Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support Conference (GAPBS)

Thank you for attending the 2017 GAPBS Conference!
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The 2017 GAPBS Conference saw approximately 1400 attendees, 14 exhibitors, 9 featured speakers,
111 presentations, and 25 posters! Thank you to our participants, and see you all next year!

Conference FAQs

What is the mission of GAPBS?

  • The Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support (GAPBS) is a network of the national Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS; The purpose of the GAPBS network is to increase the visibility of positive behavior support in our state. The network aims to provide a collaborative statewide effort to disseminate positive behavior support practices. The network supports a range of persons interested in promoting positive behavior support capacity building initiatives, promoting the use of positive practices, and promoting membership in the national APBS organization.


I am interested in joining GAPBS. Whom do I contact?

  • Jason Byars is the current President of the Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support. You can contact him at

Why should I attend the GAPBS Conference?

  • Each year, this conference brings together educators, interventionists, family members, clinicians and community partners to share research, information and resources regarding positive behavior supports and the lasting impact they have upon our homes, schools and community.

What should I know about the 10th annual GAPBS conference?

  • Theme: “Connecting School, Community and Home Through Positive Behavior Support”
  • Dates: November 28-29th, 2017
  • Location: Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia

Who will be speaking at this year’s conference?


Dr. George Sugai

Dr. George Sugai, PhD, a Special Education Professor at the University of Connecticut and the Co-Director of the Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports will be our keynote speaker this year. His primary interests are positive behavior support, systems change, personnel preparation, behavioral disorders, social skills instruction, behavioral consultation, behavioral assessment procedures, applied behavior analysis and strategies for effective school-wide, classroom, and individual behavior management.

How do I register for the conference?

Click here to register for GAPBS!


** Presenters must register by August 31, 2017! **

*The volunteer discount is available in exchange for working a 4 hour volunteer shift during the conference. To sign up as a volunteer and receive the discount code, email Volunteer slots are limited.

Registration Related Questions

Several people from my school are planning to attend the conference. Can I register them all at one time? If so, how do I do this?

If your group contains ten or more people, we ask that you complete our group registration form. To obtain this form, please email

If your group contains less than ten people, please register each person in RegOnline, our registration management system. To register your group, please following the directions below:
1.Access RegOnline

2.Select Registration Type: General Registration

3. Once you have entered your information (name, email address, affiliation), you will be taken to the second page of the registration process titled “Agenda”. At the bottom of this page, you will see a button that says “Add Another Person”. Click on this button and it will then prompt you to create a password. Once you’ve created a password it will give you the option of registering another participant, through the same process outlined above. You can then repeat the same process for remaining attendants.

4. After registering each individual, RegOnline will take you to the last page of the registration process, which pertains to payment information. The invoice will include all of your registrants. You will have the option of paying with credit card, a purchase order or with a check. If you choose to pay with a check or purchase order, we ask that when you mail your payment that you include a memo with each person’s name. This way we can correctly attachment payments to registrants.

Whenever I select purchase order or check on the payment page, I receive an error message. It says that I must use a credit card. What do I do next?

Please email a screenshot of the error message that you are receiving to We will contact the technical support team for RegOnline, our online registration portal, about the issue and get back to you shortly.

I can only take one day off of work, can I register under the Birth to Five track option?

The Birth to Five option is reserved for individuals that work in early childhood settings and are associated with the Department of Early Care and Learning or Babies Can’t Wait.

I’m paying for the conference through a check or purchase order, when does my payment need to be received?

Registration payment is not due at the time of registration. However, if possible, we ask that payments be mailed to our office prior to the conference. Payments can be sent to the following address:

Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support
Attn: Charlena Gatlin
Center for Leadership in Disability
Georgia State University
75 Piedmont Avenue NE, Suite 514
Atlanta, GA 30303

I submitted my registration but did not receive a confirmation. What do I do now?

Most likely, your registration did not submit properly. This means that your registration status is incomplete. Please follow the link below and click “View or Change Your Existing Registration.” This will allow you to complete your registration and submit payment.

Click here to access RegOnline

If you are still having problems after completing the process outline above, please email

My school needs a W9, in order to pay for the conference. Whom do I contact about this?

Please email with an email titled “W9 needed”.

I need an agenda to attach with my travel authorization. Where can I find the full program?

We will be posting the full program in the upcoming weeks. The schedule for the conference is as follows:

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
8:15 a.m. Welcome, GAPBS President, Jason W. Byars
8:30 a.m. Georgia School Superintendent, Richard Woods
9:00 a.m. Keynote Address, George Sugai, Ph.D.
10:15 a.m. Breakout #1
11:30 a.m. Lunch Break and Poster Sessions
12:15 p.m. Breakout #2
1:45 p.m. Featured Speakers and Breakout #3
3:15 p.m. Breakout #4

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
8:00 a.m. Welcome, Georgia Department of Education PBIS Director, Justin Hill
8:30 a.m. 2017 Georgia Superintendent of the Year, Joseph Barrow, Ed.D.
9:15 a.m. Featured Speakers and Breakout #1
10:45 a.m. Breakout #2
12:00 p.m. Lunch Break
12:45 p.m. Breakout #3
2:15 p.m. Breakout #4

What are the approved payment methods?

On the last page of your online registration form, you will be given three payment options: credit card, check or purchase order. Checks and purchase orders must be made out to Georgia State University.

Please send all purchase orders and checks to the following  address:

Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support
Attn: Charlena Gatlin
Center for Leadership in Disability
Georgia State University
75 Piedmont Avenue NE, Suite 514
Atlanta, GA 30303


If you are paying for multiple registrants with one check or purchase order, please include a memo alongside the payment. The memo should include the names of everyone being covered by the payment. This allows us to confirm that everyone has paid properly.

How can I become an exhibitor or sponsor for GAPBS?

  • We have two exhibitor types:
    • Non Profit/Individual ($259)
    • For Profit ($399)
  • We have 4 sponsorship levels:
    • Bronze ($100-$199)
    • Silver ($200-$299)
    • Gold ($300-$499)
    • Platinum ($500+)
  • If you are interested in being either an exhibitor or sponsor, please contact us at

Whom do I contact if I have questions about the conference?

Where do you recommend that attendees stay during the conference?

We do not have an official conference hotel but below is a list of recommendations within a few miles of the Infinite Energy Center.  This list contains hotels at various prices, as we know everyone’s travel budget is different.


Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta NE/Gwinnett Sugarloaf
2040 Sugarloaf Cir, Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 495-7600

Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta NE/Duluth Sugarloaf
1940 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 814-2929

Wingate by Wyndham Duluth/Atlanta
3450 Venture Pkwy NW, Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-7277

Hyatt Place Atlanta/Duluth/Gwinnett Mall
3530 Venture Pkwy NW, Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 623-9699

Best Western Gwinnett Center Hotel
3670 Shackleford Rd, Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 935-7171

Courtyard Atlanta Gwinnett Mall
3550 Venture Pkwy NW, Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 476-4666

LaQuinta Inn: Duluth
2370 Stephens Center Drive
Duluth, GA 30096

Holiday Inn: Gwinnett Center
6310 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097

Is lunch included in our registration fee?

No, attendees are responsible for paying for their own lunches. There will be food trucks available as well as indoor vendors.  We recommend budgeting around $15 for lunch, depending on which option you choose. Additionally, there is a concession stand open for a majority of each day.  Complimentary coffee, tea and water is provided throughout the day.

Which food trucks will be at this year’s conference?

The following food trucks have confirmed that they will be attending this year’s conference. We will update this site as more trucks confirm their attendance. Closer to the conference, we will upload their GAPBS specific menus.

Can I receive CEU credit for attending this conference?

Below are the CEU credits that we offered at the 2016 conference. We are in the process of reapplying for the same credits this year. Once we have received approval from the various organizations, we will notify you that they are available for purchase. You can either purchase them online through RegOnline, our conference registration portal, or you can pay for them onsite.

Professional Hours
Marriage and Family Therapists

Social Work

12.5 CEs
Early Interventionists (Project SCEIs) 6.25 hours
Department of Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start) 6 clock hours
School Psychologists (NASP) 12.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours
Educators 1.0



Is there a conference app that I can download?

Yes, we have partnered with Grupio to provide attendees with a conference app. This app is available for free download on both Apple and Android products. Additionally, you can access the app’s contents at The app is a work in progress and will be updated frequently between now and the conference.


How much does it cost to park at the Infinite Energy Center?

Parking is free but spaces are limited. Please carpool with other attendees from your school or agency, if possible.

Click the link below to learn more about how to access the Infinite Energy Center:
Parking and Directions

Who do I contact, if I have accommodation needs, such as Braille or an interpreter?

Please email with your specific needs. In your email, please include your email address and phone number, in case we have any questions regarding your request.

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