​Distinguished Speakers

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Keynote Speaker ​Dr. ​George Sugai is Emeritus Professor and past Carole J. Neag Endowed Chair in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. His professional interests include effective classroom and behavior management practices, school-wide discipline, social skills instruction, special education, classroom and school climate, and positive behavior supports. He has been a classroom teacher, program director, and camp counselor. Currently, he is senior advisor for the OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (www.pbis.org)
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Keynote Speaker Dr. Rob Horner is an Emeritus Professor of special education at the University of Oregon.  His research has focused on applied behavior analysis, positive behavior support, multi-tiered instructional systems, equity in education, and systems change. He has worked for the past 20 years with George Sugai in development and implementation of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).  Over 26,000 schools are implementing PBIS nationally.  Research, evaluation and technical assistance outcomes from this effort indicate that investing in the development of a positive social culture is associated with improved social, behavioral and academic gains for students. Dr. Horner has been the editor of the Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and associate editor for both the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the American Journal on Mental Retardation. Dr. Horner is an AAIDD Fellow and recipient of the 2002 AAMR Education Award.

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Dr. Kent McIntosh is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oregon and Director of Educational and Community Supports, a research unit in the College of Education. He is Co-Investigator on the OSEP National Technical Assistance Center on PBIS and lead of the Center's Disproportionality Workgroup and has worked as a school psychologist, teacher trainer, and teacher in both general and special education.
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Susan Barrett serves as the Director for the Center on Social Behavior Supports at Old Dominion University and an Implementer Partner with the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). She assists with large-scale implementation of PBIS, partners with researchers to evaluate the impact of PBIS on students, school staff and school communities and serves on the Association of Positive Behavior Supports Board of Directors. She also co-leads the development of the Interconnected Systems Framework, a mental health and PBIS expansion effort. Susan has been published in the areas of large-scale adoption of PBIS, mental health, cost-benefit analysis, advanced tier system development, and adoption of evidence-based practices in schools.
Luke Anderson Ed.S., BCBA is the Director of Prevention Supports and Services for the Placer County Office of Education. Within this role, Luke supports school districts and county offices of education in installing data-driven school-wide systems and practices that aim to support the social/emotional, academic, and behavioral well-being of all students. Luke's role also includes facilitating the Differentiated Assistance process. Luke is a statewide SWIS and I-SWIS Facilitator Trainer. Prior to joining the PCOE team, Luke worked as a special education teacher, behavior analyst, school psychologist, and PBIS Trainer for one of the largest school districts in California.  He has also worked as a lecturer in the School Psychology and Special Education programs at CSU, Sacramento where he taught courses on academic and cognitive assessment. In addition to presenting at numerous state and national conferences, Luke has been an invited speaker at the Mind Institute's Summer Institute, the Northern California LD Association Conference, the CSUS School Psychologist Conference, and the PBIS National Leadership Forum.  
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Jessica Swain-Bradway, Ph.D., is the Executive Director for Northwest PBIS Network.  Jessica is also a mom, a former high school teacher, and deeply passionate about supporting teams to organize their school and classrooms to build pro-social behaviors, positive relationships, and maximize learning time! Northwest PBIS Network partners with universities, departments of education, and regional training providers to build capacity for sustained PBIS implementation in the Pacific Northwest. 
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Patti Hershfeldt, Ed.D, is the Co- Director of the Center for Social Behavior Support at Old Dominion University.  Dr. Hershfeldt as an Implementer Partner with the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). In her role with the Center, she assists with implementation of PBIS by providing training and technical assistance to states and districts, specific to high school implementation, across the country.  She is the co-coordinator of the APBS High School Network. Her research and professional interests include: implementation in high schools, equity, youth voice, and coaching.