Month: January 2016

Sugai Addresses Legislators About Lowering Use of Restraints in Schools

Connecticut lawmakers and education leaders seeking to reduce the use of restraints and seclusion in public schools were encouraged this week by EPSY Professor George Sugai who offered a successful, research-driven alternative to addressing disruptive student behaviors.

More than 100 people attended a two-hour presentation at the state Capitol on Jan. 27, where professors George Sugai and Nicholas Gelbar described how a prevention and de-escalation strategy known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) can significantly reduce incidents of seclusion and restraint, while simultaneously improving the classroom climate for all students. Read more at http://spotlight.education.uconn.edu/2016/hands-off-reducing-restraints-in-connecticut-schools/

George Sugai

Betsy McCoach Receives 2016 Distinguished Researcher Awards

D. Betsy McCoach, Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment Program Coordinator, was named the 2016 Neag Distinguished Researcher. This award is given to a senior level-investigator in the Neag School of Education who, over at least the past 10-year period of time (at least five consecutive years at UConn), has made significant research contributions to his or her field of study.