PBSI Continues its Expert Lecture Series

Over 175 gathered to learn about positive behavior support.

1 April 2013

The Positive Behavior Support Initiative (PBSI), an ongoing program of the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES), hosted another in its series of PBSI lectures. Dr. Terry Scott, from the University of Louisville, gave one lecture and two workshops during his two-day visit. His presentations included studying teacher-student interactions in the classroom, with emphasis on preventing challenging behavior and teaching social skills as a Tier 2 group intervention.

More than 175 public school teachers and McKay School faculty members attended Scott’s lectures. He discussed teaching social skills, establishing clear classroom expectations, increasing student opportunities to respond, and increasing teacher praise. Scott showed that all of these are evidence-based practices that have the potential to greatly bless the lives of students and teachers in schools. Lynnette Christensen, assistant director of the PBSI said, “Effectively managing a classroom is always a challenge, and Terry Scott is masterful in teaching practical, effective ways for teachers to be successful with students who are struggling academically or behaviorally.”

The PBSI lecture series is designed to support both public school and university educators by bringing prominent national experts to BYU to present on aspects of positive behavior support. “We have begun the Positive Behavior Support lecture series this year as a way to bring increased public awareness and attention to students’ challenging classroom behaviors,” said Paul Caldarella, director of the PBSI. “By bringing in local and national experts the BYU community, and particularly our public school partners, we hope to gain increased knowledge and skills to more effectively prevent such behaviors and intervene with students when these behaviors occur.”

"Effectively managing a classroom is always a challenge, and Terry Scott is masterful in teaching practical, effective ways for teachers to be successful with students who are struggling academically or behaviorally."

Terrance M. Scott is a professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. He has authored over 80 published articles, books, chapters, and training media on a variety of issues in the areas of behavioral disorders and behavioral support systems. He also has conducted over 600 presentations and training activities throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. As a former counselor and teacher of students with serious challenging behaviors, his research interests focus on school-wide prevention systems, the role of instruction variables in managing student behavior, functional behavior assessment/intervention, and scientific research in education.

PBSI is thrilled with the response to the lecture series so far and encourage all who are interested in this area to attend future lectures.

PBSI will hold the next lecture in this series on ­­____________ with speaker ______________ from the University of ___________ focusing on__________________.

April 1, 2013