• Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders (TECBD)

    Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders (TECBD)

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Heather Griller Clark




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Dr. Robert B. Rutherford, Jr.

Memorial Fellowship in Special Education

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2021 TECBD Keynote Speaker, Jeffrey Sprague, Ph.D.

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University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior

Title: A Tale of Three Tiers: Lessons learned about Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and What We Need to Know Next

Abstract: Educators in today’s schools and classrooms are seeking support and training to adopt and sustain effective, cost-efficient school-wide, classroom and individual student positive behavior support practices. In addition, educators increasingly recognize the critical role of parent/family involvement and support in the process of adopting and implementing school wide climate and discipline approaches. At the same time, schools are also struggling to integrate positive school discipline practices and social-emotional learning in a pressurized context of reducing exclusionary discipline while maintaining high stakes academic outcomes for an increasingly diverse and at-risk population. This session will highlight some big ideas from research on these issues, including what is known (and not known) about PBIS effectiveness, promising practices and outcomes in reducing exclusionary discipline practices, and research on teacher wellbeing as a variable in understanding barriers to implementation of evidence-based practices.

Bio: Jeffrey Sprague is an academic expert in school violence, school safety, positive behavior interventions and supports, multi-tiered support systems, alternative education, and juvenile delinquency prevention and treatment. He is a professor of special education and the director of the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior. Jeff is a contributor to "Early Warning, Timely Response," and the "1998, 1999, and 2000 President’s Annual Reports on School Safety." He has written a book on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design for school administrators and has authored a book on school safety. Jeff recently completed a research project from the National Institute in Drug Abuse to conduct the first randomized control trial of the effects of Positive Behavior Supports in middle schools. He is also co-principal investigator on five Institute of Education Sciences Goal 2 development projects focusing on PBIS in schools, Response to Intervention for behavior, classroom management, student self-management and PBIS implementation in juvenile justice settings.


Thursday, November 18, 2021: In-person @ Tempe Mission Palms

Conference Registration - 8:00 AM — 5:00 PM

  • Pre-conference Workshops - 9:00 AM — 12:00 PM
  • Lunch on your own - 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
  • Keynote Address: Dr. Jefferey Sprague - 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM
  • Conference Sessions - 2:30 PM — 5:30 PM

Friday, November 19, 2021: In-person @ Tempe Mission Palms

Conference Registration - 8:00 AM — 5:00 PM

  • Conference Sessions - 8:00 AM — 11:00 AM
  • DEBH President's Luncheon: Kimberly Vannest & Brian Barber - 11:00 AM — 1:00 PM
  • Conference Sessions - 1:00 PM — 5:00 PM
  • White Rhino Social - 5:00 PM

Saturday, November 20, 2021: Virtual Only

Online Conference Sessions - 8:00 AM — 4:00 PM (MST)

  • DEBH Sponsored Virtual Workshops
    • 9:00 AM — 12:00 PM - PBIS AZ
    • 1:00 PM — 4:00 PM - Fostering Resilience in Students with EBD

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