The 1st annual Great Lakes School-Based Behavior Solutions Summit was held October 10-12, 2011 at the North Star Conference Center in DeForest. 285 educators from 61 school districts and 4 agencies attended the event. “The presenters received very high marks from summit participants,” noted Summit co-founder David Perrodin. “Our evening hands-on technology session was also very popular — we still had a full crowd a half hour after it ended!”
Summit participants received a full day of training on functional behavioral assessments modeled, in large part, after the practices utilized in DeForest, an overview of how to create a restorative practices school, updates in trends in student mental health, and contemporary approaches to recognizing and meeting the sensory needs of children with autism.
Summit vendor Livescribe gave away over $8,000 in products to summit participants. Central to the Livescribe platform is the smartpen, a ballpoint pen with an embedded computer and digital audio recorder found in many schools. Eagle Point Elementary School special education Cheryl Bass was the winner of a 4GB Livescribe pen! Perrodin praised the presentations by DeForest staff Paul Herrick, Adam Zook, Kim Bannigan, Kathy Williams and Michael Koltes. “Our staff shined during the summit – it was fun to showcase them to the rest of Wisconsin,” added Perrodin.