In November, the Professional Development Center in the School of Education and Human Development sponsored the 2nd Annual Maine Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Conference. PBIS is a multi-tiered system of support which utilizes data, systems and practices to affect academic achievement and social competence for all students.
USM, along with UMaine and University of Maine Farmington, have formed a collaborative to meet the state's demand for implementation. This year's focus was on continuing Tier 1 (universal systems) and moving into Tier 2 (interventions). Keynote speakers George Sugai, co-director of the National Technical Assistance Center for PBIS, and Kathleen Lane of UNC at Chapel Hill, author and consultant facilitating Tier 2 interventions and universal screeners, provided their expertise throughout the day.
Presenters from all three universities, in- and out-of-state organizations, and demonstration schools created a dynamic forum for dialogue and process planning. The more than 300 attendees included teachers, administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, DOE and DHHS representatives, higher education faculty, and social workers.