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November 21-23, 2024

Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders

Annual TECBD Conference

The annual Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders 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 Jr. with the mission to disseminate quality research in the field and to help students, educators, and university faculty alike. TECBD began its 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.

This conference will benefit administrators, teachers, behavior therapists, counselors, researchers, or anyone interested in the education of children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders. The conference offers over 150 different sessions on topics related to:

  • Academic interventions
  • Culturally responsiveness in EBD
  • Behavioral interventions
  • Internalizing behaviors
  • Aggression and violence in schools
  • Assessment
  • Restraint and seclusion
  • Research to practice
  • Autism research and interventions
  • Characteristics of students with EBD
  • Multi-tiered systems of support
  • Inclusion
  • General EBD
  • Juvenile justice
  • Transition
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
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Contact us for event information


2024 TECBD Call for Presentations

The deadline to submit a presentation proposal for the 2024 TECBD Conference is May 10, 2024.


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Conference registration

Registration is now open


In-person registration rates
November 21-22, 2024
Full registration: $300
Single day: $200
Non-ASU student: $150

Virtual registration
November 23, 2024: $40

Pay online with a credit card. Purchase orders may be mailed. A copy of the registration form for each attendee must accompany the purchase order.

Mail payments to:
TECBD Conference
Arizona State University
PO Box 871811
Tempe, AZ 85287

Keynote speaker

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Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D. University of South Carolina

Special Education: Someone is always watching!

Drawing on his experiences as a special education teacher, special education professor, due process hearing officer, and expert for the U.S. Department of Justice in cases of discrimination against students with disabilities, Dr. Yell will explain how special educators are always being watched, the most frequent mistakes made by school district personnel in due process hearings, and how we can bulletproof our IEPs. to ensure we deliver special education programming that is educationally meaningful and legally sound.

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Location and accommodations

Tempe Mission Palms

60 E 5th St
Tempe AZ 85281-3602

Hotel rooms are available at the venue for a discounted rate. Reservations are available to convening attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. If calling to make reservations please ask for the TECBD room block.

Reserve accommodations

Airport shuttle information
As a courtesy to hotel guests, Tempe Mission Palms provides daily shuttle transportation to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport every 1/2 hour between 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

If you will not be staying at the hotel, the parking fee is $12 per day for outside guests.

Nearby attractions

  • Hiking at nearby Papago Park
  • ASU's iconic "A” Mountain
  • Visit Tempe Town Lake: This 220-acre urban oasis is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Arizona. Jog or walk along the art-lined paths surrounding the lake that covers nearly 5 miles, or rent a kayak, pedal boat or go paddle boarding.
  • Phoenix Zoo: Home to more than 3,000 animals, with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened or endangered species.
  • Desert Botanical Garden: For nearly 80 years, Desert Botanical Garden has been teaching and inspiring visitors from the local community and around the world, providing research, exhibits and more designed to help us understand, protect and preserve the desert’s natural beauty.
  • Arizona Science Center: Dozens of interactive exhibits, rides and an IMAX theatre fill this 98,000-square-feet venue. The Arizona Science Center has up to nine different demonstrations every day.
  • Musical Instrument Museum: MIM provides a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages with more than 6,800 instruments on display from around the world.
  • Old Town Scottsdale: The Old Town district offers boutique shopping featuring souvenirs, jewelry and art with a Southwestern flair. A density of bars, lounges, restaurants and clubs offer myriad dining and nightlife opportunities. And art fans can peruse the galleries of Main Street.
  • Downtown Tempe and Mill Avenue: Within walking distance of the conference, enjoy over 100 shops, restaurants, nightlife and galleries.
  • Tempe Marketplace: This shopping and entertainment destination is home to H&M, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, Dave & Buster’s, California Pizza Kitchen and a 16-screen Harkins Theatre. Relax with an iced tea while the kids enjoy the splash pad. And, on Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy live music at the District Stage.
  • ASU Gammage: It’s among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world and the home theater of the Desert Financial Broadway Across America — Arizona and the Beyond series. This historic 3,000 seat hall was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • ASU Art Museum: Site for innovation and discovery. From our exhibitions and programs to our collections and initiatives, the museum is internationally recognized as a leader in contemporary art.
  • ASU athletics events.


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Dr. Robert B. Rutherford Jr.

Memorial Fellowship in Special Education

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