Meet David Perrodin, winner of the 2012 National Sprigeo Award for Excellence in Social Change.

Marathon City native David Perrodin received the national Sprigeo Award for Excellence in Social Change at the Great Lakes School-Based Behavior Solutions Summit on October 29, 2012 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Mr. Perrodin is the Director of Student Services for the DeForest Area School District in DeForest, Wisconsin where he oversees special education, counseling, nursing, social work services and crisis preparedness and response for the district’s 3500 students. He has worked as a speech-language pathologist, school principal and director of rehabilitation.

David has developed and instructed special education, pupil services, inclusion, restorative practices and applied research graduate courses for Viterbo University, University of St. Thomas and the University of Phoenix.  Mr. Perrodin is completing a PhD degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research embarks upon the study of geographic information systems and social vulnerability indexes relative to external crisis preparedness in the school setting. In 2009, David was honored with the Sauk County Student Services Director of the Year Award.

In 2011, Mr. Perrodin co-founded the Great Lakes School-Based Behavior Solutions Summit, which quickly established itself as one of the most prominent behavior, mental health and sensory professional development events in the Midwest. www.greatlakesbehaviorsummit.org

Before an audience of 200 educators, Sprigeo CEO, Joe Bruzzese recognized Mr. Perrodin for his work on the Great Lakes Summit and other contributions to the field of student services, including:

• Consulting and training of Wisconsin school districts on School Connectedness and Bullying.

• Authoring a $75,000 grant to target disproportionality in special education and produced artifacts to be disseminated to districts across the state, including a guidebook for implementing restorative discipline practices in schools.

• Being a featured guest on a national talk show where he discussed strategies to address bullying in schools. David also co-developed no-cost public domain functional behavioral assessment and behavior support plan training videos for educators.

• Organizing, with the Department of Public Instruction, a no-cost regional school summit for school nurses, food service personnel, administrators and daycare providers to discuss protocols for serving children with severe food allergies.

• Serving on the Community Advisory Committee of the Wisconsin eSchoolCare project and was a reviewer and contributor to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Students with Diabetes Resource Guide.

• Coordinating a multiple-district all-day Suicide Prevention Training in DeForest.

• Authoring several published professional articles, including:  The Right to Select Methodology, County Collaboration Maximizes Services, and Apples for Applesauce – The Increasing Challenges to Maintaining Accurate Carbohydrate Counts in the School Setting.

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