Professional Development Center

PBIS Conference

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

Building and Sustaining Multi-Tiered Systems of Behavioral Support

Friday, November 7, 2014
Time: 8:00am-3:30pm
Individual Registration ($195 per person) OR School District Team of 3 or more registrations sent together ($185 per person)
Location: Augusta Civic Center
Credit: CEUs, Psychological CEUs, and Contact Clock Hours will be available at an additional cost.
Registration: Please CLICK HERE for online registration or contact Conference Services at 207-780-5960.

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Conference Overview

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) are being  implemented in over 20,000 schools across 47 states, and Maine has over 100 schools implementing SWPBIS! 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 “Implementor’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 Primary  and Secondary Tier interventions, SWIS (School Wide Information System),  RTI, Social Skills, 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 II, and Tier III 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

George Sugai, Ph.D., is currently the Carole J. Neag Endowed Chair in Behavior Disorders and professor with tenure at the University of Connecticut. His primary areas of interest are positive behavioral interventions and support, systems change, teacher professional development, emotional and behavioral disorders, social skills instruction, behavioral consultation, behavior assessment procedures, and strategies for effective school-wide, classroom, and individual behavior management. Dr. Sugai’s research has emphasized effective applications of applied behavior analysis principles and school-wide PBIS procedures to problems found in educational contexts.

Brandi M. Simonsen, Ph. D., is an associate professor of Special Education with tenure in the Department of Educational Psychology and a research scientist with the Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER) at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education. Currently, Dr. Simonsen teaches, conducts research, publishes, and provides training/technical assistant in the areas of (a) school- and class-wide (tier I) positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), (b) targeted (tier II) and individualized (tier III) PBIS for student with intense learning and behavioral needs, and (c) applications of PBIS in alternative education settings.

In addition to delivering a conference keynote, George Sugai and Brandi Simonsen 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
  • Data Based Decision Making
  • High School PBIS
  • Dropout Prevention
  • . . . and more

Conference Coordinator

Pat Red has 30 years experience in education. She has been at USM since 2005 and co-coordinator of the ETEP Unified K-8 Program and co-coordinator of SMART for schools. She is the PBIS State Coordinator and currently facilitates   over 10 School Districts. She also serves as a consultant and provides inservice professional development to schools throughout Maine.