2017 Summer Training Institute


June 14-16, 2017


Osage Beach, Missouri


Keynote Speaker – Steve Goodman, Ph.D. 

Dr. Steve Goodman is the director of Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative. He is a partner with the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Steve serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Positive Behavior Support. He was appointed by the Governor for Michigan’s PreK-12 Literacy Commission. He is a senior advisor to the National Center on Intensive Intervention. He has over 35 years in the field of education. Steve has co-authored articles and several book chapters.  He has also managed federal grants with funds totaling over $22,000,000 to support educators in the implementation of multi-tiered supports. Dr. Goodman recently. Dr. Goodman recently coauthored Integrated Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: Blending RTI and PBIS, a book on blending academic and behavior multi-tiered supports. 



Invited Speakers

Bertha Richardson, Ed.D.

Dr. Bertha Richardson began her educational career in 1973 in the St. Louis Public Schools. She worked from 1976-2004 in a suburb of St. Louis, University City as a teacher, curriculum developer and professional development specialist. Since retiring in 2004 she spent many years working throughout the USA and internationally to mediate learning for students and teachers.  She currently works with the MO Professional Learning Communities and Collaborative Work projects in cooperation with CSD.

Dr. Richardson has served on a number of state and local boards with the goal of furthering the achievement of all students. A recent MO state project was a partnership with McRel and the Closing the Gap Consortium. Some of her professional connections include Missouri Trainer of Character Plus, Cognitive Coaching, Grawemeyer Education Award Nominee, TESA Trainer and Legacy Management Institute Fellow.

Dr. Richardson pursues her mission of combining her love for learning with the prospect of helping others to meet educational challenges with strength and sensitivity. Her life experiences have prepared her to not just talk about fundamental changes in schooling but have provided her with the knowledge and expertise of why, how, and what such deep changes entail for children and staff in schools.  Her personal and profession mission statement is HOPEHelping Others to Pursue Excellence.


Kaye Otten; PhD, BCBA

Dr. Kaye Otten is an assistant professor of Special Education at the University of Central Missouri.  She has worked for over twenty-five years in schools as a behavioral and autism specialist and both a general and special educator. Dr. Otten’s areas of specialization include a function based thinking approach to behavior management, multi-tiered systems of behavior support and a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders.  She coauthored the book How to Reach and Teach Children with Challenging Behavior:  Practical Ready-To-Use Strategies that Work.


Kelsey Morris, Ed.D.

Dr. Kelsey Morris is an assistant teaching professor and Teaching Fellowship Program coordinator in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His areas of expertise include the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support in educational settings, behavioral systems and supports for targeted small groups, and data-based decision-making for continuous quality improvement.



Heather  Hatton, Ph.D.

Heather Hatton is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her areas of expertise include positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), meta-analytic techniques for single-case research, evidence-based practice in special education, and models for pre-service and in-service training.




Matt Enyart, MS. Ed.

Matt Enyart is Director of the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support at The University of Kansas. Matt leads both research and training teams across KIPBS activities. His research interests include organization and community applications of PBS, quality of life, individual-centered planning, juvenile corrections, interdisciplinary collaboration, systems of care, sexuality, transition, disability, policy, and state-wide evaluation. Matt leads multiple Kansas PBS projects, facilitates PBS Kansas, and chairs the International Home & Community PBS Network. His experience includes providing individualized PBS interventions and implementing layered PBS supports in family homes, schools, I/DD organizations, mental health organizations, juvenile detention centers, and acute care hospitals. Matt also provides PBS and related training to human service organizations in a variety of formats. Matt has worked with children and adults with behavior support needs for more than twenty years.


Betty Ennis, LPC 

Betty Ennis is a licensed counselor working in  private practice in Springfield, MO. She also serves as a therapist for Gateway Girls Home in Reeds Spring, MO.  Over the past 13 years, she has provided professional development for multiple Missouri school districts. She was a  MO SW-PBS consultant for 9 years, the last 7 of those as a Tier 2/3 Consultant for the Southwest Region. Betty continues to provide professional development within the state. Her areas of special interest and training are Bully Prevention and Mental Health issues.



Beth Houf

Beth Houf is a middle school principal in central Missouri. She also serves as a facilitator for the DESE Leadership Academy, providing monthly training to state educational leaders. She has spoken at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, the Association for Middle Level Education National Conference and many state and local educational venues. She is also active in her local, state and national elementary principal associations. Beth has also been a guest lecturer at William Woods University, Westminster University and the University of Missouri. Beth was named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011 and the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016.


Over 70 Breakout Sessions! Here are  just a few!

  • District Planning for MTSS

  • PBISchat moderators on social media

  • *NEW* MO SW-PBS Online Modules

  • Using Data to Monitor Disproportionality

  • The Administrator as Coach

  • Integrating Academics and Behavior in the Classroom

  • Alternatives to Suspension and Restorative Practices

  • You’re Welcome Here! Creating a Climate of Support and Respect for All

  • Connecting Trauma to SW-PBS

    For  a complete list of sessions/presenters, click HERE