2018 Annual TECBD Conference




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 18, 2018

8AM - 5PM Conference registration
9AM - Noon Preconference Sessions

Trauma-Sensitive Social and Emotional Learning Strategies for the Classroom

The purpose of this presentation is to build your capacity to integrate and infuse trauma-sensitive social and emotional learning strategies into your classroom. Strategies for building youth social and emotional learning competencies while maintaining an engaging classroom learning environment will be demonstrated. Techniques for ending power struggles and responding effectively to disruptive behavior will be modeled. In this session, you will get an engaging, user-friendly approach for implementing and sustaining classroom SEL. In this context, the two primary goals of this presentation are: 1) To learn how to build youth SEL competencies through sustained positive interactions; and 2) to enhance your own SEL competencies and end the use of power struggles.

Gregory J. Benner, Ph. D.

The University of Alabama

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

Keynote Address

The most important lesson: Three things every special educator must know.

The challenges in education are large and growing. Shortages of expert educators and leaders, less than ideal conditions and public uncertainty about the value of public education could signal a time to throw in the towel. Fortunately, challenges are also opportunities for leadership in implementing change and defending the art and science of the profession. Join us in a Keynote to remember those things you know and learn some things you didn’t about special education for students with EBD.

Kimberly Vannest, Professor Texas A&M University

Dr. Kimberly Vannest is a Professor in the Special Education program within the Educational Psychology Department of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. Her research interest involve the prevention and treatment of emotional and behavioral problems in children and youth, the identification of evidence based practices, and single case experimental design methodology. She is an advocate to improve the supports and training for the teachers and clinicians who provide these services through online and on-demand professional development. She has published more than 100 academic works including journal articles, encyclopedias, books, book chapters, software, and parent guides. She has served as a PI or external evaluator for 16 grants totaling more than 6 million dollars in funding from organization such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the Texas Education Agency. She has also received awards and fellowships for her teaching and service. She currently serves as an associate editor, editor, or reviewer on nearly a dozen journals across the fields of education, psychology, and measurement.

3PM - 6PM Conference sessions

Friday, October 19, 2018

8AM - 5PM Conference registration
8AM - 11AM Conference sessions
11AM - 1PM

CCBD President’s Luncheon
Justin T. Cooper, University of Louisville

Justin T. Cooper is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. He received his Ed.D. in learning and behavioral disorders from the University of Kentucky, his M.Ed. in special education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his B.S. in elementary and special education from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He has been a special education classroom teacher in Utah, Wyoming, and Florida, working primarily with elementary and middle school students with emotional and behavioral disorders. His research interests include school-wide behavior prevention systems, instructional interventions to improve the academic and social-behavioral outcomes of students with challenging behaviors and the effects of teacher behavior on student behavior. He served two terms as a governor-appointed member of the Kentucky State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children, and currently serves as President of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders.


The Importance of Teacher Behavior in Increasing Student Success: Are Teachers Prepared to Meet the Needs of Students with E/BD?

Despite the dissemination of specific instructional practices including High Leverage Practices and other pedagogical strategies that are considered fundamental to the success of students with emotional/behavioral disorders, research suggests that many of these practices are occurring in schools at unacceptably low rates. This keynote will discuss many of these specific teacher-driven instructional behaviors, the paucity of their use, and implications for teacher preparation to alleviate the research-to-practice gap.

1PM - 6PM Conference sessions
6PM White Rhino Social

Saturday, October 20, 2018

8AM - 11AM Conference registration
9AM - Noon Conference sessions
9AM - 4PM

CCBD-sponsored workshops


  • Workshop #1:
    Supporting School Success!
    Feasible Strategies for Supporting Engagement
    Kathleen Lane, Wendy Oakes, David Royer, Eric Common, Mark
    Buckman, & Grant Allen
  • Workshop #2:
    Relating in the Classroom: Best Practices for Effective
    Teacher-Paraeducator Collaboration
    Tia Barnes & Christina Cipriano


  • Workshop #3
    Supporting School Success!
    Designing Engaging Lesson Plans Wendy Oakes, Kathleen Lane, Mark Buckman, & Katie Lane
  • Workshop #4
    Instructing for Social and Emotional Learning Across the School Years
    Brian Barber, Christopher Van Loan, Michelle Cumming, & Daniel Poling