APBS President's Welcome
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