2017 Positive Behaviour for Learning Conference


The Department of Education and Training will host the 4th Queensland Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) Conference on 18-20 July 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, Brisbane. The conference title is 'Making Connections: Supporting School Mental Health through Positive Behaviour for Learning'. International experts, George Sugai, Tim Lewis, Kent McIntosh and Terry Scott have been confirmed as keynote speakers. The conference will consist of two days for conference presentations and a half day for master classes and is open to all Queensland schools. Registrations have now closed. The conference has now reached capacity.

Conference strands

  • Leadership and coaching
  • Student wellbeing
  • Classroom practices
  • Effective interventions
  • Equity, engagement and inclusion

Who should attend?

  • PBL leadership teams and coaches
  • Principals and regional leaders
  • Classroom teachers
  • Student support staff
  • Autism, Mental Health, Inclusion and Success Coaches

International speakers

George Sugai
Dr. Sugai is currently co-director of the National Center on Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports, and Carole J. Neag Endowed Professor in Behaviour Disorders at the University of Connecticut. He has expertise in behaviour analysis, classroom and behaviour management, school-wide discipline, function-based behaviour support, school-wide positive behaviour supports, and educating students with behavioural disorders. Dr. Sugai has presented at numerous international conferences and has served as advisor to the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice and Health.

Tim Lewis
Dr. Lewis is a professor of special education at the University of Missouri and has been involved with developing school-wide systems of behavioural support for over 25 years. He has worked directly with school teams around the world, secured several federal grants to support his research and demonstration efforts, and is a frequent contributor to the professional literature examining various aspects of Positive Behaviour Support.

Kent McIntosh
Dr. McIntosh teaches and conducts research at the University of Oregon in the areas of positive behaviour support, school systems change, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions in schools. His current programs of research focus on the implementation and sustainability of school-based interventions, and equity in school discipline. In addition to his active research, Dr. McIntosh serves as a national trainer, consultant and evaluator of Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

Lucille Eber
Dr. Eber is the Statewide Coordinator of the Midwest PBIS Network and a current board member of the national Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. She provides training and consultation to school districts and mental health agencies across the United States, Canada, and Australia and has numerous publications on school-based wraparound and positive behaviour interventions and supports.

Jennifer Freeman
Dr. Freeman is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Freeman studies the effects of Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports on outcomes at the high school level for high-risk student groups and also studies professional development methods for improving teachers’ use of evidence based classroom management strategies. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Connecticut, she worked in special education and served as a district level consultant for positive behaviour supports.

Mark Weist
Dr. Weist is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. He has led a number of federally funded research grants, has advised national committees, and has testified before Congress and to a presidential commission on mental health. Dr. Weist has edited several books and has published and presented widely in the school mental health field and in the areas of positive behaviour support, trauma, violence and youth, evidence-based practice, and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Terrance M. Scott
Dr. Scott is a Professor, Distinguished University Scholar, and Director of the Centre for Instructional and Behavioural Research in Schools (CIBRS) in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. He began his career as a counsellor in residential treatment and has worked with students with challenging behaviours across a variety of settings – including all levels of public school. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications and four books on a variety of issues in the areas of behavioural disorders and behavioural support systems and has conducted over 1000 presentations and training activities throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway. In 2004 he received the Distinguished Early Career Award from the Research Division of the International Council for Exceptional Children and in 2012 he received the Outstanding National Leadership Award from the Council for Children with Behaviour Disorders. His research interests focus on school-wide prevention systems, the role of instructional variables in managing student behaviour, functional behaviour assessment/intervention, and scientific research in education.

Last updated
21 March 2018