PresenceLearning’s Fall Webinar Series Explores Practical Techniques for Better Behavior and Improved School Climate

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The three-part series focuses on data-driven behavioral interventions; alternatives to restraint, seclusion and suspension; and The SCERTS Model


The 90-minute live webinar, led by behavior disorder expert Dr. Joe Ryan, will guide special educators through addressing maladaptive behavior using data-driven solutions to positively impact student achievement and school culture.

A recent poll conducted by the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) found that 72 percent of its members report social-emotional strategies as the top professional development request from educators. Responding to this request by special educators and administrators for access to expert advice for handling social-emotional behavior issues in schools, PresenceLearning is launching a new fall series of free, 90-minute professional development webinars entitled “Real School Climate Change: New Approaches for Better Behavior.”

This three-part webinar series kicks off on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST with “Beyond Behavior: Creating a Culture for Data-Driven Behavioral Interventions.” The 90-minute live webinar, led by behavior disorder expert Dr. Joe Ryan, will guide special educators through addressing maladaptive behavior using data-driven solutions to positively impact student achievement and school culture.

To register for this first webinar in the series, visit:

For students with social-emotional concerns and other behavioral disorders, exhibiting maladaptive behavior is a way for the student to cope. By intervening with a proven-effective strategy, educators can guide the student towards the expected behavior. When these expectations are enforced by all classrooms educators in a school, administrators, and support staff, students can be ready to learn in a consistent climate.

By attending this first webinar, participants will learn how to:
●    Accurately record specific target behaviors in educational settings.
●    Identify functions of a maladaptive behavior.
●    Describe, understand, and apply single case research designs.

About Real School Climate Change Webinar Series
The three-part “Real School Climate Change” fall webinar series features expert advice on how to implement effective behavior interventions from behavior disorder expert Dr. Joe Ryan; an outline of practice alternatives to the controversial restraint and seclusion tactic, as well as out-of-school suspension tactics, from special education policy expert Daniel Crimmins; and an introduction to The SCERTS Model, including how it can positively impact social-emotional development for those students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), by Dr. Barry Prizant along with Emily Rubin and Amy Laurent.

For complete information about the series and to register for all three webinars, visit:

About Dr. Joe Ryan
Dr. Joe Ryan is a Professor of Special Education at Clemson University. He is the founder and Executive Director of Clemson LIFE (Learning is for Everyone), a post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual disabilities, as well as several adaptive sports programs. He has taught students with emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD) from grades K through 12 across a variety of educational settings, including resource and self-contained classrooms, special day schools, and a residential treatment center. Dr. Ryan has been published in over 50 publications and currently serves as the Editor of the journal Beyond Behavior. He frequently consults and speaks at national and international professional conferences. He has been interviewed by Anderson Cooper, CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other leading periodicals, and has given two U.S. Congressional Briefings on behavioral crisis interventions for schools.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning ( is the leading provider of online speech and occupational therapy, behavioral and mental health services and assessments for K-12 districts and families of children with special needs. PresenceLearning’s nationwide network of online professionals and telehealth providers includes hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs), special education teachers, and behavioral and mental health professionals. Treatment sessions are delivered “anytime anywhere” via live interactive video using the latest in evidence-based practices combined with powerful progress reporting.

By partnering with PresenceLearning, education agencies can fill service gaps related to acute and chronic shortages of special education and related services personnel, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, reduce their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes and improve efficiency. Service offerings include live, online speech therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral interventions, mental health services, special education instruction, and assessments. Since 2009, PresenceLearning and its network of over 700 online professionals has delivered more than a million live, online sessions to students with special needs in public, charter and virtual schools across the U.S. and globally, proving that online delivery of special education and related services is practical, convenient and highly effective.


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