Rescheduled Conference: School Discipline: Changing Behavior Using a Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach

April 30th, 2019

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Rescheduled Conference: Please note that the "School Discipline: Changing Behavior Using a Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach" conference, scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 30. 

School Discipline: Changing Behavior Using a Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach

J Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., will present a paradigm-shifting model to transform school discipline that has been shown to reduce behavioral challenges, teacher stress, and detention and suspension while helping our most at-risk students build the skills they need to succeed. Based on the latest neuroscience which shows that challenging students lack the skill―not the will―to behave, the evidence-based Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach provides K– 12 educators with a clear framework that can be implemented in both general and special-education settings.

The afternoon session will showcase how staff from the Billerica Public Schools address social and emotional learning through building-based teams and a Social Emotional Learning Support Specialist. With a focus on shifting the school culture from working in silos to working in integrated teams, the Billerica staff will explain the roles, functions, struggles and benefits of this approach. The role of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) on interdisciplinary teams to support behavior change in students will be highlighted.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Location: Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Marlborough

8:15 am – 8:45 Registration and Breakfast

8:45 am – 2:30 pm Conference

Cost: Free for members || $100/nonmembers


  • J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., Director, Think: Kids, Massachusetts General Hospital, Thomas G. Stemberg Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Jennifer Flynn, M.Ed., C.A.G.S., L.S.W., Coordinator of Health Services and Wellness, Billerica Public Schools
  • Julie Laub, M.S., LABA, BCBA, Licensed/Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Billerica Public Schools
  • Meghan Nolet-Downey, M.S., Ditson Elementary School, Social Emotional Learning Specialist/Coach, Billerica Public Schools
  • Lisa M. Maher, M.S., Ed., Social-Emotional Learning Support Specialist, Billerica Public Schools
  • Bernie McCann, M.Ed., Assistant Principal, Marshall Middle School, Billerica Public Schools

Jennifer Flynn/Panel's Presentation

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