Keynote Speaker

George Sugai

Positive Behavior Support: Catchin' 'em Early, Positively, and Frequently

Friday, April 17, 2015

George Sugai

We are excited to announce George Sugai as our Keynote Speaker. He will providing a evidence-based and practical approach to understanding and preventing problem behaviors and promoting social readiness skills in young children. A multi-tiered framework will be described as a way to organize effective behavior practices and as a system for maximizing accurate and fluent implementation by paraprofessional providers.

Dr. George Sugai received his M.Ed. in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1980 at the University of Washington. His primary areas of interests are positive behavioral interventions and support, systems change, teacher professional development, emotional and behavioral disorders, social skills instruction, behavioral consultation, behavioral assessment procedures, and strategies for effective school-wide, classroom, and individual behavior management. Currently at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Sugai is Carole J. Neag Endowed Chair in Behavior Disorders and professor with tenure. At the present time, Dr. Sugai is co-director with Dr. Mary Beth Bruder, of the Early Childhood Personnel TA Center (ECPC) which is funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to improve leadership and develop and implement statewide integrated and comprehensive systems of personnel development (CSPD) for all personnel serving infants and young children with disabilities across settings. Dr. Sugai also was on faculty at the University of Oregon and University of Kentucky, program director in an alternative school, and classroom teacher for students with behavior disorders. Dr. Sugai and colleagues have established the Center for Behavioral Education and Research ( in the Neag School of Education to improve academic and social behavior outcomes for students in schools by engaging in the systematic study of educational issues and interventions, and dissemination to preservice and inservice school personnel. As Project Director or Co-Director of major training or research grants totaling over $40 million, Dr. Sugai has experience in the implementation, operation, and supervision of grant-related projects. He has published over 100 articles, numerous monographs, and a number of college textbooks on effective teaching practices, positive behavior support, and applied behavior analysis. Dr. Sugai’s research has emphasized effective applications of applied behavior analysis principles and school-wide PBS procedures to problems found in educational contexts. The subject populations for these research areas includes students with severe challenging behavior, students with at-risk behaviors, and students described as having severely challenging behaviors. Dr. Sugai is currently co-director (with Rob Horner at the University of Oregon and Tim Lewis at the University of Missouri) of the national Center on Positive behavioral Interventions and Supports ( The Center was established in 1996 by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices. The Center has two foci: (a) broad dissemination to schools, families, and communities about a technology of school-wide positive behavioral support exists, and (b) demonstrations at the level of individual students, schools, districts, and states that school-wide positive behavioral support is feasible and effective.