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International Association Welcomes Maine Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Leadership and Policy Council as Newest Affiliate

PORTLAND- The University of Southern Maine is pleased to announce that the Maine Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Leadership and Policy Council (PBIS LPC) is the newest state affiliate in the International Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS). The Maine PBIS LPC is one of only 13 state affiliates in the APBS.

The council, a University of Maine System collaboration between USM, University of Maine Orono (UMaine), and University of Maine Farmington (UMF), is responsible for state-wide efforts by Maine school districts and schools to implement PBIS strategies and change the way schools operate to create positive cultures for students, with a goal of maximizing academic engagement and student achievement. The PBIS LPC works with educators, administrators, and students to identify and establish school-wide expectations for positive student behavior; respond to and reward positive behavior; and to develop and sustain consistent responses to problem behavior. Additionally, the council engages in progress monitoring and PBIS assessment each quarter for those schools that have started or completed PBIS tiers of implementation.

“We’re working hard to create positive cultures in our schools,” said Pat Red, PBIS LPC coordinator and clinical faculty in the USM School of Education and Human Development. “Being affiliated with the APBS holds us up to a certain standard, creates networking opportunities, and gives Maine the opportunity to be more responsive to PBIS issues.”

Currently, more than 70 schools in Maine are implementing the first tier of PBIS, and close to 30 are implementing the second tier, and the council’s work has already started to gain recognition nationwide. After launching the PBIS process with the council in spring 2012, Jameson Elementary School’s William Corcoran, technology teacher and integrator, worked with his students to develop fair expectations and procedures for using the school’s computer lab. This inclusive process resulted in a video, “Computer Lab Procedures,” that starred Corcoran’s students and modeled positive behavior in practice. The video recently won the award for Best Procedures Video-Elementary Level at the 2013 PBIS Film Festival, held in San Diego as part of the Association for Positive Behavior Support International Conference.

A prong of the USM SMART for Schools initiative, the PBIS LPC is coordinated by Pat Red and housed at the USM Gorham campus, and includes Jim Artesani (UMaine), Rebekah Bickford (USM), and Brian Cavanaugh (UMF). The council also offers a technical assistance website that supports coaches in the schools and offers facilitation by faculty at USM, UMaine, and UMF. For more information: MaineTac Behavior .