The Department of Education is proud to host a biennial Queensland Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) Conference. Previous PBL conferences have attracted delegates from state schools all over Queensland, as well as delegates from interstate and other educational jurisdictions. Keynote speakers have included international experts in the field of positive behaviour support such as George Sugai, Tim Lewis, Terry Scott and Kent McIntosh.
The 2019 PBL conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, from 24-26 June. The conference is open to all state schools, with delegates from other jurisdictions and sectors welcome.
The call for abstracts to present at the conference has now closed. The conference schedule will be available on the conference registration page from early May.
2019 Conference Keynote Speakers
Catherine Bradshaw is a professor and the Associate Dean for
Research and Faculty Development at the Curry School of Education at the
University of Virginia. Her primary research interests focus on the development
of aggressive behaviour and school-based prevention.
She collaborates on research projects examining bullying and school climate, the development of aggressive and problem behaviours, effects of exposure to violence, peer victimisation and environmental stress on children, children with emotional and behavioural disorders and autism, the design, evaluation and implementation of evidence-based prevention programs in schools.
Catherine has led a
number of federally funded randomised trials of school-based prevention
programs, including Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and
social-emotional learning curricula. She also has expertise in implementation
science and coaching models.
Shiralee Poed is a senior lecturer in the Melbourne Graduate
School of Education, University of Melbourne. For almost 30 years, Shiralee has worked as
a teacher in Australian state, Catholic and independent primary, secondary and
special schools, as well as in various senior educational roles. Prior to
commencing at the University of Melbourne in 2011, Shiralee was a lecturer in
the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University,
Queensland. Shiralee’s research interests include disability discrimination in
education, reducing the use of restrictive interventions and using Positive
Behaviour Interventions and Supports with fidelity.
McIntosh teaches and conducts research in the areas of positive behaviour
support, school systems change and sustainability of evidence-based
interventions in schools. He is Professor of Special Education and Director of
Educational and Community Supports at the University of Oregon.
has worked as a teacher, social worker and family and child interventionist. He
has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of School Psychology and
sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Positive Behaviour
Interventions and School Psychology Review. His current programs of
research focus on the implementation and sustainability of school-based
interventions and equity in school discipline.
Rose Iovannone is an assistant professor at the College of
Behavioural and Community Sciences, Department of Child and Family Studies,
Florida Centre for Inclusive Communities at the University of South Florida.
She is the Director of the Behaviour Research Centre, the
Prevent-Teach-Reinforce (PTR) Project.
Dr. Iovannone is a board certified
behaviour analyst and has extensive experience in working with individuals with
autism and other developmental disabilities, learning disabilities and
emotional disabilities. Dr. Iovannone’s primary research interests have been in
the areas of functional behaviour assessment and positive behaviour support,
multi-tiered support systems and the problem-solving process,
assessment/evaluation, autism and related disabilities and systems
George Sugai is
co-director of the National Centre on Positive Behavioural Interventions and
Supports and Research Scientist for the Centre for Behavioural Education and
Research in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Dr.
Sugai has presented at numerous international conferences and has served as
advisor to the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice and Health.
Michael Nunno is a senior extension associate at Cornell
University. Dr. Nunno has expertise in social policy, regulation, and
legislation related child welfare issues as well as specific expertise in the
identification, prevention, and etiology of child abuse and neglect. Related to these interests has been his work
in organisational implementation strategies to introduce crisis prevention
Anne Todd is a senior
research assistant at the University of Oregon. Anne is experienced in state-of-the-art
instructional strategies including curricular adaptions, specially designed
individualised instruction, social skills instruction, and function-based
positive behavioural support. Her work has contributed to development of tools
being use in schools across the world including the School Wide Evaluation Tool
- Learning and wellbeing
- Australian stories
- Building capability
- Data for solutions
- Equity and inclusion
- Positive practices
- Family engagement and student voice
2017 Conference Keynote Presentations
George Sugai - School mental health and PBL: Guiding principles
George Sugai keynote transcript (DOCX, 53KB)
Tim Lewis - Keeping up the momentum for PBL
Tim Lewis keynote transcript (DOCX, 49KB)
Kent McIntosh - Making schools and classrooms more positive, effective and equitable
Kent McIntosh keynote transcript (DOCX, 43KB)
Terry Scott - Effective instruction: The hallmark of effective support systems
Terry Scott keynote transcript (DOCX, 45KB)