Month: April 2017

CBER’s 7th Graduate Research Symposium

CBER Graduate Research Symposium – 

Current Opportunities and Challenges in the Field of Education


U.S. Senator Chris Murphy



Catherine Holahan of Education Counsel


Time: Friday, May 12, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: UConn Storrs campus Gentry Building, Room 144


08:30-09:30 Registration, Brunch, and Poster Session Presentations
09:30-10:00 Welcoming remarks
10:00-10:30 Senator Chris Murphy and Cathy Holahan share remarks
10:30-11:00 Q&A with Senator Chris Murphy and Cathy Holahan
11:00-11:15 Break/Transition
(Catering has box lunches set up in atrium)
11:15-12:30 Lunch and Poster Session

There will also be a poster session featuring graduate students’ research efforts and results. Please submit your poster here by Friday 4/28.  The event is free to attend.  Breakfast and lunch are included. Each guest will need to register individually.

Questions? Email

7th CBER GA Symposium: Call for Posters


The Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER) in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut is hosting its 7th Graduate Assistant Symposium, an annual student-led conference, on May 12, 2017. We expect a high volume of attendees this year, especially because U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and Education Counsel Catherine Holahan will be our keynote speakers. This is a great opportunity for you to present your own research posters to a large number of people! Please go to the survey and submit your proposal by Friday, April 28, 2017.




08:30-09:30 Registration, Brunch, and Poster Session Presentations
09:30-10:00 Welcoming remarks
10:00-10:30 Senator Chris Murphy and Cathy Holahan share remarks
10:30-11:00 Q&A with Senator Chris Murphy and Cathy Holahan
11:00-11:15 Break/Transition
(Catering has box lunches set up in atrium)
11:15-12:30 Lunch and Poster Session

If your poster is selected, we ask that you set it up by 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CBER Graduate Assistant Meiko Howell at We look forward to receiving your proposal!

6th Annual Northeast PBIS Network Leadership Forum

Develop your professional network in Positive Behaviorial Intervention and Supports (PBIS). Enhance your capacity to work smarter and more effectively in implementing the PBIS framework. Join us for this exciting regional opportunity for PBIS leaders and implementers in the Northeast.


6th Annual
Northeast PBIS Network Leadership Forum
May 18 – 19, 2017

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
625 North Road
Groton, CT 06340


Featured Keynotes:

Anthony Biglan, Oregon Research Institute: “How the Behavioral Sciences Are Making America More Nurturing”

Anthony Biglan


Diane Myers, Texas Woman’s University: “What Training Teachers Can Teach You about Classwide PBIS”

Diane Myers


PBIS Implementation & Sustainability:
Supporting Teacher’s Classroom Management
The Ongoing (and sometimes hard) Work of Changing Adult Thinking around PBIS
PBIS in a Community Schools Model: Practice Examples and Evaluation Data
School-Wide PBIS:
Getting Started with Tier 1 School-wide PBIS
Staying on Course Through Choppy Waters: Overcoming Obstacles of School-Wide PBIS Implementation
School-Wide PBIS in Non-Classroom Settings: IGNITE Session
Student Social Connections, The Answer to the Question We Should be Asking?

Class-Wide PBIS:
Classwide PBIS Foundations: Connecting to the Basics
Intensive Classroom Management Support for Teachers in High-Need Settings
Effective Professional Development of Teachers Classroom Management Practices
The PAX Good Behavior Game: a Valuable Supplement to PBIS

Advanced Tiers:
The Systems-Conversation Approach to Tier 2: Making Your Targeted Interventions More Effective
Creative Collaboration at Tier 3 to Support Youth with Emotional Behavioral Challenges
Tier 2 Systems and Practices: IGNITE Session

Integration & Alignment:
Systematically Aligning SEL with PBIS via Empirically Based Instruction and Measurement
“It was eye-opening”: Integrating Multiple Data-Based Initiatives to Build Tiered Behavioral Support
Using Disciplinary, Academic, and Universal Screening Data to Provide Integrated Supports for Students
Aligning SEL with PBIS: Exemplar Schools

Special Settings:
PBIS in an Early Childhood Center: A School-Family-Community Partnership
Integration of the Pyramid Model and School-Wide PBIS
PBIS in Alternative Settings: IGNITE Session

Special Topics:
The Year of the Student Experience: PBIS at AHS
Practices to Promote Family Engagement in MTSS
Supporting Implementation of the Universal Tier in Urban Schools
Scaling Up PBIS in Rural Contexts: Lessons Learned in Maine

Data/Evaluation: NEW
Building Tier 1 Data Systems within the Schoolwide PBIS Framework
Drilling Down in SWIS Data for School and Student Level Analysis
School Climate Evaluation
Data-Based Decision Making: IGNITE Session

Coaching & Training: NEW
Trainer Development: Northeast PBIS Training of Trainers
Scaling-up systems-level supports for low-performing schools statewide
Using Team Initiated Problem Solving (TIPS) with School Leadership Teams
Making it Happen: Vermont’s Strategy for Building and Growing Classroom Behavior Practice Coaches

Click here for the conference app with the program.

CBER researchers and student researchers present at CEC 2017 Conventions


CBER researchers presented at Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2017 Convention and Expo last week.
Thank you all for your contributions!

CEC photo4 CEC photo3
CEC photo1 CEC photo2

Wednesday April 19, 2017

Making all Students College and Career Ready Through 21st Century Literacy Skills (Room 107)
Presented by: Allison Lombardi, Margo Izzo, Jessica Monahan, & Keith McLaren

Thursday April 20, 2017 

Review of Practices to Prevent or Reduce the Use of Crisis Procedures- Presentation Q &A (Room 204)

Presented by: Kate Dooley, Jennifer Freeman, Laura Kern, & Brandi Simonsen

Improving Reading Skills of Kindergarten Through Third Grade Students- Poster Session (Poster 23, Ballroom A)

Presented by: Michael D. Coyne, Ashley Oldham, Kaitlin Leonard & Taylor Koriakin

Examining Developmental Sentence Level Skills for Students With Diverse Learning Needs-Presentation Q &A (Room 206)

Presented by: Natalie Olinghouse, Deborah Howard, & Thilagha Jagaiah

Friday April 21, 2017

Strand G, Session 1: What Skills Do Special Education Teachers Need to Ensure Student Achievement?

Presentation Q &A (Room 109)

Presented by: Larry Wexler, Hank Fien & Brandi Simonsen

Developing and Evaluating a K-3 Multi-Tier or RTI Reading Reform Initiative Using a Regression
Discontinuity Design-Presntation Q&A (Room 207)

Presented by Michael Coyne, Darci Burns, Taylor Koriakin, Kaitlin Leonard, Cindy McGurl, Ashley Oldham

Writer’s Checklist: Scaffolding Struggling Writers to Meet CCSS in Writing-Presentation Q&A (Room 203)
Presented by: Thilagha Jagaiah, Deborah Howard & Natalie Olinghouse

Reading Long Words: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Explicit Phonics Instruction-Presentation Q&A (Room 206)
Presented by: Natasha Axelson & Devin Kearns

Saturday April 22, 2017

Supporting All Students’ Academic and Behavioral Needs through Multi-Tiered System of Support

Presented by: Tamika La Salle & George Sugar


Strand K, Session 2: Positive Classroom Behavior Support: Critical Foundations, Practices, and Systems-Presentation Q&A (Room 200)
Presented by: Jennifer Freeman, Diane Myers & Brandi Simonsen

Strand K, Session 3: Supporting District, State, and Regional Implementation Capacity: Lessons Learned from Northeast PBIS-Presentation Q&A (Room 200)

Presented by: Adam Feinberg, Brandi Simonsen, Jennifer Freeman, Susannah Everett & Bob Putnam

Academic Outcomes for Students with Disabilities in Peer Mentor Programs at the Postsecondary Level (Room Hynes, Poster 10, Ballroom A)
Presented by: Jessica Monahan, Emily Tarconish, Allison Lombardi

Use the search option here for more info about each presentation.

Dr. Devin Kearns joins a panel about the Intensive Intervention Professional Development Pilot Project

CBER Research Scientist Devin Kearns was part of a panel about the Intensive Intervention Professional Development Pilot Project at the Association of Rhode Island Administrators of Special Education (ARIASE) with Bristol-Warren Regional School District. David Sienko, Rhode Island Department of Education’s Director of Special Education, facilitated the panel discussion.  More than 30 special education directors and staff from across the state attended to hear about the pilot project.

Dr. Kearns and Leslie Anderson, director of pupil personnel services for Bristol-Warren, discussed the five years of work they have done to implement intensive intervention as part of the National Center for Intensive Intervention.