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Positive Behavior Support:
Positive Behavior Support is a proactive, consistent approach to school-wide discipline.  Using the PBS model, schools have seen a decrease in challenging behavior and an increase in academic achievement.

PBiS Schools in Nebraska have created a more positive environment for students and staff by establishing, teaching, modeling and reinforcing clear expectations.

This two-day conference will provide a framework and knowledge about Positive Behavior Support and how to develop a process in your school which fosters a positive learning environment.  Fidelity based implementation will provide educators more time to teach and students more time in the classroom to learn.

Who should attend:
For any Nebraska school interested in learning about strategies and the process to implement Positive Behavior Support; superintendents, principals, K-12 regular and special education teachers, counselors, psychologists, allied school staff, parents, pre-service teachers.

This conference will be helpful to schools who want to learn more about what PBS is.  It will also be helpful to schools who already have pieces of PBS in place to further the implementation.

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Clay Roberts
Clay Roberts,
Roberts & Associates

Jeanne Poduska
Jeanne Poduska,
American Institutes for Research

Heather Robbins
Heather Robbins,
Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior

CLAY ROBERTS will talk about how the positive youth development research is changing the way we help young people grow and thrive. In addition, Mr. Roberts will identify ideas and examples from around the country illustrating how educators are implementing strength based strategies with their students. Clay’s professional experience includes Founder and President, Roberts & Associates, a company dedicated to the development of healthy, contributing young people. He is the former Chief Executive Officer, Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (CHEF) Seattle, Washington and consultant on asset development in education in over 40 states and 6 foreign countries. Clay has developed several national school based programs, including Here’s Looking at You 2000, a K-12 drug education program and Natural Helpers, a peer helper program, and Get Real about Violence, a violence prevention curriculum for grades K-9. His publications include Building Developmental Assets in School Communities, co-author with Neal Starkman, Search Institute 2008 and Great Places to Learn, How Asset-Building Schools Help Students Succeed, co-author with Neal Starkman and Peter Scales, Search Institute 1999, second edition 2006.

JEANNE PODUSKA is a Managing Researcher at the American Institutes for Research. She has worked at the intersection of education and public health for over 20 years, partnering with schools and districts to develop, test, and implement programs. The Good Behavior Game, a classroom-behavior management strategy, has served as the programmatic foundation for much of her work. She is currently funded by the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and through direct service contracts from districts and locales. She holds a MS in Education and a ScD in Public Health, both from the Johns Hopkins University, and has adjunct appointments at Johns Hopkins University and University of South Florida.  Jeanne Poduska will be sharing information about using evidence based practices in schools to get desired results.  She will identify ways to determine evidence base of programs and how schools can ensure a program is a good fit for them to get positive results.

HEATHER ROBBINS will provide insight to each of the critical elements including in a PBS implementation process.  She will identify effective strategies that can be used within the framework of PBS.  She has been working in schools since 1985.  She graduated with a B.A. in Education from Trinity University in 1984 and an M.A. in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1993.   Heather holds a K-8 Elementary Education License, a K-12 Special Education License and has been certified as a Behavior Support Specialist through the Arizona Behavior Initiative. She has worked with students at all levels and her experience includes 7 years teaching in a residential treatment center followed by 7 years teaching and then 6 years serving as a Behavior Support Specialist on the Navajo Reservation.  While working for the Bureau of Indian Education, Heather became an early adopter of Positive Behavior Support practices, guiding several schools to full implementation of PBS. Heather currently works half time as a Research Assistant for the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior (IVDB) at the University of Oregon and half-time consulting with districts/ schools in several states, continuing her efforts in positive behavior support, youth violence prevention and school safety.


  • Principal’s Role in PBiS
  • PBiS at the Secondary School Level
  • Parents as PBiS Partners
  • Effective Expectations
  • Reinforcement Systems
  • Student Relationships

REGISTRATION: $200 per person


-- continental breakfast, lunch, breaks

-- quality national speakers

-- conference materials

Registration Deadline: March 2, 2012 (firm)

Registration Form

A room block has been arranged at the Embassy Suites and will be available until February 28 at the conference rate of $129 per night.  When making reservations, please request a NePBS Conference rate.  Reservations can be made by calling 402-474-1111.

Lodging can also be reserved at Holiday Inn Downtown (141 N 9th St).  Call 402-475-4011 to make reservations.  No conference rates or room block have been arranged.

Parking is the responsibility of the conference participant.  Two parking garages are adjacent to the conference hotel. 

Market Place Garage, 925 Q Street
Que Place Garage, 1111 Q Street

AGENDA - tentative
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
8:00     Registration & Rolls
8:30     Welcome
8:45     Keynote: Clay Roberts
10:15   Break
10:30   Keynote: Heather Robbins
12:30   Lunch
1:15     Breakouts
                1. The Principal’s Role in PBiS
                2. The Look of PBiS in the Middle School/High School
                3. Parents
                4. Principles of Behavior
2:15     Break
2:30     Breakouts
            1. You Get What You Expect
                2. Role of Data and PBiS
                3. Catch Them Being Good
                4. The Benefit of Relationships
3:30     Adjourn
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
8:30     Welcome
8:45     Keynote: Jeanne Poduska
10:45   Break
11:00   Keynote: Heather Robbins
            Putting it all together
12:30   Lunch
1:15     Keynote: Clay Roberts
3:00     Adjourn


Sponsored by Nebraska Department of Education Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
and the Nebraska Office of Special Education.