D., Behavior Consultant & Special Education Director, Education Service Unit No. 5, Beatrice, NE

Developing Systems of Care to Support Student with E/BD– Kevin Martin, Chief Deputy Juvenile Officer, 2nd Judicial Circuit – Adair County and colleagues

Strategies to Reduce Exclusionary Discipline – Reece L. Peterson, Ph.D., Professor, Special Education and Natalie Hoff, Graduate Student, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


The Problem isn’t the Game, it’s the Playbook: How having a Child with Autism Changed our Lives - Matt & Brenda McNiff, Beatrice, NE

After years of working with children with special needs, Matt and Brenda McNiff were given their very own child with autism. The diagnosis of autism was both unexpected and difficult to overcome. As they managed the news, they found that their playbook, both professionally and personally, was no longer effective. Not only did they find that they needed a whole new playbook at home, they found that it changed the way that they viewed working with other professionals and families of children with special needs. In the short nine years that they’ve been parents of a child with autism, they’ve learned some valuable lessons on how to develop winning teams for children. Join these two dynamic speakers for an inside look at what it’s like to have your life turned upside down only to find that the new perspective is a much better one. 


Early Bird Discounts through Friday, September 23, 2016. Teams of 3 or more receive a 15% discount. (Register Today) 


The Conference on Behavior Issues for School Leaders is MSLBD programed and sponsored event that is located at 12604 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kansas which is on the KU Edwards Campus is located approximately two and a half miles south of Interstate 435 on the south side of Kansas City. Ample free parking is available on campus. (How to get there)


Hilton Garden Inn Olathe, 12080 S. Strang Line Road, Olathe, KS 66062, 1-913-815-2345, approximately 3.75 miles northwest of the KU Edwards Conference Center. For reservations, call the hotel and ask for special prices for the "2016 Midwest Symposium Conference on Behavior Issues". (Hotel Information)

Cut-Off Date: September 16, 2016 - $129.00 per night, plus taxes. Choose one king-sized bed or two double beds with nature inspired soft lighting. Located off I-35 and 119th Street. On-site award-winning hotel restaurant, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse. 24-hour pavilion pantry and business center available. Full Restaurant and Bar are located on site. Fitness center and heated indoor swimming pool onsite. Explore the nearby Bass pro Shops and Northridge Plaza.

A first night’s deposit or credit card guarantee is required with each reservation. This will guarantee the room confirmation. If a cancellation notice is received by our Reservations Department at least 24 hours in advance of scheduled arrival, a full refund will be made. Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and Check out time is 11:00 a.m.


Join speakers, committee, and other conference participants for a social hour at the hotel. Complimentary beverage and appetizers will be provided by MSLBD. Join us!


Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders; P.O. Box 202; Hickman, NE 68372, manager@mslbd.org.

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