This fall the Maine DOE and three campuses from the University of Maine system (University of Maine, University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine at Farmington) will begin providing professional development and technical assistance to school administrative units who commit to developing, implementing and evaluating a Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) program in their respective schools.
PBIS is a school-wide framework for assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students. It is a prevention-oriented program and designed to specifically help school personnel (a) organize evidence-based behavior practice to be used school-wide, (b) improve the implementation of those practices, and (c) maximize academic and social behavior outcomes for students. Additionally, PBIS is consistent with recommended Response to Intervention (RTI) practices (Office of Special Education Programs, Washington D.C).
The Maine model is designed to have PBIS experts from the University of Maine campuses work collaboratively with SAUs who 1) are implementing PBIS and want to improve the fidelity of implementation and/ or move to Tier 2 and 3 level practices, or 2) start a new PBIS program at a SAU/school.
More information as well as a formal agreement to commit to this collaborative can be found at www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/programs.
For questions regarding Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports please contact Jayne Chase, Consultant for Children with Disabilities at the Maine DOE at firstname.lastname@example.org.