3rd Annual Behavior, Education, Technology Conference Put Focus on Bullying Prevention

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PHOENIX - Feb. 17, 2014 - PRLog -- The Behavior, Education, Technology Conference (BET-C) takes place at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix on February 20, 2014.  The conference highlights how K-12 educators can improve student achievement, behavior, and school climate through a process of systemic change called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Over 16,000 schools across the nation are implementing this process to find solutions to common problems like disruptive behavior and bullying.

“BET-C provides teachers, staff and administrators practical information that can be used right away to support continuous improvement in our schools and better outcomes for our students,” said Susan Benjamin, Special Education Director at Madison School District in Phoenix.

Representatives from Phoenix Union High School District, Dysart Unified School District, Gilbert Public Schools, Balsz Elementary School District, Page Unified School District, and Peoria Unified School District are among other districts slated to attend.

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Terrance M. Scott, an internationally known expert in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Breakout session topics include bullying prevention, school safety and security, student engagement, teaching with Web 2.0 tools, and panel discussions and a film festival focused on implementing and sustaining the kind of systemic change required to improve school climate.

"BET-C is a one of a kind experience focused on effective practices that improve behavior and climate in schools,” said Jean Ajamie, Director of Safe Schools and Prevention at the Arizona Department of Education, “This conference is a must for teachers, support personnel and administrators."

A pervasive problem schools are currently faced with is bullying.

“Despite the massive attention to bullying, common approaches have not made good progress in our schools,” said presenter Yadira Flores, a school psychologist with the Scottsdale Unified School District. “Bullying continues to occur and is manifested in different forms with serious, detrimental effects. Educators need to know how to teach and reinforce bullying prevention skills using a school-wide, systemic approach”.

Flores’ session, “Bully Prevention: A System-Based Approach” will be presented at 12:45pm.

Sponsors and exhibitors such as KOI Education, Odysseyware, the Arizona Department of Education, PlascoTrac, LEGO Education, and Honeywell present this unique event for teachers, administrators, and school staff.

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