Diana Browning Wright, Inc.

Training Topics

Presentations—Workshops, keynote addresses, breakout sessions and symposiums of a variety of lengths---full day to one hour----at national and regional conventions on key topics in special education, discipline, behavior support, threat assessment, educational reform, differentiated instruction, accommodation planning, etc. are offered.  Emphasis during presentations is on familiarizing participants with research, resources and practical solutions.


Sample Recent Exemplars:

· National Association of School Psychologists Government/Professional Relations and IDEA presentations—annual workshops

· LRP National Convention on Special Education Law—faculty member, annual national convention presentations

· Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)—annual presentations

· California Association of Resources Specialists Plus

· Arizona Special Education Directors Conference

· Alaska Statewide Special Education Convention

· California Safe Schools Convention


Training Day—One day workshops are provided to diverse audiences on a wide range of topics. Emphasis is on addressing belief system and knowledge base barriers to achieving more effective educational practices.


Sample Recent Exemplars:

1985-2006 hundreds of full day trainings at regional and district sites to and at statewide and national conventions. Presentations given to diverse audiences on a wide range of topics in education throughout the nation. Approximately 30,000 educators have participated to date.


Previous Presentation Topics 1988-2003 (updating 2003-2007) include:

Threat Assessment & Legal Liability, Lozano-Smith Special Education Statewide convention for Superintendents, Monterey, 2003.


Threat Assessment & Legal Liability, Association of California School Administrators, Monterey, 2004.


What Every Principal Should Know about Challenging Behavior, Association of California School Administrators, San Francisco, 2003.


Administrative Summary of the Behavior Support Plan Quality Evaluation Rubric, Association of California Pupil Personnel & Special Education, 2004.


Accommodations, Modifications and Differentiated Instruction in the Era of High Stakes Assessment, California Association of Resource Specialist- Plus, Palms Springs, 2004


Challenging Behavior in Students with IEPs: Legally Sound, Time Efficient and Effective Practices, LRP National Special Education Convention, Tampa 2002, ACSA-2001 & 2002, IDEA National Summit, Washington, D.C., Winter, 2002


IDEA Reauthorization: Discipline and Behavior Support Issues related to the Government Accounting Office Study, NASP Convention, Chicago, 2002.


The Authoritative Teacher’s Response to Students with Coping and Resilience Problems, Alaska State Special Education Conference Keynote Address, Anchorage, Alaska, February, 2002.


Handle With Care: Providing Post-Threat Behavior Support,  ACSA, Pupil Personnel Services Statewide Convention, Monterrey, 2001.


Handle With Care: What to Do After the Threat Assessment, Keynote Address at California Safe Schools 1st Annual Convention, Los Angeles, 2001


Balancing Zero Tolerance and Zero Rejection in the Manifestation Determination Process,  LRP Legal Convention, Las Vegas 2001


Strategies to Achieve Success with the Difficult Learner, NASP National Convention (National Association of School Psychologists), Washington, D.C., 2001


Panel: Respondent to Framing Paper on Positive Behavior Support and Discipline, IDEA National Summit, Washington, D.C., Spring, 2001


Manifestation Determination/FBA in Disciplinary Proceedings, Cal-ABA (California Association of Applied Behavior Analysts) Statewide Convention, L.A., 2001


Differentiating and Coordinating Accommodation Plans, Mental Health Treatment Plans and Behavior Support Plans, AND, Getting Buy-in!, Cal-ABA Statewide Convention, L.A., 2001


How Children Think and Learn: A Developmental Assessment Overview, CASP Statewide Convention (California Association of School Psychologists), Irvine, 2001


Panel: Delivering the Hard News Well: The Difficult Message of Mental Retardation, CASP Convention, Irvine, 2001


One Page Behavior Plans That Work, ACSA, Pupil Personnel Services Statewide Convention, Monterrey, 2001; California Association of Resource Specialists Plus Convention, 2002.


Invited Address: One Page Behavior Plans That Work, NASP Convention, New Orleans, 2000


Pre-conference Symposium for Superintendents and Principals: Balancing Zero Tolerance with Zero Rejection, ACSA (Association of California School Administrators) Convention, Los Angeles, 2000


Keynote: Pre-convention Workshops: Success For the Learner With Difficulties- CARS (California Association of Resource Specialists) 2000, 1999, 1998.


Safe School Strand Invited Address: Positive, Preventative Approaches: Behavioral Interventions, NASP, Las Vegas, 1999


Keynote: Behavior Plans and the IDEA, Oklahoma School Psychologist Convention 1998


Keynote: IDEA Mandates in Behavior, Statewide Convention on Behavior Interventions, 1998


Changes to IDEA that Impact Day to Day Services, CASP Convention 1998  Positive Behavioral Interventions-CASP, AASP, Cal-ABA Conventions 1992-97


Master Class in FAA Assessment For Experienced Trainers and Analysts, 1993-96 CASP, Cal-ABA Conventions


Creating Positive Educational Environments, Preschool-High School- 1993 CA. State Special Education Conference


Research Report: Overcoming Resistance to Inclusive Educational Practices-1996 TASH, 1995 Cal-TASH


Positive Interventions for Serious Behavior Problems-NASP, Chicago 1995, Arizona AASP, Tucson, 1996


Traumatic Brain Injury: Assessment and Intervention-CASP 1992-94


Creating Positive Educational Environments, Preschool-High School-CA. Special Education Conference 1993


Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Not Otherwise Specified, Autism Spectrum

Disorders-CASP Convention, 1991


Panel Introducing the Early Childhood/Preschool Assessment Manual: -CASP 1990


Panel Moderator, presenter: PT/OT and Related Services, CASP1989


Research Report: Japanese Education System:  An Overview, CASP 1988


Additional Invited Addresses and Workshops-(Data on Participant evaluation of effectiveness available on request) Averaging 25-40 full day presentations per year, across 300 school districts in Southern California, for the last ten years, as well as selected other regions in Northern California and adjacent states.  120-250 participants, per training, average. Topics include:


“Practicum: Scoring Behavior Plans with the Behavior Support Plan Quality Evaluation Rubric” 2003-2004


“Differentiated Instruction, Accommodations and Modifications in the Era of High Stakes Tests”, 2003-2004


“Hand in Hand: Coordination and Accountability in Mental Health Treatment, Behavior Support and Accommodation Plans,” 2001-2003


“Site Teams to Achieve Success with Difficult Learners,” 2000-2002


“One Page Behavior Plans That Work,” 1999-2002


“Balancing Zero Tolerance with Zero Rejection: Streamlined Discipline Procedures for Students with IEPs, Prevention and Intervention for All, “2000-02


“Discipline and Behavior Plans Consistent with IDEA Mandates,” 1997-00


“Supporting Behavior of Severely Disturbed Youth (Emotional Disturbances and Dual Diagnoses) in Non-public Residential Settings,” 1998


“Understanding Changes in IDEA Related to Behavior Support and Reporting Procedures,” 1998


“Intermediate Level: Behavior Analysis and Functional Analysis Assessment,” 1997-98


"ADHD Assessment, Interventions and Meta-cognitive Strategy-Based Instruction,” 1992-98


“How Children Think and Learn: An Overview of Cognitive and Emotional Development and Developmental Assessment With Corresponding “Appropriate Educational and Behavioral



“Selecting Classroom Accommodations and Establishing Effective Grading Techniques,” 1997


“Fostering Resilience for Students with Poor Coping Skills: Classroom, School and Individual Methods For Difficult Behaviors,” 1997


“Oppositional behavior, Severe Emotional Disturbance, Conduct Disorders and At-Risk Populations,” 1997


"Positive Behavioral Interventions For Serious Behavioral Problems,"1991-98


“Achieving Success For Learners With Difficulties,” 1996-98


“Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Parent/Professional Collaboration,"1991-96


“Factors to Consider in Developing Trainings that Overcome Resistance to Inclusion,” 1996


"Reinforcer Effectiveness-School-wide, Class-wide and Individual,” 1994-97


"Creating School-wide Positive Environments," 1994-97


"Advanced Level: Behavioral Analysis of Serious Behavior Problems," 1994-97


"Master Class in Analysis of Severe Behavior Problems," 1994-96


"Inclusive Educational Practices," 1994-97


"Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment and Intervention," 1992-94


"SED Program Planning and Non-violent Crisis Intervention,"1991-93


"Program Planning for Individuals with Autism,"1991-93


"P.D.D.N.O.S. and Functional Assessment," 1991


"ADHD, an Administrative Perspective," 1991


"A Positive and Creative Approach to Advocacy for Families," 1991


"Working with the Asian LD Youngster," 1990


 "Counseling and Assessment Issues with Second Generation Asian Adolescents," 1989


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