The 16th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, Washington, D.C., February 20-23, 2019

APBS 2019 Conference

APBS 2020, March 11-14, Miami, Florida

5/14/2019, 4:24:29 PM

APBS 2019 is now over.  Many thanks to all the volunteers, staff, and attendees who made our experience in Washington, D.C. this year so wonderful!  APBS 2020 will be held March 11-14, at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, Florida.  The Call for Papers for APBS 2020 will open sometime in mid-June 2019.  Hope to see all of you next year on the beach in sunny Miami!

APBS 2019 Reminders

2/19/2019, 2:49:11 PM

We look forward to seeing you this week in Washington DC!

We hope you're as excited as we are about the 16th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. To make sure you have the best possible experience, we'd like to go over a few last minute housekeeping items.

Check in begins at 11am and goes through 6pm tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20th and resumes again at 7am Thursday, February 21st. Check in and onsite registration are on the Constitution Level of the Grand Hyatt Washington.

Don't forget to download the conference mobile app - in your app store search AttendeeHub (one word) and then choose the app CrowdCompass AttendeeHub. Once installed, within the CrowdCompass AttendeeHub app, search for APBS2019 (capitalization counts) to download this year's conference information. All the most current and correct conference information will be on the app.

Finally, We are going completely paperless this year. As we mentioned above all the most current conference information including session times, rooms and session descriptions are available there. IN addition to the full agenda program on the conference mobile app mentioned above, here is a link to download a PDF of the Agenda Program: APBS 2019 Agenda Program.

APBS President's Welcome

2/1/2019, 11:29:47 PM

Welcome to the 16th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support in Washington, DC!

We are very excited about the 16th International Conference on Positive Behavior support. We have an impressive list of speakers and a wide range of presentation types and topics that will hopefully meet everyone’s expectations. For the first time, our opening General Session will be a panel of esteemed leaders in the field who will be addressing how Positive Behavior Support aligns with Social Emotional Learning. Panel members include Tim Knoster, Renee Bradley, Mark Weist, and George Sugai. This is an event that you will not want to miss. On Friday, our keynote will be Dr. Nirbhay Singh who will talk about the integration of Mindfulness with Positive Behavior Support.

There are incredible practitioners and researchers in our field who make significant contributions each year that further our knowledge and understanding of PBS and its impact on individuals and systems in diverse contexts. The winner of the 2019 Dr. Edward (Ted) Carr Initial Researcher Award is Dr. Blair Lloyd who is with the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Two individuals were selected to receive the Dr. Edward (Ted) Carr Early Career Practitioner Award. They are Dr. Jim Finch, the Principal at Mary Persons High School in the Monroe County School District, Forsyth, GA and Dr. Ruthie Payno-Simmons with the Michigan Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative. This year, APBS has a new award that recognizes an individual whose leadership has had a direct influence on overall PBS application. We are pleased to give this award to Dr. Renee Bradley, a program specialist with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Please congratulate our award winners and make sure to attend their sessions.

Finally, APBS would not have a conference if we did not have individuals who put in the hard work to make sure that it is a valuable and pleasant experience for all. First, please take a moment to thank the 100+ volunteers who will be wearing a blue volunteer ribbon on their name badge. We also need to extend a huge "thank you" to Ilene Page, Meeting Planner, Gretchen Hess, Volunteer Coordinator, Deb Hartman, Conference Assistant, and Crystal Andrezze, Membership Data Manager. And of course, we need to thank the Training and Education Committee and Co-Chairs, Don Kincaid, Shanna Hirsch, and Tim Moore for their service in conference planning.

If you are not a member of APBS, we strongly encourage you to become a member today. Perks include discounted conference registration rates, unlimited access to all recorded sessions offered at this conference, no-cost registration to attend live webinars with renowned presenters, opportunities to give input on important issues related to APBS, and a subscription to the highly respected Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.

Thank you again for participating in the 16th International Conference on Positive Behavior support!

      —Dr. Rose Iovannone, President, APBS Board of Directors

You Can Still Register for APBS 2019

1/28/2019, 4:57:27 AM

Online registration at the pre-conference rate ended on Sunday, January 27 at 11:59pm Eastern. You can still register for the conference at the onsite rate by filling out this registration form completely and then sending it attached to an email to Crystal Andrezze at For more information, please visit the registration page.

APBS 2019 Call for Papers is Now Closed

9/10/2018, 5:50:58 PM

The APBS 2019 Call for Papers closed on Saturday, September 8th, 2018, at 5pm Eastern Daylight Time. Notification of selection for the 16th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support will occur in late October 2018. A draft agenda for the conference will appear on the agenda page in mid-December 2018. Please check the tables on the call for papers page for more important dates related to presenting at APBS 2019. Thanks to all those who submitted proposals!