GAPBS Conference

13th Annual Conference
December 2-3, 2020
…and we’re going Virtual!

Registration costs $50 for both days.

To register a group of 10+ people, email

Click HERE to review past presentations

Click HERE to check out last year’s conference agenda

*To register as a group (10+ people), please e-mail

Conference FAQs

How do I register for the conference?

  • This year’s virtual conference costs $50 per person. Discounts are available for APBS members, and groups of 10 or more people. Please use the link below to register!


*To register as a group (10+ people), please e-mail

What is the mission of GAPBS?

  • The Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support (GAPBS) is a network of the National Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS; The purpose of the GAPBS network is to increase the visibility of positive behavior support in our state. The network aims to provide a collaborative statewide effort to disseminate positive behavior support practices. The network supports a range of persons interested in promoting positive behavior support capacity building initiatives, promoting the use of positive practices, and promoting membership in the national APBS organization.The GAPBS network has been in existence since 1997, core members of this initial group then reorganized in 2008, with national APBS approval as an independent grassroots network. The GAPBS network has grown from the core group to a state-wide collaborative network representing local education agencies, state projects, disability advocates, parents, higher education, juvenile justice, and private consultants.Presently, the GAPBS network conducts quarterly meetings in regional locations to facilitate accessibility for the members. Since 2008, the Georgia Network has organized to sponsor an annual statewide conference with the support from the Center for Leadership in Disability/Georgia State University and the Department of Educational Psychology & Special Education/Georgia State University.


I am interested in joining GAPBS. Whom do I contact?

  • Lara Sims is the current President of the Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support. You can contact her at

Our other officers include:

  • Kymberly Harris, President-elect, Georgia Southern University
  • Jessica Burger, Secretary, Pioneer RESA

Why should I attend the GAPBS Conference?

Each year, this conference brings together educators, interventionists, family members, clinicians and community partners to share research, information and resources regarding positive behavior supports and the lasting impact they have upon our homes, schools and community.

Reasons to Attend:

  • Practitioner’s Conference
  • Networking Opportunities
  • CEU Opportunities
  • Applicable Strategies
  • Expert Knowledge
  • PBIS Content Across Lifespan
  • Renewed Motivation!

What should I know about the 13th annual GAPBS conference?

  • Dates: December 2-3th, 2020
  • Location: Online

What is this year's Agenda?

Day 1:

  • 9:00-12:15 – Welcome/Intro/Morning Keynote
  • 12:15-1:00 – Lunch/Exhibitors
  • 1:00-2:15 – Keynote
  • 2:30-3:15 – Innovative Practices/Exhibitors
  • 4:00-5:00 – Breakout Sessions

Day 2:

  • 9:00-10:00 – Welcome/Intro
  • 10:15-11:00 – Keynote
  • 11:00-12:00 – Lunch/Exhibitors
  • 12:00-1:00 – Breakout Sessions

*detailed session information will be available on the Pathable app

Who will be this year's Keynotes?

Day 1:

Judge Steven Teske: He’s going to discuss equity and talk about ways to support children from preschool through young adulthood.




Dr. Jemelleh Coes: Anti-racist teaching and disproportionality




Day 2:

Dr. Heather George: No One is Exempt! The Need for Safety, Equity and Working Together

What are this year's Breakout Sessions?

Day 1:

  • Tony Feldmann, GaDOE: Strengthening Your PBIS Framework Given Current Events!
  • CLD: Developing and Implementing Class wide Behavior Support Plans to Address Individualized Supports
  • DECAL: Nurturing an Effective Workforce: Leadership Strategies and Considerations that Support Educators and the Social Emotional Development of Students
  • Michele Flowers, Clayton County Schools: Integrating Restorative, Trauma-Informed and Cultural Responsive Practices to Propel your PBIS Framework
  • Kenya Gilmore and Nikki Sutton, Muscogee County Schools: Putting the “Universal” in Universal Screening: Focusing on the Whole Child….MCSD’s Journey
  • Leigh Colburn, Centergy Project: The Transformative Power of Student Voice and Wraparound Services
  • Lisa Futch, Coastal Academy GNETS: Survival of the Fittest: “Changing Your Lens in 2020”

Day 2:

  • Tammi Clarke, GADOE: Sources of Strength
  • CLD: Mental Health Supports within a Tier 3 System
  • DECAL: Targeted Social Emotional Strategies for Educators
  • North Metro GNETS: Culturally Responsive Triangulation of Data That Helps Reduce Bias and Disproportionality
  • Robert J Marsh, Mercer University: Exploring Tier II Intervention Options to Improve Student Behavior and Mental Health Outcomes
  • High School Panel
  • Cobb County (Awaiting title)

2020 Awards

New for 2020!!! 2020 Call for GAPBS Award Nominations

This year, GAPBS will recognize educators in the field of Positive Behavior Support!!

Outstanding Leadership

This annual award will be given to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in moving the GAPBS initiative forward at either the school, district, or state level.  Preference will be given to candidates whose applications reflect commitment to positive behavior support as demonstrated through their achievements in mentorship and service; as well as a demonstrated commitment to the application of positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS) principles and technology in the field.

For additional information and the nomination form click here


Innovative Practices

This annual award will be given to an individual or group that has shown creativity and innovation in its implementation of PBS in the state through innovative efforts, practices, or policies.  Preference will be given to innovations that demonstrate a specific new, non-traditional program or approach designed to address a particular or unique need of a district, student or teacher population in the implementation of PBS.

For additional information and the nomination form click here

All nominations must be submitted by 11:59 pm on September 30, 2020.

Please contact Michelle Bolling at
if you have any questions about the nomination process.

Registration Related Questions

Several people from my school are planning to attend the conference. Can I register them all at one time? If so, how do I do this?

If your group contains ten or more people, we ask that you complete our group registration form. To obtain this form, please email

If your group contains less than ten people, please register each person in Marketplace, our registration management system. To register your group, please go here: Access Marketplace

I’m paying for the conference through a check or purchase order, when does my payment need to be received?

Registration payment is not due at the time of registration. However, if possible, we ask that payments be mailed to our office prior to the conference. Checks need to be made payable to: Georgia State University. Registration checks can be mailed to the following address:

Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support
Attn: Charlena Gatlin
Center for Leadership in Disability
Georgia State University
75 Piedmont Avenue NE, Suite 514
Atlanta, GA 30303

My school needs a W9, in order to pay for the conference. Whom do I contact about this?

Please email with an email titled “W9 needed”.

I need an agenda to attach with my travel authorization. Where can I find the full program?

We will be posting the full program in the upcoming weeks. The schedule for the conference is as follows:

What are the approved payment methods?

On the last page of your online registration form, you will be given three payment options: credit card, check or purchase order. Checks and purchase orders must be made out to Georgia State University.

Please send all purchase orders and checks to the following  address:

Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support
Attn: Molly Tucker
Center for Leadership in Disability
Georgia State University
75 Piedmont Avenue NE, Suite 514
Atlanta, GA 30303


If you are paying for multiple registrants with one check or purchase order, please include a memo alongside the payment. The memo should include the names of everyone being covered by the payment. This allows us to confirm that everyone has paid properly.

How can I become an exhibitor or sponsor for GAPBS?

  • We have two exhibitor types:
    • Non Profit/Individual ($300)
    • For Profit ($450)
  • We have 5 sponsorship levels:
    • Friends of GAPBS ($100-$199)
    • Bronze ($200-$299)
    • Silver ($300-$499)
    • Gold ($500-$1,000)
    • Platinum ($1,001+)

Who are this year’s sponsors and exhibitors?

  • More information coming soon!

Whom do I contact if I have questions about the conference?

Can I recieve CEU credit for attending this conference?

  • We are in the process of applying for CEUs. This site will be updated as they are approved.

Who do I contact, if I have accommodation needs, such as Braille or an interpreter?

Please email with your specific needs. In your email, please include your email address and phone number, in case we have any questions regarding your request.

*If in need of a Sign Language interpreter, please contact us by no later than October 15, 2018*

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