Professional Development Center

USM Professional Development Center Sponsors Fall 2011 PBIS Conference

On November 8, 2011, 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 UMF, have formed a collaborative to meet the state's demand for implementation.  The group unveiled the Maine PBIS logo at the conference.  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 made the day a success.   The conference had more than 300 attendees including teachers, administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, DOE and DHHS, higher ed faculty and social workers.  For more information visit Maine's Technical Assistance Center www.mainepbis.org and NING http://pbisme.ning.com/