Positive Behaviour for Learning Conference


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

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

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.

Kent McIntosh

Kent 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. 

Dr. McIntosh 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

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 change.

Other expert presenters

George Sugai

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

Michael Nunno is a senior extension associate at Cornell University. D​r. 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 systems.

Anne Todd

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 (SET).

Conference strands

  • ​Learning and wellbeing
  • Australian stories
  • Building capability
  • Data for solutions
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Positive practices
  • Family engagement and student voice
  • Journeys​

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)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Last updated
01 April 2019