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Dr. Daniel Crimmins, PresenceLearning Webinar Presenter Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick, PresenceLearning Webinar PresenterThe use of reactive disciplinary approaches such as seclusion, restraint, and out-of-school suspension has gained much attention recently, with numerous exposes, government reports, and proposed federal legislation. There is compelling evidence that these approaches are often dangerous for students and create a negative school climate. The challenge to schools seeking to reduce their use of these procedures is determining what their teachers and staff will do instead. Positive behavior support strategies offer an evidence-based alternative that emphasizes prevention of challenging behavior and systematic instruction in positive social skills. By embracing these new approaches we will experience improved school climate and learning environments that foster student achievement and enhanced morale for school personnel and families.

Presenters: Dr. Daniel Crimmins and Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick

About the Speakers:
Daniel Crimmins, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability and Professor of Public Health at Georgia State University and the author of Positive Strategies: Developing Individualized Supports in the Schools

Michael Gamel-McCormick, Ph.D. is Assoc. Executive Director for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and is a co-author of Young Children with Special Needs: A Developmentally Appropriate Approach and numerous articles on early intervention.

Learning Outcomes:
After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the relationships between disciplinary approaches and school climate – both negative and positive.
  • Understand the tiered system of positive behavior intervention and supports.
  • Identify at least one system-level, small-group-level, and individual-level intervention applicable to the participant’s school setting.


Time-ordered Agenda (90 minutes) *All times Eastern time

  • 1:00 - 1:10pm Restraint and seclusion in schools: federal policy, history, and state-level context
  • 1:10 - 1:38pm Understanding the history of reactive school discipline codes, negative consequences and challenges of a reactive approach
  • 1:38 - 1:55pm How to implement multi-tiered positive behavior support plans and functional behavior assessments
  • 1:55 - 2:10pm Steps and necessary components for positive behavior supports to create a sustainable improvement in school climate
  • 2:10 - 2:30pm Audience Q&A
Positive Behavior Strategies: The Real Road to School Climate Change

Financial Disclosure:
Dr. Daniel Crimmins received a consulting fee from PresenceLearning, Inc. for his presentation for this webinar and receives a salary from Georgia State University where he is a Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health.
Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick received no compensation from PresenceLearning, Inc. for his presentation for this webinar and receives a salary from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities where he Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy
Nonfinancial:
No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists for Dr. Daniel Crimmins or Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick.

This webinar is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)