15 Positive Behavior Strategies to Increase Academic Success


Beverley Holden Johns

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    Corwin gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following reviewers:

    Sandra E. Archer

    Peer Assistance and Review Teacher

    Volusia County Schools, Ormond Beach, FL

    Marsha Basanda

    Fifth Grade Teacher

    Monarch Elementary, Simpsonville, SC

    Renee Bernhardt

    Ed.S. Curriculum and Instruction, TSA for Learning Support

    Cherokee County School District, Canton, GA

    Mary Guerrette

    Director of Special Education

    MSAD #1, Presque Isle, ME

    Mary Reeve, M.Ed.

    Special Education Director

    Gallup McKinley County Schools, NM

    Sylvia Rockwell, Ph.D.

    University Faculty

    Saint Leo University, Palm Harbor, FL

    Christine Ruder

    Third Grade Teacher

    Rolla Public Schools, Truman Elementary, MO

    Joyce Sager, Ed.D.

    Special Education Inclusion Teacher

    Gadsden City Schools, AL

    Susan E. Schipper


    Charles Street School, Palmyra BOE

    Diane P. Smith

    School Counselor

    Smethport Area School District, PA

    Rachel Spenner

    Sixth Grade Literacy Teacher

    Westridge Elementary, West Des Moines Community School District, IA

    About the Author

    Beverley Holden Johns has 40 years of experience working with students with autism, learning disabilities (LD), and emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) within the public schools. She supervised LD and EBD teachers in 22 school districts, was the founder and administrator of the Garrison Alternative School for students with severe EBD in Jacksonville, Illinois, and later the coordinator for staff development for the Four Rivers Special Education District. She is now a learning and behavior consultant, and a Professional Fellow at MacMurray College (where she teaches courses on Special Education Law, on Adaptations for the General Education Classroom, and on EBD). She chaired the 10th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Special Education (IASE) held June 10 to 14, 2007, in Hong Kong, served as President of IASE from 2006 until January 1, 2010, and presided over the 11th Biennial Conference in Alicante, Spain, in 2009. She presented the Inaugural Marden Lecture at The University of Hong Kong in January, 2006.Johns is the lead author of 11 books (and coauthor of four others) including (4th edition); (3rd edition); and She has written the workbook to accompany the video titled and more than 40 education and special education articles.She is coauthor with Janet Lerner of the seminal college LD textbook, the 13th edition of She developed an online course and appeared in a video for the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and students with disabilities.She is the 2000 recipient of the Council for Exception Children (CEC) Outstanding Leadership Award from the International CEC, served for 3 years as Chair of CEC's Advocacy and Governmental Relations Committee, as past International President of the Council for Children With Behavioral Disorders (CCBD), and as past President of the CEC Pioneers, and received the 2007 Recipient of the Romaine P. Mackie Leadership Service Award.She is listed in , and She has chaired the Illinois Special Education Coalition (ISELA; whose membership includes 14 statewide organizations) for 34 years.She has presented workshops across the United States and Canada; in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Sydney, Australia (keynote); Warsaw, Poland; Wroclaw, Poland (keynote); Hong Kong; Lima, Peru; and Riga, Latvia.She is the President of the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of Illinois and has been the National State Presidents’ Representative on the Board of LDA of America.She served as President of the Illinois Division on Learning Disabilities (DLD) and as Secretary and Governmental Relations Chair for the National Board of DLD.She is a graduate of Catherine Spalding College in Louisville, Kentucky, and received a fellowship for her graduate work at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, where she received an M.S. in Special Education. She has done postgraduate work at the University of Illinois, Western Illinois University, SIU, and Eastern Illinois University.

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