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Monday, June 17 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Using Positive Behavior Supports to Exponentially Extend Students’ Motivation

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Positive behavior supports are typically presented as a collection of methods to simply manage, or sustain student behaviors at basic levels, and in support of civil cultures in classroom settings. However, with the inclining demands of today’s world, human performance must incline at the same rate to match them. If human performance must be higher, then societies’ methods, including school-based practices, must help learners to wring more from their academic performance. The common approach of managing and sustaining behavior is appropriate, but falls far short of using positive behavior support principles and techniques to draw from students their full interests and capabilities. In this session, participants will explore behavioral principles and techniques to help students’ unleash the 30% of interest, effort and ingenuity they hold back, or never spend on their own learning.


David Forbush

Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education
Dr. Forbush has provided 25 years of service in a variety of educational settings. Presently, he is director of the Utah Professional Development Network at Utah State University. Dr. Forbush served as a special education LEA in Idaho and Utah. He was recognized in 2013 as Special... Read More →

Leslie Buchanan

Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education
Leslie Buchanan is the Assistant Director of the Utah Professional Development Network. In this capacity she works with state and local education agencies to identify student needs, and develop outcome-focused professional development based on these needs. During her more than 20... Read More →

Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
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