Awards & Stipends

2019 Awards & Stipends

2021 Awards & Stipends

2021 Awards and Stipends

As a result of the need to ensure the safety of everyone involved, and the unknown situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic the MSLBD Board of Directors made the difficult decision to postpone our annual conferences during the 2020-2021 academic year. The 2021 awards ceremony and the 39th Annual Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders (MSLBD) suspended several of our awards realizing we would not be meeting in person to recognize these individuals at our February 2021 Symposium. The Board did however feel it was important to encourage future leaders in our field by offering both a doctoral and master's level stipend. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishment of these individuals in-person at a future event. Review award criteria here

Outstanding Educator of Students with Autism Award: (Center) Jessica Schmidt-Autism Teacher David Brewer Elementary, (left) Craig Idacavage-Principal David Brewer Elementary, (right) Cathy Redelberger-Director of Special Education for USD 453

2020-2021 Outstanding Educator of Students with Autism Award

The Midwest Symposium presents this award to an individual who has exhibited outstanding achievement and excellence in classroom service to students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Jessica Schmidt, Autism Teacher, David Brewer Elementary, USD 453, Leavenworth, Kansas

“In recognition of her dedication to achieve the best outcomes for her students and for her advocacy on behalf of individuals with autism and their families.”

Doctoral & Master's Stipend Awards 

Provided to students pursuing, or applying to pursue, a Doctoral or Master's degree in special education with a program emphasis on behavior disorders or a closely related field.

Doctoral Stipend, Nikita McCree, University of Missouri - Columbia
Master's Stipend, Frankie Kietzman, Pittsburg State University, Kansas

Get Involved

The Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders recognizes individuals for the following awards. Review the criteria and nomination forms for these awards, here