Boys Town National Training is...
a team of dedicated, experienced educators working in schools to meaningfully improve student behavior, teacher skills and school culture.
provide a proven, student-centered Model that gives educators practical, real-world skills they can use to manage behavior, build relationships and teach social skills. Through on-site and online training, consulting and coaching, we work side-by-side with schools to accomplish lasting results.
schools struggling to reverse a rising tide of academic and behavioral challenges need us. We're a mission-driven organization with nearly a century of experience working with high-need children in challenging environments.
The Boys Town Mission
Our mission began nearly a century ago when orphaned, abandoned and abused children were welcomed into a home with generous amounts of love, attention, patience and understanding. Through the decades, Boys Town grew and evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of America’s youth and families.
Today, Boys Town is a national leader in the care and treatment of children. The Boys Town Education Model® is an extension of our organization’s philosophy of care and is used in education settings to create safer and more effective learning environments for students.
Built and refined on decades of research and experience, the Education Model provides a comprehensive approach to addressing the emotional, behavioral and social needs of students and our Expedition Literacy program provides a comprehensive approach to addressing students learning and literacy deficits. Implemented in every corner of the country, at every grade level, the Education Model is an intervention strategy that focuses on managing behaviors, building relationships and teaching socials skills. Its concrete strategies work with every type of student, in every type of environment. The results…
You, too, can use this transformational Model to provide positive behavior support, create more cohesive classrooms and achieve better academic outcomes! Contact us today.
The Boys Town Education Model® is a school-based intervention strategy that focuses on managing behavior, building relationships, and teaching social skills. It emphasizes preventive and proactive practices rather than reactive responses to deal with student behavior.
Based on the Boys Town Model,® the Boys Town Education Model® puts Boys Town’s research-proven child-care methods to work in a variety of educational settings. Its gives classroom teachers, administrators and support staff the tools to implement key Model components:
These components are part of a complete system-wide approach to creating and encouraging respectful staff-student relationships by changing the way schools address student behavior.
For more information on how to implement the Boys Town Education Model® in your school or district, click here.
Research on the Boys Town Education Model®
Boys Town research staff and fellows have published more than 200 books, chapters, articles and other papers in the past 17 years. Many of these studies have helped inform and develop the methods used by Boys Town to help America's children and families.
Visit the Boys Town National Research InstituteSM to learn more about our in-depth research and for information on obtaining full articles.
Download our Applied Research Bibliography of Boys Town studies.
National Training Director
Susan has 20 years of experience training and consulting to schools, agencies and individuals across the country implementing the Boys Town Education Model. She has coauthored several books regarding behavior management in schools, including Specialized Classroom Management, Safe and Healthy Secondary Schools, and Well-Managed Schools. Earning a bachelor’s in elementary education, a master’s degree in family and youth services along with her teaching experiences provide Susan with the understanding and knowledge to support others in implementing the model.
Senior National Trainer
Alesia has a bachelor of science degree, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Urban Studies. She has co-authored several books for youth on the topics of healthy friendships and relationships, as well as anti-bullying resources for educators.
During her 27 year tenure with Boys Town, Alesia has worked at Flanagan High School, Internal Training, and now continues with National Training working with educators around the country.
Senior National Trainer
Denise has a master’s degree in organizational leadership from the College of St. Mary. In her 15 years with Boys Town, she has coauthored nine books and resource guides about effective behavior management in schools, including Specialized Classroom Management, Safe & Healthy Secondary Schools, More Tools for Teaching Social Skills in School and the School Administrator’s Resource Guide.
Jo Ann Flaxbeard
Jo Ann has 30 years of experience as an Elementary teacher. During her time in the classroom, she was honored both for excellence in teaching and for her support for students with special needs. After earning a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision, she served as an instructional coach, guiding teachers in the application of educational best practices. Jo Ann uses her classroom and coaching experiences in her role as a National Trainer to both teach and support educators in their implementation of the Boys Town Education Model®.
Jennifer Buth Bell
Manager Literacy Program
Jennifer has trained and implemented the Boys Town Education Model and the Expedition Literacy Reading Program for over 25 years as a PK-12 classroom teacher, literacy specialist, assistant principal, trainer, consultant and instructional coach. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Education Leadership, and is a certified reading specialist and web trainer. She has coauthored publications including Effective Study Strategies for Every Classroom, has served as a board member of the Nebraska Dyslexia Association, as well as presented at educational and literacy, conferences. These experiences have provided Jennifer with a unique perspective of these models, and the skills needed to assist and support others with implementation.
National Training Manager
Mike earned a bachelor of science in elementary education, coauthored the book Specialized Classroom Management and developed numerous curriculums. In his 15 years at Boys Town, he has helped many children overcome their behavioral struggles. The knowledge and insight he’s gained from that work makes him a valuable trainer and consultant to educators and organizations across the country.
Senior National Trainer
Evelyn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Human Development. Since 1977, Evelyn has worked with many children and families in several Boys Town programs. Her experiences have greatly influenced her ability to train and consult to staff and administrators in a variety of settings – schools and school districts and long and short-term residential programs including group homes, foster care, emergency shelters, and treatment programs. As a result, Evelyn has had the opportunity to provide ongoing training and consultation services both nationally and internationally for schools and agencies that serve children with emotional, behavioral, learning and hearing challenges.
Senior National Trainer
Courtney has a bachelor of science in psychology and a minor in Spanish from the University of Florida. She served in Teach For America in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, worked in early childhood education and taught upper elementary, middle and high school students. As a former teacher, foster parent and in-home caregiver for children with disabilities, Courtney has extensive experience working with children who have behavioral challenges.
Amy has a broad range of experience in K-12 education with over 25 years of service as a teacher and administrator in general education, alternative education, and juvenile detention. Amy implemented the Boys Town Education Model for fifteen years and is co-author of the Specialized Classroom Management textbook, which is focused on tier 3 supports for students with the highest behavioral need. She brings a wealth of experience to Boys Town National Training to support educators through training and consultation.
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