Educational psychologist and former director of special education as well as school bus attendant Dr. Ben Springer will present a half-day overview of behavioral management strategies at the Transporting Students with Disabilities (TSD) and Special Needs Conference in November.
Springer will commence the general session on Thursday, Nov. 16 in Frisco, Texas with a keynote address and will continue to share details of his “Aspen on the Bus” curriculum. Springer will discuss the importance of bridging the communication gap between the district and student transportation to ensure that there is cohesion between behavioral management in the classroom and on the school bus.
Springer will also show the benefits of shifting educator mindsets from changing the child’s behavior to changing how we address the child’s behavior. With extensive experience in working with students with various special needs and disabilities, he will speak on the importance of setting high but meaningful expectations to lessen aggression and raise satisfaction for both the students and the staff.
During his four-hour presentation, he will break down the details of creating a supportive environment onboard the school bus and answer the question “How do we support these kids through their growing process and the staff on how to identify a mental health crisis?” He will also address how to work within an overwhelmed system that is struggling to keep up with the increasing number of students with IEP’s and how to implement innovative solutions.
The son of two lifelong educators, Springer began his education career as a school bus attendant on routes for students with special needs. Springer received his master’s and doctorate degrees in educational psychology and has studied and spoken on school-wide positive behavior supports, bullying prevention programs, parental involvement, evidence-based practice, autism, and social skills instruction.
Formerly the director of special education at the Wasatch County School District in Utah, Springer is currently serving as the director of the Family Education Center at the district. He is also the author of two books, “GPS: Good Parenting Strategies: The No-Guilt Survival Guide for Parenting During the Pandemic and Beyond” and “Happy Kids Don’t Punch You in the Face: A Guide to Eliminating Aggressive Behavior in School.”
All TSD attendees will receive a free individual subscription to Springer’s ASPEN training courses, a $595 value. District packages with an unlimited number of subscriptions will also be available for purchase.
Save $100 on conference registration with the Early Bird Discount, valid through Oct. 13. Visit tsdconference.com to register.