Richard Van Acker delivered a Keynote with this title today at the TECBD conference. Here are some highlights. I was blogging from the presentation.
- What we know doesn’t translate to what we do.
- Increased number of youth with mental health issues.
- Our EBD kids are expelled, unemployed, drop out, and are in Juvenile Justice far more then the general population.
- There is a lack of a continuum of care in school – either full inclusion or restrictive placements.
- 2/3 of states have non-categorical systems of teacher certification, no more specialists in EBD or other disability categories.
- Teachers praise academics and reprimand behavior.
- Systems to reduce reprimands in the classroom.
- Use group contingency systems.
- Social emotional instruction.
- Teach self-management and self-regulation skills
- Teach social skills, but embed them into the whole school program.
- Realize that academics and behavior cannot be taught separately.
- Train and hope doesn’t work.
- Drive-by inservice training doesn’t work.
- Peer Triad Support – a weight watchers style program for supporting teachers works.
- We need to better train pre-service teachers to support behavior.
- We need to research if non-categorical certifications are working or not.
Dr. Van Acker led a great keynote speech and everyone left with a call to action to find out what works and to support teachers to succeed.