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Accentuate the Positive: Strategies for Social/Emotional and Behavioral Challenges


Every classroom has one or more students with behavioral problems that challenge even the most effective teachers, paraeducators, and other school personnel. In this workshop, you will learn evidenced-based, classroom-based prevention and response strategies designed to support students with social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges. Educators will be able to understand the nature of students with challenging behavior and the classroom climate, core values and positive behavior expectations conducive to learning. Strategies will include: self-regulation, responses to student behavior, and avoidance of power struggles. In addition, the strategies will be embedded in multi-tiered framework and aligned with data-based decision-making to assess effectiveness. You will be given practical examples and materials and have opportunities to practice designing and using the strategies.

Instructor Bios


Accentuate the Positive: Strategies for Social/Emotional and Behavioral Challenges

  • Howard Muscott teaching

    Howard S. Muscott, Ed.D.

    Howard Muscott is director of the New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Support (NH-CEBIS), a statewide technical assistance and training network aimed at promoting positive and preventive school discipline systems and improving the emotional well-being of all children including those with emotional/behavioral disorders.

    Howard has 40 years of experience in education ranging from preschool through high school and higher education.  He has been a special education teacher and principal of three different schools for students with disabilities. In 2008, he retired as professor of education from Rivier College where he directed the Undergraduate Special Education program and the graduate program in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders for 15 years. 

     Dr. Muscott is nationally known for his work and publications in the fields of schoolwide discipline, positive behavior supports, educating students with emotional/behavioral disorders and service-learning. A frequent keynote speaker and consultant to schools, he has delivered more than 400 presentations to educators and families in New Hampshire, across the country and internationally.

    Dr. Muscott has been honored with numerous professional awards within NH and nationally including the National Lifetime Leadership Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The national Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) honored his leadership by creating a national service award in his name.

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