Dr. Joe Olmi, professor and chairman in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology, recently made a presentation on the empirical evidence supporting positive behavioral supports in high school at the SEDL (Southeast Comprehensive Center at SEDL) Response to Intervention Summit: Tiered Interventions and Evidence-Based Strategies for Improving Student Outcomes in High School, Feb. 24-25 in Charleston, S.C.
The summit was attended by teams of education personnel from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas state departments of education.Joe Olmi
SEDL is a private, non-profit corporation with a stated mission of solving significant problems facing educational systems and communities across the country to ensure a quality education for all learners through a commitment to long term, systematic, research- and experience-based solutions derived from research, development, evaluation, information provision, technical assistance and professional development.
Its primary efforts are in five program areas, including improving school performance; strengthening teaching and learning in content areas; integrating technology into teaching and learning; involving family and community in student learning; and connecting disability research to practice. Work in these areas concentrates on K–16 education and on underserved students, particularly those living in poverty.
Olmi has also previously served as director of the USM School Psychology Service Center, the clinical training arm of the School Psychology Program. His research interests include compliance training in young children, AD/HD assessment and treatment; home- and school-based interventions for children who are at-risk; and appropriate practices in school psychology.
For information about the Southern Miss Department of Psychology and its programs, online visit www.usm.edu/psy
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