BUFFALO, N.Y. – Robert Horner, PhD, nationally recognized
for his work in special education, will deliver the inaugural
lecture in the University at Buffalo Graduate School of
Education’s (GSE) new Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
Series on April 28 at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Theater on the UB
The lecture is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked
prior to April 11.
Horner, the Alumni-Knight Endowed Professor of Special Education
at the University of Oregon, will speak on “Enabling
Effective Schools: Implementation of School-wide Positive
Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).”
Horner will take questions after the lecture, which will be
followed by a reception.
The annual lecture series will provide GSE faculty and staff,
and Buffalo community members a chance to connect with leading
scholars who will lecture on a topic relevant to education.
This year’s event will focus on evidence-based school
interventions for child wellness. In his presentation, Horner will
review the core features and roles of PBIS, and the results of
research and implementation efforts over the past 15 years. He also
will share his experiences with intervention, which focuses on
reinforcing positive behavior, as opposed to a preventive
“We want our faculty to do more than publish, but to have
an impact on improving education in local schools and
communities,” says Dr. Jaekyung Lee, GSE dean and professor
of educational leadership and policy. “Dr. Horner’s
work has had a huge impact on schools across the nation and we
would like to learn more from him.”
In addition to the lecture, Horner will present a workshop for
GSE faculty on strategies to build more relevant research, gain
national grants and build more practical models of
Horner’s research has focused on developing evidence-based
interventions for people with and without disabilities. During the
past 20 years, he has been recognized with multiple awards and has
worked directly with schools in implementing school-wide systems of
positive behavior support.
The event is sponsored by the Adele H. Land Memorial Fund and
the Charlotte C. Acer Colloquia on Urban Education.