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Terry Scott

  • PBIS training, coaching, and fidelity

  • Effective instructional practices for challenging students

  • Classroom management

  • Tier II interventions and social skills instruction

  • Functional behavior assessment (FBA) and behavior intervention planning (BIP)

  • Managing escalating behaviors

Biographical Sketch

Terrance M. Scott, Ph.D. is a Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville and is Director of the Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools (CIBRS).


Having received his Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of Oregon in 1994, over the course of his career, Dr. Scott has successfully competed for more than $22 million in external research and training funding. He has published over 100 articles, chapters, and media, including four books on a variety of issues in the areas of behavioral disorders and behavioral support systems.


In addition, he has conducted over 1200 presentations, workshops, and training activities throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway.


In 2004 he received the Distinguished Early Career Award from the Research Division of the International Council for Exceptional Children and in 2012 he received the Outstanding National Leadership Award from the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders and was elected President of this organization in 2013. He was a 2-term editor of Beyond Behavior and has guest edited eight different special journal issues.


As a former counselor and teacher of students with seriously challenging behaviors, Dr. Scott’s research interests focus on school-wide prevention systems, the role of instructional variables in managing student behavior, managing learning environments, functional behavior assessment/intervention, and scientific research in education.


Presentation Topics

Dr. Scott typically speaks on the following topics. His presentations involve a mix of logic with evidence, video examples, and engaging activities.


  • A Logic for Evidence-Based Prevention: Creating Momentum

  • School-Wide Systems of Positive Behavioral Support (PBIS)

    • School PBIS Team Training

    • Talking to Adults About the Logic of PBIS

    • Sustaining Fidelity with PBIS

  • Evidence-Based Instruction for Students with Challenging Behavior

    • Applications of Effective Instruction to Small Group Social Skills 

    • Effective instruction as Social Justice: Creating Student Success

    • Evidence-Based Classroom Management: Building a Momentum for Success

    • Basics of Classroom Management: Creating Effective Learning Environments

    • Dealing with Challenging and Escalating Students

    • Considering Suspension and the Alternatives

    • Addressing the Disproportional Use of suspension

    • Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning

    • Simplified FBA and Team-Based Planning

Dr. Terry Scott