2017 Leadership Conference

Welcome to the 2017 PBIS Leadership Conference web page! This year we will have George Sugai as our keynote speaker. 

Conference Dates

August 15-16, 2017 - Preconference August 14, 2017

Conference Location

Kalahari Resort and Conference Center
1305 Kalahari Dr.
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Cost and Registration

The conference registration is now full. Here is the link to be placed on the waiting list. We have all the session information availbable in our catalog. A printed catalog will be provided at registration.

Cancellations must be received, in writing, by July 14.


George Sugai

George Sugai

Professor George Sugai received his M.Ed. in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1980 at the University of Washington. His primary areas of interests are positive behavior support (PBS), systems change, personnel preparation, behavioral disorders, social skills instruction, behavioral consultation, behavioral assessment procedures, applied behavior analysis (ABA), and strategies for effective school-wide, classroom, and individual behavior management. Currently at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Sugai is Carole J. Neag Endowed Chair in Behavior Disorders and professor with tenure. He has taught graduate level special education courses in applied behavior analysis, emotional or behavioral disorders, behavioral consultation, social skills instruction, and classroom/behavior management. He is Research Scientist in the Center for Behavioral Education and Research in the Neag School of Education, which focuses on research and outreach activities related to promoting effective academic and social behavior supports. Sugai has presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences and professional meetings, and has served as advisor to the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services. His international work includes projects in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, New Zealand, Netherlands, Australia, Spain, and Canada, and invitations to present in Japan, England, Netherlands, and Denmark.

As Project Director or Co-Director of major training or research grants totaling over $60 million, Dr. Sugai has ample experience in the implementation, operation, and supervision of grant-related projects. Dr. Sugai has a noteworthy publi­cation record in refereed journals. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles, numerous monographs, and five college textbooks on effective teaching practices and ABA. Dr. Sugai’s research emphasizes effective applications of ABA principles and PBS procedures to problems found in educational contexts. The subject populations include students with severe challenging behavior, students with at-risk behaviors, and students described as having severely challenging behaviors. His recent work has focused on school-wide student populations related to school climate, culture, and leadership.

Dr. Sugai is currently co-director (with Rob Horner at the University of Oregon and Tim Lewis at the University of Missouri) of the national Center on Positive behavioral Interventions and Supports. The Center has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices. The Center has two foci: (a) broad dissemination to schools, families, and communities about a technology of school-wide positive behavioral support exists, and (b) demonstrations at the level of individual students, schools, districts, and states of effective and feasible implementation of school-wide positive behavioral support.

He also co-directs (with Mary Beth Bruder) the OSEP Early Childhood Personnel Center (www.ecpcta.org). This center facilitates the implementation of integrated and comprehensive early childhood systems of personnel development (CSPD) for all disciplines serving infants and young children with disabilities.


Hotel Accommodations

Kalahari Resort and Conference Center
1305 Kalahari Dr
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Room Block Name: WI RTI/CESA 5 2017
Hut - $144
Desert  - $154
2 Room Family Suite - $259
Lodge Suite - $174
First nights stay will be charged when making the reservation or Purchase orders are accepted.
Price cut off: July 14, 2017 or when block is full

Great Wolf Lodge
1400 Great Wolf Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Room Block Name: 1708WISC
Double Queen Sofa with Balcony/Patio - $134
First nights stay will be charged when making the reservation.
Price cut off: July 13, 2017 or when block is full