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School Discipline and School Climate: Is SEL or SWPBS the Best Approach?

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Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—The Center for Research on Families warmly welcomes Dr. George Bear, Professor of Education at the University of Delaware, to the UMass campus as part of the Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. In his lecture, Dr. Bear will discuss his research on school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) and social-emotional learning (SEL), exploring the effects of each approach on school discipline and school climate.

George Bear is a professor in the school psychology program at the University of Delaware. His primary areas of research interest are school discipline, school climate, and children’s social, emotional, and moral development. Dr. Bear serves on the editorial boards of the School Psychology Review, School Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, and Journal of School Violence. In addition to over 70 journal articles and book chapters, he has authored or co-authored 7 books, including Developing Self-Discipline and Preventing and Correcting Misbehavior and School Discipline and Self-Discipline: A Practical Guide to Promoting Prosocial Behavior.


This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.

Presenters: 

George Bear, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
University of Delaware

Date: 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:00pm

Location: 

Campus Center Room 904-08, UMass Amherst

Fees: 

Free and open to the public