39th Annual TECBD Conference

On Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth





  • $250 Full conference - 3 days, preconference workshops, & Friday lunch
  • $225 Basic conference - 3 days & preconference workshops, no Friday lunch
  • $150 One day pass - Choose a day
  • $85 Student registration - with valid photo ID, same as 'Basic Conference'
  • $25 Luncheon - Friday lunch only



For information about the conference:
Heather Griller Clark
Conference Coordinator
Email: TECBD@asu.edu
Phone: (480) 965-5555

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

CCBD Foundation/
Robert B. Rutherford Scholarship
Thursday, Oct. 23


TECBD logo

October 29-31, 2015
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 29, 2015

9am - noon

Pre-conference Workshops

Ashley Hare, Arts Education Program Director, City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture

It's Art! Using the Arts: Power + Healing
When the arts are integrated, collaborative and healthy environments are developed. This allows youth a safe space for expression. Youth with verbal or physical limits find an alternate way to communicate. This preconference session will focus on ways to integrate an arts practice into your work. Guest arts organizations will lead participates through activities they have used in their own artistic work with juvenile corrections, foster care homes, schools, and shelters

Daniel Gulchak & Yadira Flores, KOI Education

KOI! Watch out.PBIS Isn't Just Posters and Prizes: The 4-Part Accountability System Essential for Success
True multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), such as PBIS, require teaching and reinforcing expectations as well as a system for holding students accountable to those expectations. School and district teams participating in this interactive workshop will:

  1. Learn the 4-parts of an accountability/consequence system,
  2. Create a 5-piece behavior flowchart,
  3. Differentiate ODR forms and procedures, and
  4. Master skills to synthesize data for precision decision-making. Gain the Knowledge to improve Outcomes and Impact student achievement.
1 - 2:30pm

TECBD-Doug-Cheney.jpgDoug Cheney, PhD
Professor, University of Washington
A Career in the Profession of Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (E/BD): What I’ve Learned in the Past 40 Years, What I Hope You Know, & What I Hope Happens in the Future for Students with EB/D, family members, and educators.

Dr. Cheney began his career in special education as an instructional assistant at a treatment center in Oregon in 1973. Over the past forty years, he has held positions as a special education teacher, administrator, professor, and researcher. He has also served as the President of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (1998-99); the Editor of the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (2005-10); and the Convention Chair for the Council for Exceptional Children (2012,2013). In this presentation he will provide his perceptions of developments and improvements in the profession related to educating students with E/BD during his career. Next, he will discuss the many contemporary educational challenges for educators who students with EBD, for professors preparing educators for the profession, and researchers who are conducting the cutting edge-studies to identify evidence-based practices. He will conclude with recommendations for the field to enhance the future practices used in educating students with EBD.

3 - 6pm Conference sessions

Friday - October 30, 2015

9 - 11am Conference sessions
11am - 1pm

Luncheon & CCBD President's Address
TECBD-Susan-Albrecht.jpgWendy Oakes
Ariona State University

1 - 6pm

Conference sessions

6 - 9pm White Rhino social

Saturday - October 31, 2015

9am - noon

Special Session - to be announced