Keynote speech: Relationship-based teaching and the pedagogy of relationship building to support inclusion of students with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Breakout session topics: Classroom management to begin the school year, functional behavior analysis, and avoiding teacher burnout.

Justin D. Garwood, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont (UVM). Dr. Garwood completed his doctorate in Special Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His research and teaching focuses on students with and at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) across three specific areas:

  1. Pre-service preparation and teachers use of relationship-based pedagogy.
  2. Academic interventions.
  3. Classroom management.

Dr. Garwood serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and he is a licensed teacher in English Education 7-12 and Special Education K-12. In 2018, Dr. Garwood’s research was recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children – Division of Research for the Early Career Publication Award and his teaching was recognized by the NC Council for Exceptional Children – Teacher Education Division for the Outstanding Early Career Award in Teacher Preparation. In 2019, Dr. Garwood received the Research Article of the Year Award from the American Council on Rural Special Education.