Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute Presbyterian College

Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute

Ninth Annual Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute

Virtual Workshop – Why Are Children’s Behaviors So Challenging Today and What Can We Do?

The Education Department invites preservice and inservice educators to attend the Ninth Annual Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Presbyterian College. This event is free and open to all educators.

This session provides an overview of the many emotional and behavioral challenges that we see facing our children today. We will discuss why many behavior strategies do not work before exploring an array of successful approaches. Participants will leave the workshop with multiple practical and effective behavior strategies that can be implemented in the classroom.

Presenter - Beverley Holden Johns

Beverley Holden Johns is a learning and behavior consultant with 40 years of experience working with students with learning disabilities and emotional and/or behavioral disorders within public schools. She was the founder of the Garrison Alternative School for students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders in Jacksonville, Illinois, and was its administrator until her retirement in 2003. She also served as a professional fellow at MacMurray College for several years until it closed in 2020. Johns is a published author of multiple books including 15 Positive Behavior Strategies to Increase Academic Success, Reduction of School Violence: Alternatives to Suspension (5th edition), and Techniques for Managing Verbally and Physically Aggressive Students (4th edition). She is the 2000 recipient of the Council for Exceptional Children Outstanding Leadership Award, the 2007 recipient of the Romaine P. Mackie Leadership Service Award, and the 2022 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Division on Visual and Performing Arts of the Council for Exceptional Children. She has presented workshops across the United States and Canada as well as in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Sydney, Australia (keynote); Warsaw, Poland; Wroclaw, Poland (keynote); Hong Kong, China; Lima, Peru; and Riga, Latvia.

When: Saturday, April 29, 2023

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Where: Zoom (link will be emailed before the event)

Register here by Tuesday, April 25 at 5 p.m. Please use your school email address to register.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

For questions about this event, please contact Dr. Tammy Graham at

About the Charles Chadwell Endowment for Special Education

This event is made possible by the Charles Chadwell Endowment for Special Education. The endowment was established in 1984 by Francis E. Cothran and his wife Jean Syminton Cothran in recognition of Dr. Charles Chadwell’s service as superintendent of the Whitten Center in Clinton. Billy Cothran, Mr. and Mrs. Cothran’s only son, was a resident of the Whitten Center. The endowment is designed to be used for scholarship awards for students who plan to continue their education in the field of special education, and is also in place to “provide seminars, lectures, or workshops led by recognized authorities in fields related to Special Education, which will promote a better understanding of the circumstances” faced by individuals with disabilities and their families.

Past Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute Events