McDowell Institute hosts expert

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University's McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support will hold its annual speaker series on Wednesday, Feb. 15 featuring Rose Iovannone. The talk will be at Monty’s beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free and no pre-registration required.

Iovannone is the principal investigator and director of the Florida Diagnostic Learning Resource Center Multi-disciplinary Clinic within the Florida Mental Health Institute, Division of Applied Research and Educational Support at the University of South Florida. Her current research and outreach endeavors emphasize design and implementation of sustainable individualized-intensive interventions and supports to address the needs of students with complex needs. She has authored an array of journal publications and books highlighting the comprehensive delivery of person-centered Positive Behavior Support and is a highly sought provider of training and systems design consultation by schools and human service agencies. She is a board certified behavior analyst and has served in numerous leadership capacities throughout her career for the Association for Behavior Analysis International as well as the International Association for Positive Behavior Support.

The focus of this year’s event will be on designing effective systems of intensive Positive Behavior Support for individual students with complex needs. Increasingly schools are installing both universal and targeted forms of Positive Behavior Support to address non-academic barriers to learning. This session should prove highly valuable to future teachers, social workers and professionals from other child-serving systems.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.