Behavior Today (CCBD Newsletter)

March 2016 30 (4)




CCBD Limited Edition T-Shirts 

CCBD proudly presents...

Limited Edition CCBD T-Shirt

(2016 CEC Convention and Expo Edition)


After a very successful (and sold out) introduction of the CCBD collectable tee shirts at the 2015 CCBD Conference in Atlanta, GA. The next CCBD tee shirt will be release at the 2016 CEC Convention and Expo in St. Louis. But instead of resting on our laurels, our crack team of tee shirt scientists (i.e., volunteers) have designed a brand new tee shirt with the winning slogan (voted by CCBD members).



2016 CEC Convention CCBD tee-shirts can be purchased through PayPal (via the CCBD website) and then picked up at the CCBD membership table in the expo hall or purchased directly at the table while you are in St. Louis. Please attend the Social Event and proudly wear your new shirt! 



Scholarship Opportunity

Martha Lynn Smith Scholarships -- 2016

Martha Lynn Smith, M.Ed. -

champion for children and youth with and at-risk for emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD). Marty spent 30+ years working with our most vulnerable students with E/BD, especially those needing Tier III supports and those in secure juvenile facilities where the positive behavioral interventions and supports framework was being adopted and adapted. Her sense of humor, leadership, expertise, and commitment to the field has a positive, long-lasting impact for all the students and families in which she worked.

Marty’s friends, daughter, and family, in partnership with the
PBIS Forum and Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders (TECBD), offer several scholarships in her memory

THREE doctoral level research scholarships at $400 each. Eligible applicants will submit: a) a letter of support from their major advisor or a doctoral committee member; b) a 4-page maximum synthesis of the research proposal related to PBIS implementation in secure juvenile facilities or residential facilities for students with E/BD using standard introduction, research questions, and method organization with a timeline; c) a budget as to how the monies will support the proposal (monies may not be used as a personal stipend); d) a letter from the secure juvenile justice facility or residential facility providing approval for the proposed research; and e) a vita.

THREE juvenile justice facility PBIS Leadership Team scholarships at $200 each. Eligible Team applicants will submit: a) a letter from the agency or Director that such cash monies can be accepted and used by the Team as the Team deems appropriate; b) a brief description of the PBIS plan being implemented within the facility and how such monies will allow the Team to achieve action plan items or improve implementation; and c) a budget for the funds.

FOUR PBIS Forum 2016 Conference ($220 value) and FOUR ($225 value) TECBD 2016 Conference registrations for full-time residential/juvenile justice facility employees who are implementing the PBIS framework within their facility. Eligible applicants will submit: a) a letter from their supervisor approving attendance for the full conference dates; b) all registration field information per the PBIS Forum or TECBD websites; c) a brief description of the PBIS plan being implemented within the facility; and d) up to a 500 word statement as to how attendance will contribute to the implementation of the PBIS framework.

Complete materials are to be sent in a single pdf file to Dr. Robin Parks Ennis at by close of business day (eastern time zone) on July 15, 2016. A five member ad hoc scholarship awards committee comprised of 2 university faculty members, 1 K-12 practitioner, and 2 juvenile justice staff members will be convened. All decisions by the Committee are final. Awardees may only receive one scholarship per year. Awardees will be notified by August 5, 2016 via email or phone with scholarships awarded at the conference.

PBIS Forum October 27-28, 2016 TECBD October 20-22, 2016 page1image26608

Interested in donating, please contact Kristine Jolivette at 





              News from the Behavior Disorders Journal

Please keep an eye out for the next issue of Behavioral Disorders 41 (2) and the Invited Forum article summarizing and commenting on their (growing) body of research showing that, everything else being equal (i.e., controlling for academic, behavioral, and economic factors), minority students are actually under-represented in EBD and other disability categories (Evidence and Implications of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Identification and Treatment, Morgan & Farkas).

“One of the most important and interesting works in our field”  Bryan Cook.



The Janus Project: Capturing Conversations From Leaders in the Field

A Conversation with Sheldon Braaten 

Teagarden, J., Zabel, R., & Kaff, M.

Kansas State University


The Janus Project has collected and disseminated the perspectives of leaders in education of children with emotional and behavioral disorders about the past, present, and future of the field for the past decade. The Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders (MSLBD) has provided on-going support for this oral history project. The project takes its name from the Roman god, Janus, whose two faces looked both to the past and the future.  Each participant is asked about the people and events that have influenced their careers and the larger field, their views of the current and future state of the field, and their advice for persons entering the field. To date, over 60 conversations have been collected in video form and many are available on the MSLBD website at the following URL:


Dr. Braatens service to the field has had a varied and long lasting impact on the field of emotional-behavior disordersHe is the co-founder of the Minnesota Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (MNCCBD), where he has served in many roles including president. He has also served as President of Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) and as a Governor of the International Council for Exceptional Children. In 1982, Dr. Braaten founded the Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents and initiated the International Child and Adolescent conference.

Sheldon has promoted development of trans-disciplinary training models that provide a foundation for training of teachers and school teams. He is the author of numerous publications and has served as a consulting editor for several professional journal, and was Executive Editor ofPreventing School Failure.  This conversation was held after Sheldon received the Howard Muscott CCBD Distinguished Service Award at the 2013 Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The following is an excerpt drawn from the complete conversation with Sheldon Braaten which was published in the journal Janus in School and Clinic (Zabel, Kaff, & Teagarden, 2016).

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  • Janus:  You’ve been a long time friend to the field of emotional and behavioral disorders. Could you tell us how you got into this field?
  • Braaten:  It was an accident. I had a position at a residential facility. My career path was in clinical child psychology, but I found out that educators didn’t work holidays, weekends and rotating shifts. A position was offered to me at Minneapolis Public Schools. I was not trained as a teacher, I knew nothing about teaching, but ended up in the classroom. That was when I was told I needed to go to the University of Minnesota and meet this guy, Frank Wood. So I think a big part of my experience has to do with the mentoring and encouragement that Frank provided to me in those early years. But, it was an accident and that’s kind of how it happened. I think Frank gets a lot of credit for encouraging and mentoring me when I didn’t know what I was going to do.
  • Janus:  Well, that led to a distinguished career. Congratulations on receiving the 2013 Howard Muscott CCBD (Council for Children with Behavior Disorders) Distinguished Service Award.

What do you see as the future for the field of education for children with emotional and behavioral disorders?

  • Braaten:  At the moment, the future looks bleak. Resources are diminished, public advocacy is almost non-existent, training is homogenized, and certainly resources, economic and otherwise, are lower than in years. Bill Morse, a keynote speaker at the 1988 Midwest Symposium for Leadership (MSLBD) in Kansas City, said, “It’s a bad time to be a kid.” That was in 1988, but I’m thinking if Bill were still with us today, he would say that same thing. I’m hopeful through the work that you are doing, preserving some of this history, that the vision and the knowledge-base that we’ve invested a lot in, will continue to be an inspiration to the future. I don’t think it’s appropriate that special education should, as it did through much of the 1970’s and 1980’s, take the lead and almost exclude a role for mental health for children, but if it hadn’t been for special education, the EBD population would’ve gotten pretty much nothing. I think the future has to integrate mental health services and resources and educational resources. Blending into that framework, we also need juvenile justice for lots of issues. One approach that I am hoping we will become more recommitted to is the restorative approach. Nobody has massive resources, but they could be applied in a much more meaningful and powerful way if having less resources means that we use them better, more smartly, and make sure the kids who need help, get help. I’m a big fan of Eli Bower’s diagnostic model. Bower said, “We only have two kinds of kids: kids who need help and kids who don’t.” I think Eli was right. Are we as a society willing to invest in the kids that need help? That’s a political question. That’s a social issues question. At the moment, I’m a little concerned about that one.
  • Janus: What advice would you offer to persons just entering into the field either as practitioners or into higher education?
  • Braaten:  Get connected and stay connected. Join an organization, go to conferences, go to meetings, network, talk to anybody, meet anybody, and stay involved, because that’s your lifeline. I’ve always enjoyed the fact that throughout my career, I’ve had friends from one coast to the other and even in foreign countries and I could talk to them at any moment. Choosing not to be isolated, choosing not to stay at home has meant that I’ve had a wonderful career. 

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Sheldon’s mentorship and commitment to “children to who need help” continue to provide an inspiration to all.  The complete conversation with Sheldon is available at the following URL:

Upcoming issues of Behavior Today will include excerpts from conversations with Mary Margaret Kerr, George Sugai, and others.


Zabel, R., Kaff, M., & Teagarden, J. (2016). Staying connected: a conversation with Sheldon Braaten. Intervention in School and Clinic, 51, 194-197.


News from RSM: Regional Services and Membership

Lonna Moline

News from Region 1, Vanessa Tucker

WA just held their spring conference and had almost 100 in attendance at the beautiful Puyallup Youth Tribal Center in Puyallup, WA. The title was "Keep Calm and Carry On"-Childhood Stress and Anxiety by Dr. Holly Galbreath. This was a continuation of their event in January, the screening of Paper Tigers. We had attendees from approximately 10 screen districts including paraprofessionals, teachers, school counselors, school psychologists and behavior specialists. WACCBD received generous support from the Chief Leschi District. It was truly a team effort with great success. WA continues to advance their goal to reach more people and to expand their leadership beyond their core group. WACCBD will be holding elections for upcoming positions very soon and will be attending an upcoming meet and greet/membership drive for CEC in March. They are also working towards increase student membership in both groups.

Idaho had a spring conference and recruited new members.


News from Region 3, Chad Rose

Minnesota is working hard to connect with members. They are planning a spring networking event. There will also be a one day conference in October, Interventions on a Stick. They are using a State Fair theme. How fun is that?! MNCCBD is also encouraging members to join their Facebook page MN CCBD.


News from Region 4, Courtney Hertner

Colorado:  continues to go strong in our planning for our Affective Needs Conference in October. Our keynote speaker is Greg Benner.   We are always looking for great breakout speakers if anyone wants to travel to beautiful Colorado over Halloween weekend!!! We in CO also continue to work on our Bylaws and Constitution.

Texas: A core group of individuals had a phone conference to begin planning to restart a subdivision in Texas. I believe their plan is to meet at APBS since many of them will be there. Also, several individuals will be at CEC and will be at the member table to gain more support for CCBD in Texas!   They were also informed about the RC/President meeting and will be attending. 

Looking for a connection in the other states in the region. Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma-we would love to have you join us. Contact Courtney at


News from Region 5, Bev Johns


Wisconsin CCBD is planning a joint conference with other organizations.  The Endless Possibilities Conference will be held on Friday, August 5, 2016, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.  Paula Kluth will be the keynote speaker.  Registrants can received 1-3 graduate credits (online on the topic of mental health supports for families.   Educators can register for only $20.00, which includes the cost of a box lunch.  For further information contact Wisconsin CCBD President Shannon Stuart at:


Ohio is busy planning their summer conference, which will be held on the grounds of the University of Toledo on June 16-17, 2016.  The workshop will be held on June 16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on the 17th from 8:00 a.m.-3 p.m.  Featured speakers will be Rick Van Acker, Dr. Richard Young, Brooks Vostal, Bev Johns, Karen Blackburn, Ed Cancio, and Angela Dietrich.  Topics will include:  Bipolar Disorders in Children, Social Skills Instruction, Students with EBD and Mental Health Issues in Schools, Teacher’s Feeling Toward FBA and BIPs, Precision Teaching, Social Skills Instruction, and Student Success Plans.  For more information contact:  Suzi Leone, President at:


Illinois CCBD held their annual drive-in conference in early February with a record turnout.  For the first time this year, Illinois CCBD encouraged special educators to bring general educators with them to the conference.  If they did they each got a 50% discount on their registration.  Rick Van Acker did a Friday evening workshop on working with students with e/bd in the general education classroom.  Dr. Sheldon Braaten was the luncheon keynote speaker. 

Individuals who joined CEC at the conference were given a free CCBD membership and thirty new members joined CEC and CCBD.

Illinois CCBD also unveiled their new hotline on special education class size.  When special educators are experiencing classes that violate the state regulations rather than filing a complaint themselves they can inform Illinois CCBD and we will file the complaint for them anonymously so their jobs will be protected.

Illinois has a summer leadership conference scheduled in Springfield, Illinois, on August 5, at the Northfield Inn.

Michigan CCBD

Michigan has inducted their new officers at the Michigan CEC Conference on March 3, 2016.  Michigan CEC welcomed them and there were two strands dealing with behavioral topics at the Michigan CEC conference.  The new officers for Michigan are: 

                Matthew Hoge—President—

                Stacey Miller—President-Elect—

                Vikki Hennard—Vice President—

                Gabrielle Popp—Secretary—

                Jacqueline Pruder St. Antoine—Treasurer—

                Rachel Fuerer—Liaison to CEC Michigan—


We are currently wanting to reactivate Indiana CCBD.  If you are interested in serving on a steering committee to reactivate Indiana, please contact Bev Johns at

News from Region 7, Soo Ahn

VA - Virginia chapter had a great turn out for the chapter meeting in February.  The elections for the officers for the chapter was held the following were voted in:

President: Clara Hauth

President Elect: Kevin Good

Treasurer/Secretary - Kelley Regan

Membership/Media - Soo Ahn

Please check out their twitter: and Facebook:

PA - CCBD members in PA are trying to generate interest to start a chapter.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Michele Moohr( and  Maryanne Cramer (


RSM, Lonna Moline

We continue to look for someone who would be interested in being a contact person or Regional Coordinator for Region 2. This region includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. Any takers? Please contact me at

CCBD will be having a super fun networking event at the CEC conference in April at the Flamingo Bowl. It will be a fun way to play and connect with other members. You won’t want to miss it. Information on ticket sales is coming.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in St. Louis!



Dear Ms. Kitty

Help! I am in Need of Helpful Resources!


Dear Ms. Kitty:

I am a special educator of students with learning disabilities.  However, I occasionally serve students with challenging behaviors or who are labeled as emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD).  I would just love to have a list of helpful resources. 

~ Ready for Resources in Vermont


Dear Ready for Resources:

Thank you for reaching out and your concern for our students with challenging behaviors and EBD. I have put together a helpful list of resources. As you may know, you are not limited to these resources; however, I feel they will help guide you into a positive path for our students.

If any reader would like to add more resources, contact Ms. Kitty via  Thank you for all you do for students with exceptionalities!

~ Ms. Kitty



Helpful resources for your students and classroom may include:


Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions (PBIS):


Individuals with Disabilities with Education Improvement Act (IDEIA):


U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs:


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 1997:


Evidence-based practices:


Functional behavior assessment:


Behavior intervention plan (BIP):


De-escalation training:


Data and Assessment:


Behavior Modification:


Ms. Kitty has worked with children and youth with challenging behaviors for nearly 20 years. She has educated students with behavior disorders in several different states and taught students from all grades, except 7th grade. Ms. Kitty has also earned her undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees in special education, specifically emotional disabilities and behavior disorders.

Please contact Ms. Kitty about any questions you have about your students in your classroom

Thank you!


Stick Pick

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Stick Pick is a classroom management tool for teachers to choose a student’s name at random by shaking or tapping the electronic device screen. Stick Pick allows teachers to randomly pick a student to answer questions and avoids calling on the same student multiple times. The app provides question starters allowing for differentiated instruction.  Stick Pick is a great tool for teachers to collect formative assessment data because student responses can be recorded during classroom discussions. Stick Pick also allows the use of differentiated instruction.  For example, questions can be based on Bloom’s Taxonomy and English language learner skills. Additionally, difficulty levels can be chosen for each student.  Stick Pick costs $3.99 and can be used with IOS 7.0 or later, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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