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2016 Nonpublic Conference: Where Compliance Meets Best Practice

  • Oak Lawn, Illinois (map)



We are excited to announce that Wednesday's Keynote will be Dr. Teri Marx. Dr. Marx is a researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) who provides technical assistance and professional development to states and schools under the National Center on Intensive Intervention and the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center. Dr. Marx also serves as a task leader for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part D Program Analysis, Communication, Dissemination, and Meetings Multiple Award Task Order contract through the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the Department of Education. 

The keynote will feature a discussion on improving student outcomes at your school. Training practitioners to design and deliver intensive, individualized intervention that integrates both academic and behavioral supports is integral in schools. Data-based individualization (DBI), a process to intensify supports, relies on the systematic and frequent collection and analysis of student-level data, modification of intervention components when those data indicate inadequate response, and use of function-based problem solving to individualize intervention based on students’ unique needs. School teams that are using the hands-on DBI process are experiencing greater ability to systematically use data to determine student needs, as well as identify effective evidence-based interventions in both academics and behavior.


Thursday morning will open with a panel discussion on best practices in crisis de-escalation and physical management. Representatives of several companies with models for crisis de-escalation and intervention will discuss basic information and provide an overview of student crisis de-escalation, restraint techniques, common issues/pitfalls in restraint use that cut across all systems and settings, and evidence-based methods and ideologies. Organizations participating will include: Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), Safety-Care by QBS, Ukeru, and FEI Workforce Resilience.