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Minimizing Challenging Behaviors in the General Education Classroom

January 31, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

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One event on January 17, 2023 at 11:30 am

One event on January 24, 2023 at 8:00 am

One event on January 24, 2023 at 11:30 am

One event on January 31, 2023 at 8:00 am

One event on January 31, 2023 at 11:30 am

MADSEC in partnership with Maine Principals’ Association is offering a three-part workshop on:


Minimizing Challenging Behaviors in the General Education Classroom

Dates:  January 17, 24, and 31, 2023

Description: Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities (MADSEC), in collaboration with Maine Principals’ Association (MPA), is pleased to offer a 3-part online series with co-founders of Navigating Behavior Change, LLC exploring evidence-based strategies that prevent challenging behaviors in the classroom. Individual student behavior intervention plans typically contain strategies for preventing challenging behaviors, teaching new skills, and reinforcing desired behaviors. This training will apply the same core elements to the general education environment.

Participants in this three-part series will learn low effort, high impact evidence-based strategies which prevent challenging behaviors. Participants will also learn to identify missing behavior skills and how to effectively teach these. Finally, participants will learn a variety of evidence-based strategies to effectively respond to appropriate and inappropriate behaviors in the classroom.


Amanda Wilson, Ed.S., NCSP, BCBA, LBA – – Amanda is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and the co-founder of Navigating Behavior Change. She has 17 years of experience within the public school setting. In that time, she has worked with students across all disability categories, but her passion for applied behavior analysis has guided her focus primarily to students demonstrating significant challenging behaviors. Many of the students with whom she works experience autism spectrum disorders, emotional disturbances, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, mental health disorders, and trauma and stressor related disorders. Amanda is passionate about providing professional development to fellow educators so that they too can effectively and confidently teach the most challenging students. Amanda received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Alaska Pacific University, before receiving both a Master’s Degree and Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She received a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Joseph’s University.

Danielle Gonyea, MS, BCBA, LBA – – Danielle Gonyea is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Special Education Teacher, and co-founder of Navigating Behavior Change. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Vermont. Danielle attended the Florida Institute of Technology where she completed certification as a Behavior Analyst. Danielle started her educational journey as a paraprofessional many years ago. She fell in love with the population of students who many deemed “too dangerous” or “difficult to connect with.” She quickly began her teaching career which eventually led her into the consulting field. Much like her counterpart Amanda, the children with whom Danielle primarily works experience significant mental health disorders, anxiety, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and autism spectrum disorder. Current emphases of her work include trauma-informed practice, classroom transformations, and organizational behavior management (OBM).

January 17, 2023: Maximizing Classroom Structure to Prevent Challenging Behaviors Description: This training will outline Tier 1 supports necessary to establish clear classroom structure which are often overlooked or implemented with weak fidelity resulting in increased challenging behaviors. Participants will learn the rationale behind focusing on effectively implementing these low cost, high efficacy supports to minimize challenging behaviors and the need for higher effort adult
interventions. Strategies covered include effective room arrangement, use of visual supports, teaching and reviewing expectations and routines, correctly using active supervision, and active student response methods.

January 24, 2023: Teaching Missing Skills to Improve Classroom Behavior Description: It’s easy to assume students have the necessary behavior and social skills to effectively navigate the school environment. However, this isn’t always the case. Many students have missing skills or performance deficits which adversely impact their ability to function within the classroom.  This training will outline steps to determine if challenging behaviors are a result of skill deficits or performance deficits. Participants will then learn the steps to implement Teaching Interactions, an evidence-based methodology for teaching missing skills.

January 31, 2023:  Effectively Responding to Appropriate and Inappropriate Behaviors Description: Educators often ask, “What do I do when…insert challenging behavior… occurs?” While there’s no consistent easy answer, there are many evidence-based strategies that can be utilized in response to both appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. Participants in this training will learn the rationale for consistently and effectively responding to appropriate behavior. Evidence-based strategies, such as behavior specific praise, group contingencies, and behavior contracts will be discussed. Likewise, evidence-based responses to inappropriate behaviors, such as error correction, overcorrection, and differential reinforcement will also be discussed.

Each session is offered at 2 different times to accommodate busy teachers!

AM Session: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
PM Session: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Virtually via Zoom (links will be emailed to registrants)

Conference Cost:  $179/person

With registration of 3 teachers, 1 school principal attends for free
(Principals use code PRINCIPAL when registering)

Professional Development Hours: Contact hours will be provided to attendees after the conference


January 31, 2023
8:00 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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