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IRIS Priority Practice Series #1: Positive Supports for Behavior and Discipline

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When: 1 pm ET/noon CT, Friday, September 22, 2023

IRIS Priority Practice Series #1: Positive Supports for Behavior and Discipline

This Prep Talk will highlight resources from PBIS, Ci3T, and IRIS that align with recent OSEP guidance on positive and proactive approaches to discipline.
Session experts: Heather George, Center on PBIS; Kathleen Lane, Ci3T; Joey Staubitz, Vanderbilt Applied Behavior Analysis program/IRIS
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Meet Our Experts:

Dr. Heather Peshak George is a Professor in the Department of Child & Family Studies at the University of South Florida (USF) and Director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). She currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) and Co-Director of the National Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) PI of the OSEP Model Demonstration Project to Enhance Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Services and Supports for Middle or High School Youth with and at Risk for Disabilities (FL Connect), and Co-Director of the state-wide Florida PBIS Project (FLPBIS). She is also past-President (2014-2017) of the international Association for Positive Behavioral Support (APBS) and has been awarded over $70.8 million in external funding as either a PI or Co-PI.  

Dr. Kathleen Lynne Lane is a Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. Dr. Lane’s research interests focus on designing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive, integrated, three-tiered (Ci3T) models of prevention to (a) prevent the development of learning and behavior challenges and (b) respond to existing instances, with an emphasis on systematic screening. She is currently President of the Council for Exceptional Children Division for Research (CEC-DR). She is the co-editor of Remedial and Special Education and Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. Dr. Lane has co-authored 11 books and published over 200 refereed journal articles and 40 book chapters.


Dr. Johanna (Joey) Staubitz completed her doctoral studies in special education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 2017 and has since worked as a clinical faculty member in Vanderbilt’s top-ranked Department of Special Education. She currently directs Vanderbilt’s applied behavior analysis master’s degree program and was recently appointed to the rank of assistant professor of the practice of applied behavior analysis. Before her time in higher education, Joey practiced as a classroom teacher and district behavior analyst. In both roles, she had firsthand encounters with the importance and challenge of providing individualized, integrated supports for academic learning and behavior. These observations not only initially drove Joey to pursue doctoral training, but also continue to motivate Joey’s research, training, and teaching endeavors. Her collective efforts are dedicated to developing, adapting, evaluating, and disseminating procedures that are effective, practical, and safe for adoption in schools, to improve the possibility high-quality behavioral services are embedded into the free and appropriate public education to which all children are entitled.