​Distinguished Speakers

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​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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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 is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic PBIS Network at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore Maryland. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and certification in Special Education, having served as a teacher, administrator and coordinator with Sheppard Pratt Health System since 1993. Ms. Barrett is working with the OSEP Technical Assistance Center on PBIS as an implementer partner. She assists with large-scale implementation of SW-PBS by providing training and technical assistance to states and districts across the country. She works with Johns Hopkins University, University of Virginia and University of New Hampshire to evaluate the impact of PBIS on students, school staff and school communities. She also serves on the Association of Positive Behavior Supports Board of Directors. She co-leads the development of the Interconnected Systems Framework, a mental health and PBIS expansion effort as well as serving on a National Coaching workgroup to develop systems coaching materials, tools and curriculum. Susan has been published in the areas of large-scale adoption of SW-PBS, mental health, cost-benefit analysis, advanced tier system development, and adoption of evidence-based practices in schools.
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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.