2017 Annual TECBD Conference




 2017 Conference Program

 2017 CCBD Saturday Workshops


For information about the conference:
Heather Griller Clark
Conference Coordinator
Email: TECBD@asu.edu
Phone: 480-227-7764

Mailing address:
TECBD Conference
Arizona State University
Attn: Heather Griller Clark
PO Box 875411
Tempe, AZ 85281



Rob Rutherford

Dr. Robert B. Rutherford, Jr.
Memorial Fellowship in Special Education

On Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth

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October 18-20, 2018
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Mission Palms Hotel
Tempe, Arizona

The annual Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders (TECBD) conference is the premier educational research conference for teacher educators working with children and youth with severe behavioral disorders. It was established in Arizona in 1976 by Dr. Robert B. Rutherford with the mission to disseminate quality research in the field and to help students, educators, and university faculty alike. TECBD began it's mission long before support for students with severe behaviors was the norm. It continues to be a leader for showcasing the very best that our field has to offer.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

8AM - 5PM Conference registration
9AM - Noon Pre-conference workshops

Preconference Workshop #1
Looking Beyond the Function Of Behavior: Understanding and Effectively Dealing with Escape and Avoidance Behavior in Students with Challenging Behavior.

Richard Van Acker & Eryn Van Acker, University of Illinois at Chicago

The function most commonly identified by school personnel for the challenging behavior displayed by students results from their desire to escape and avoid the assigned task or activity. Out of fear that allowing the student to escape or avoid will simply negatively reinforce this undesired response, most teachers attempt to compel the student to comply. For many students, this simply results in an escalation of behavior and the development of a potential crisis situation. This pre-conference workshop will explore escape and avoidance; looking at concerns that should be considered when conducting the FBA and providing greater insight to factors underlying the student's escape and avoidance behavior. Effective strategies to address escape and avoidance behavior will be provided. This will be a practical presentation developed to help teachers and school administrators who work with challenging youth and for those who provide pre-service instruction for educators.

Preconference Workshop #2
Returning To Our Roots: Essential Features of Effective, Evidence-Based Interventions for Students with EBD

Timothy J. Landrum, University of Louisville
Lauren W. Collins, University of Hawaii

Students with or at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) present teachers and schools with perhaps the greatest challenges they face, and teaching and managing these students can seem overwhelming. While the challenges are daunting, our research base provides consistent evidence that a few key features are essential to the success of our interventions and instruction. In fact, these essential features are not new; they have been supported by decades of research. Our best interventions are antecedent in nature (i.e., they are proactive strategies teachers use to prevent problem behavior and set students up for academic success), they have an instructional focus (i.e., they focus on actively teaching and reinforcing the academic skills and behaviors we want to see), and they are built on simple behavioral principles that have guided our field for decades (e.g., the concepts of positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, and extinction). In this preconference workshop, we (a) briefly describe a framework for approaching instruction and intervention planning for students with EBD that emphasizes the antecedent, instructional, and behavioral nature of our best interventions; (b) provide specific examples of interventions and instructional approaches that highlight these features; and (c) describe resources—including online resources-- where educators can find trustworthy information about evidence-based practices that offer promise for addressing the most common challenges presented by students with EBD.

Noon - 1PM Lunch on your own
1PM - 2:30PM

Keynote panel
Continued Concerns and New Directions: 40 Years of Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders

C. Michael Nelson, Professor Emeritus University of Kentucky
Mary Margaret Kerr, University of Pittsburgh
Steve Forness, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
Kenneth W. Howell, Professor Emeritus Western Washington University
Dean E. Konopasek, Professor Emeritus University of Alaska Anchorage

This distinguished panel will provide insight on the past, present, and future of significant issues facing the education of children with emotional and behavioral disorders.

3PM - 6PM Conference sessions

Friday, October 27, 2017

8AM - 5PM Conference registration
9AM - 11AM Conference sessions
11AM - 1PM CCBD President’s Luncheon: Dr. Nick Gage
1PM - 6PM Conference sessions
6PM White Rhino Social

Saturday, October 28, 2017

8AM - 11AM Conference registration
9AM - Noon Conference sessions
9AM - 4PM CCBD-sponsored workshops