Connie L. Hébert, MS Ed, serves as an Education for the Future associate contributing expertise in the area of Response to Intervention (RtI) for academic and behavioral systems, also known as Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). An experienced educator and consultant in the field of special education, Connie currently works as a classroom based intervention consultant for grades K-12 in the Jackson R2 School System in southeast Missouri. She additionally works as an independent consultant in her personal business, here2help, LLC, to provide training and support to schools in a variety of areas including the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of schoolwide prevention systems.

Connie’s professional experience has included serving as a general and special education classroom teacher in all grades, working with all disability categories in five states. After several years in the classroom, Connie became a regional classroom based consultant in central Pennsylvania, serving twelve school districts to provide support in behavioral assessment and interventions, strategies to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and assist with planning and programming for transition from school to adult life.

Following relocation to Missouri in 2003, Connie became a systems level Special Education Improvement Consultant in the southeast region of Missouri, providing training and consultation that involved comprehensive data analysis using the activities outlined in Dr. Bernhardt’s Continuous School Improvement framework. She began assisting with Education for the Future Summer Data Institutes as a result. Connie continues to assist Dr. Bernhardt with institutes and training as well as working independently to train and support schools and districts.

Connie has been recognized for her contribution to the field and sought for her collaborative focus in leadership. In 2005, Connie was named “Missouri Staff Developer of the Year” by the Missouri Staff Development Council. In 2008, Connie was selected as the Project Coordinator, later becoming the founding Director of the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment where she planned with services providers from various agencies in the region to build the facility and develop programming. In 2009, Connie was appointed to one of two seats for higher education on the Missouri Governor’s Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders, where she was elected to serve as the Chairperson for the Education Subcommittee for the duration of her multi-term appointment.

Schools and organizations that work with Connie find her approach to be student focused while remaining sensitive to the responsibilities of teachers and administrators in today’s classrooms. She is enthusiastic about supporting schools in the use of proven practices for teaching and learning, and in all continuous school improvement efforts.

Connie is co-author with Dr. Bernhardt for the 2017 publication, Response to Intervention (RtI) and Continuous School Improvement (CSI): How to design, implement, monitor and evaluate a schoolwide prevention system, 2nd Ed.

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