The Mission of the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders (MSLBD) is to foster leadership to improve educational programs and outcomes for students with behavioral needs, and to support the professionals and families with whom they are connected.

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RETHINKING Behavior is a free online magazine published three times per year for professionals serving children & youth with behavioral needs. Links to new issues are sent via email.

Award Description: The Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavioral Disorders awards a stipend of up to $500 to a classroom or program for students with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). One or more recipients will also receive expenses to attend the Symposium to receive the award. The Midwest Symposium Awards Committee will select the award winner. Nominations will be accepted from classrooms, schools, clinics, hospitals, or other organizations offering direct services to children and you with EBD and ASD.

The Building Bridges: Seeds for Program Development Award may be used to support a variety of activities and programs to improve educational programs for students with EBD or ASD. Purchase of curricula, materials, learning supplies, and support of classroom and school improvement projects are appropriate for this award.

In February 2021, MSLBD will recognize recipients of the Doctoral & Masters Stipend.

Purpose: To provide one-­time stipend assistance to students pursuing, or applying to pursue, a Doctoral or Masters degree in special education with a program emphasis in behavior disorders or a closely related field.

Stipend Amount:
Doctoral-­level students -­-up to two (2) stipend awards at up to $2,000
Masters-­level students ---up to two (2) stipend awards at up to $500