Professional Development Center

PBIS Conference

Sixth Annual State-Wide
Maine PBIS Conference
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Building and Sustaining Multi-Tiered Systems of Behavioral Support

Friday, November 6, 2015
Cost: New Low Rates!
Individual Registration ($185 per person) OR School District Team of 3 or more registrations sent together ($150 per person).
Augusta Civic Center
CEUs, Psychological CEUs, and Contact Clock Hours will be available at an additional cost.

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Conference Overview

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) are being implemented in over 20,000 schools across all 50 states, and Maine has over 100 schools implementing SWPBS! PBIS has a large and ever growing research base demonstrating positive outcomes, including but not limited to, increased academic achievement and academic engagement, decreased time spent addressing problem behavior, improved positive school climate, and reduction in administration of consequences for problem behaviors such as detentions and suspensions. PBIS is not a packaged curriculum, but an approach made up of essential elements that can be implemented a variety of ways. 

This conference includes an “Implementer’s Forum,” implementation sessions in which several Maine schools will share their experiences implementing PBIS, including preparation, unique practices and systems, and outcomes thus far. Other sessions are designed to support schools seeking to start up or sustain PBIS efforts, including topics such as Social Emotional Learning, function-based thinking, MTSS, staff buy-in, classroom interventions and more.

Who Should Attend

Teachers, special educators, principals, special education directors, social workers, school counselors, school psychologists and state leaders are all encouraged to attend. Ideally, a school or district will send a team comprised of representatives of various grade levels, roles and administration.

Conference Outcomes

Conference outcomes include:

  • Acquire Universal, Tier 2, and Tier 3 strategies and interventions
  • Learn how teams have applied PBIS strategies to their schools
  • Acquire ideas and examples of school systems from those who are at years 1-4 of implementation
  • Participate in capacity building sessions and take back to your school useful information to apply now or as you implement PBIS
  • Get connected to a network of facilitators who will support your school or district as you implement PBIS
  • Learn how to apply PBIS foundation to classroom systems

Conference Keynoters

Tim Lewis, Ph. D. is the Associate Division Director and Professor of the College of Education at the University of Missouri. His research areas include behavior disorders, developmental disabilities, and positive behavior supports. Mr. Lewis earned his Ph. D. in Special Education - Behavior Disorders from the University of Oregon and his Master’s in Special Education - Mental Retardation from the University of Missouri. For eight years beginning in 1997, Mr. Lewis received the College of Education Excellence in Teaching Award among various other awards including being nominated for the University of Missouri President’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2003 and 2006.

Mr. Lewis has lead many research projects through the U.S. Department of Education. Some of those projects include: Preparing Special Education Leaders to Develop Research-Based Practices and Policies to Address Problem Behavior in Schools through a Multi-Disciplinary Framework; and Preparation of Leadership Personnel in Emotional / Behavioral Disorders: Integrating Best Practices in Teacher Preparation and Policy Implementation Across Multi-Disciplinary Frameworks. Both of which were in conjuntion with the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Mr. Lewis has numerous published works in peer refereed journal articles, book/monograph chapters, and editorships for publications such as Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Journal of Disability Policy Study, and Emotional and Behavior Disorders.

Dr. Jennifer Freeman is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and is a research scientist for the Center for Behavioral Education Research (CBER) at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Freeman studies the effects of multi-tiered systems of support such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) on outcomes at the high school level for high-risk student groups including students with disabilities.

Dr. Freeman is particularly interested in maximizing educational opportunity, equity, and access for all students through strategic school reform and specifically in improving graduation rates across and within student groups. She also studies professional development methods for improving teacher’s use of evidence based classroom management strategies. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in the special education program. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Connecticut, she had 10 years of special education teaching experience across grades K-8 in both urban and rural school settings and had served as a K-12 district level consultant working to implement PBIS and Response to Intervention (RtI) strategies.

In addition to delivering a conference keynote, Tim Lewis and Jen Freeman will lead workshop sessions focusing on PBIS.

Conference Topics

Conference topics include:

  • Classroom PBIS
  • District-wide PBIS
  • Gearing up for SWPBIS Tier 1
  • Planning the Advanced Tiers
  • Focusing on Relationships
  • Visible Learning
  • High School PBIS
  • . . . and more

Conference Coordinator

Pat Red has over 30 years experience in education. She has been at USM since 2005 in the Unified and Special Education Teacher Prep programs and co-coordinator of SMART for schools. She is the PBIS State Coordinator and currently facilitates schools in SWPBIS. She also serves as a consultant and provides inservice professional development to schools throughout Maine.