2019 Awards and Stipends
The 2019 awards ceremony of the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders (MSLBD) recognized current and future leaders in our field. We welcomed one new member to the MSLBD Master Teacher group. Review award criteria here.
The Outstanding Leadership Award
The Midwest Symposium presents this award to an individual who has exhibited outstanding service and leadership to the field of behavior disorders on a national level.
Joseph Wehby, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education, Vanderbilt University
"In recognition of his unrelenting rigor in conducting research that addresses daily problems of practice in schools and his unconditional support and mentoring of colleagues and students to improve the lives of educators and students with emotional and behavioral disorders."
Outstanding Building Leadership Award
The Midwest Symposium presents this award to an individual who has exhibited outstanding achievement and excellence as a building or program administrator serving students with behavioral needs.
Gina Keirns, Tri-City Day School, Haysville, Kansas
"For exemplary leadership in recognizing and encouraging the potential in all students and staff."
Educational Program Award
The Building Bridges: Seeds for Development Award is a stipend for classroom or a program to support a variety of activities to improve education for students with emotional/behavioral disorders and autism spectrum disorders.
Carrie Fairbairn, Structured Behavior Skills Teacher, Millard Public Schools, Omaha, Nebraska
"In recognition of outstanding educational endeavors that support students with emotional and behavior disorders and their families in public schools."
Doctoral Stipend Award
Provided to students pursuing, or applying to pursue, a Doctoral degree in special education with a program emphasis in behavior disorders or a closely related field.
Emily Gregori, Purdue University
Elisabeth J. Kane, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Doctoral Degree Stipend: Emily Gregori, Purdue University.
Elisabeth J. Kane
Doctoral Degree Stipend: Elisabeth J. Kane, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with Reece Peterson.
MSLBD Master Teacher Group
The Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders Master Teachers are a group of experienced professional educators committed to bridging the "research to practice gap" by promoting the use of evidence-based practices in their work directly with students who exhibited behavioral challenges in public schools. Founded in 2006, the master teacher group provides a strand of practical, "what to do on Monday" presentations at the annual MSLBD symposium every February and contributes tips and tools on this website to help teachers in their daily practice.
2019 Outstanding Award in Poster Presentation
Emma Watson, Leslie Bross, Jonathan Huffman, and Howard Wills
The Efficacy of Video Modeling and Visual Supports in Employment Settings for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Emily Gregori, Mandy Rispoli, Leslie Neely, Catharine Lory, and So Yeon Kim
Effects of Behavioral Skills Training on Staff Implementation of Functional Communication Training
Erin Stehle, Bryce Deering, Kelsey Turner, and Jason Chow
Speech-Language Pathologists’ Reported Knowledge and Training in Behavior Management
The Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders recognizes individuals for the following awards. Review the criteria and nomination forms for these awards, here.