Building Bridges, Not Walls. Anne Arundel
County's Alternative Education Program presented by Virginia Dolan and
Kathy Lane at the 15th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental
Health. See the presentation here. (more)
Spring Forum 2011
took place on March 30, 2011.See a copy of Dr. Grasmick's
invitation here. Fifty schools
from all over Maryland were in attendance. See material from
Summer training material is available
online.Much of the material presented this summer is
available for download. Click here to see what is currently
"Good behavior equals great holiday
students in Greater
Annapolis." See the Good as a Gold Card in
this GreaterAnnapolisPatch article. (more)
PBIS Maryland collaborator, Catherine Bradshaw,
is recognized with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists
and Engineers. Click to learn more about the
award and to read the JHU
December 2010 Coaches' Meeting took place with nearly 300 people in
attendance. Anne Arundel County's Virginia Dolan presented.
See material from the day as well as prior coaches' meetings here. (more)
Baltimore County hosted a Team Leader and Coaches Training
on 11.08.2010. See the material here.
PBIS Maryland collaborator, Catherine Bradshaw,
is recognized with the Presidential Early Career Award for
Scientists and Engineers. Click to learn more about the
award and to read the JHU
PBIS Maryland's New Team trainingcontent is now available online.
Building Bridges, Not Walls.
Arundel County's Alternative Education Program presented by Virginia
Dolan and Kathy Lane at the 15th Annual Conference on Advancing School
Mental Health. See the presentation here. (more)
Fall 2010 Coaches' Meeting
took place with over 300 people in attendance.
PBIS Maryland's Patti Hershfeldt, Milt McKenna and Susan Barrett
presented. See material from the day as well as prior coaches' meetings
2010 National PBIS Leadership Forumtook place in Chicago, Illinois. Susan
Barrett and other leaders from the National Technical Assistance Center
the Professional Development Blueprint including guidebooks that assist
district level and school level implementation. See the
Development of an Interconnected Systems Framework:Integrating School-based Mental Health & School-wide Positive Behavior
Interventions and Supports. Susan Barrett presents at the 15th
Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health. See the
material here. (ppt
The 15th Annual Conference on AdvancingSchool
Mental Health took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. PBIS
Maryland's Andrea Alexander, Catherine Bradshaw and Jerry Bloom
presented on the collaboration between researchers and community
partners. They co-presented with Jeanne Poduska and Mary Jane
Gomez who represented the Houston Independent School District. See
the presentation here. (more)
SWIS Facilitator Training
took place September 14-16 2010 at Loyola
University Maryland. Participants from around the country
participated in the three day training. Congratulations to Brian
Blake, Pat Brabazon, Katrina Johnson, Latoya Lewis and Elizabeth Niesz
Baltimore City; Sue Brenchley from
Dorchester County; Angie Taddia
from Harford County; and Doug Gaither
and Scott Showalter from Prince
George's County for becoming Maryland's newest SWIS facilitators!
Learn more about SWIS(more)
PBIS Maryland recognizes 379 schools in 2010.See the
recipients and criteria here. (more)
Exemplar Ideas from schools applying for
Gold.Many wonderful ideas have been extracted from the
recognition applications. See the material here. (more)
Recognition 2010 applications
are now available online. To obtain password
information to gain access please contact your
POC. Download the
scoring guide here. (Be sure to click Save, not Open when
Learn how one school in Charles County is implementing. (more)
December 2009 Coaches Meetingtook place with nearly 250 people in attendance. Dr.
Patti Hershfeldt from JHU keynoted on
Connecting the Classroom with SWPBIS . Special thanks to
Susan Barrett, Sharon Conley and Shauna King for their stellar
breakout sessions. See presentation materials here. (more)
Rockburn ES is giving the gift of time this
December. Their booster activity, "The Positive: A Thing To
Remember This December", is one way to motivate staff this
season. Download a copy and customize it for your school. (more)
Sarah M. Roach ES helps teach
their expectations through song. Written
and produced by Sarah M. Roach ES's librarian Beverly and Patrick
Fall 2009 Coaches Meeting
took place with nearly 300 people in attendance. Dr. Tim
Lewis from University of Missouri keynoted on FBA/BIP. See
presentation materials here.
SWIS Facilitator Training
took place in
September 2009 at Loyola University Maryland. Participants from
around the country participated in the three day training.
Congratulations to Aliza Statman, Ellyn Berkowitz, Pat Childs and
Pam Moore from
Baltimore City; Mary
Anne Adkins from Caroline County;
Jen Steczak from Cecil County;
Rosanne Wilson from Howard County;
Patti Hershfeldt from JHU; Kelly
Spanoghe from MANSEF; Devon
Schools and Julie Van Metre from
Washington County for becoming
Maryland's newest SWIS facilitators! Learn more about SWIS
Institute 2009is now
completed with several events and a couple thousand attendees. See
available presentations here.
PBIS at Oakland Mills MS is Pie-In-The-Sky these
days. Click here to learn why. (more)
PBIS Maryland recognizes 343 schools in 2009.
See the recipients
and criteria here.(more)
The Call for Papers for the 7th International
Conference on Positive Behavior Support is now open until September
10, 2009. (more)
The US Department of Education is encouraging school
districts to use stimulus funds to implement Positive Behavior
The Technical Assistance Centeron Positive Behavioral
Interventions & Supports is excited to announce the relaunch of
their website with a new design, better navigation system, more
content, and resources. The website can be viewed at:
2008 - 2009 STORIES
Carroll County's Melissa Leahy and Kimberly Muniz present at the APBS Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.
See presentation materials here.
Leadership Summit 2009took place on Monday, March 30, 2009 with nearly 400
people in attendance representing over 130 schools interested in
implementing this summer.
See documents from the day. Presentations will be posted as they
PBIS Maryland's Alexander, McKenna, Bloom and Bradshaw present at the Directors of Student Services
meeting in Ocean City, Maryland. See the presentation here.
presents "UsingSchool-Wide Positive Behavior Supports (SW-PBS)
to Build Sustainable Systems within Alternative School Settings"
at the National Association of Private Special Education Centers
(NAPSEC). See the presentation here.
Anne Arundel County
hosted its annual PBIS regional meeting. See
material from the day.
Calvert County's Southern MS'sfundraiser draws attention
in Calvert Recorder's "'Adversity' promotes positive behavior". See
the article here. (more)
Recognition 2009 applications are now
To obtain password information to gain access please contact your
POC. Download the
scoring rubric here. (Be sure to click Save, not Open when
"Public schools see drop in suspensions". An article in the Baltimore Examiner discusses
statewide suspensions. See the article here.(more)
PBIS Maryland hosted
Coaches' Meeting with nearly 300 coaches and administrators
present. Presentations were offered by Susan Barrett and Milt
McKenna. See the presentation material.
Catherine Bradshaw and the PBIS
Management Team provided an update to the MSDE leadership on
PBIS and on the research outcomes from Hopkins randomized
controlled study known as Project Target.See the presentation here. (more)
MSDE's Andrea Alexander presented PBIS and the Law in Maryland at the MAPP
Conference to Directors of Student Services, the State
Leadership Team, the Maryland Association of Pupil Personnel and the
Supervisors of PPWs from across the state. See the
presentation here. (more)
County hosted a series ofteam leader/coach meetings with over 100
people in attendance. County data was presented and various
schools shared their successes. See the presentation material
Schools' Punitive Actions Decline,
an article in the
discusses a decrease in middle and high school discipline referrals,
suspensions and expulsions in Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
See the article here.
Connecting Our Region Through PBIS.
Susan Barrett presents to Carroll County PBIS schools. See the
National Center for Education Evaluation
and Regional Assistance
has released two What Works Clearinghouse reports. The first, "Reducing
Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom", is a
practice guide offering five concrete recommendations for helping
elementary school general education teachers reduce the frequency of
the most common types of behavior problems encountered among
students. The second, "Dropout
Prevention Topic Report", summarizes the Clearinghouse's dropout
prevention intervention reports prepared through September 2008.
Charles County Bucks Statewide Increase in School Suspensions, an article on the
Children and Youth website discusses how Charles County is
decreasing suspensions in their school system. See the article
Susan Barrett presents at the 3rd Annual
Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support Summer Institute. See
Summer Institute 2008wrapped up with 11 events and a couple
thousand attendees. See available presentations here.
WBAL TV's Tim Tootin visits Summer Institute 2008. See the article
and video (more)
Maryland recognizes 252 schools in 2008.
See the recipients
and criteria here.(more)
2007 - 2008 STORIES
Summer Institute 2007
offon Monday, July 9 with nearly 1000 registrants
for New Team training and over 1700 registrants for 5 regional
Returning Team trainings. See presentation materials.
article, "Schools look to
improve discipline by going positive" covers PBIS Maryland's Summer
Institute 2007. See the article here. (more)
Marylandrecognizes 188 schools.
See the criteria and listings. (more)
Bazelon Center for Mental
Health Law's article, "Positive Behavior for
Effective Schools Act Introduced"
addresses legislation proposed to help schools meet the
twin challenges of improving academic achievement and fostering a
school climate that promotes learning. See the article here. (more).
See the act here. (more)
Interested in contactingyour elected officials to encourage them to
support the Reducing Barriers to
Learning Act and the Positive Behavior for Effective Schools Act?
Click here to find out how. (more)
Cumberland Times News
boasts Allegany County's involvement in the Western Region' s
Returning Team Event. See the article here. (more)
Using information for Decision Making.
Susan Barrett presents to Virginia coaches. See the presentation
Is School-wide Positive
an Evidence-based Practice? A
RESEARCH Summary. See the summary here. (more)
Obama, Durbin, HareIntroduce Bill to Improve Student
Behavior in Schools. See the press release here.(more)
PBIS Maryland's Susan Barrett and Howard
County Public School's
Karyn Renneberg present
"Building Effective Coaches to Expand & Sustain PBIS Implementation"
at the Forum for Change Conference in Chicago, Illinois. See the
"Playing First, Eating
the Hartford Courant, discusses "Growing Number Of Elementary
Schools Putting Off Lunchtime Until After Recess".
See the article here.
PBIS Maryland's Barrett, Alexander and Leaf
present PBIS in Maryland Schools at the 12th Annual
Conference on Advancing School Mental Health. See the presentation
PBIS Maryland website now has links to implementing schools.
Schools and Coaches,
to the left, to begin browsing the nearly 500 listed schools.
Anne Arundel County held their regional
meeting on 10.24.2007. See meeting notes and presentations here
PBIS at home. This simple matrix may be
helpful. See the matrix here. (more)
PBIS Maryland's Barrett and Bloom present at the
MANSEF conference in Baltimore, Maryland. See the presentation
Wiley H. Bates Middle
Arundel County shares its PBIS success.
PBIS Maryland hosted it largest
Coaches' Meeting ever with over 200 people in attendance. See the
2008 American Stars of Teaching
nominations are now being accepted by USDE. Click here to nominate
Leadership Forum 2008
will take place on February 14, 2008. See a copy of
Dr. Grasmick's invitation
here. If you are
interested in registering please contact your local
note that registration will close February 8th.
Leadership Forum 2008took place on February 14, 2008 with nearly
300 people in attendance representing over 100 schools interested in
implementing this coming summer. See documents from the day.
Presentations will be posted as they are received.
Anne Arundel County's, PBIS Kudos,
hits the presses. Get a
PBIS Meeting for BCPS Team Leaders
and Coachestook place on Friday, March 14, 2008 with 150
people in attendance. BCPS data was presented along with
school presentations emphasizing implementation and sustainment
efforts. See the presentations here.
The 5th International
Conference on Positive
took place on March 27-29, 2008.
Many of the sessions presented by Maryland's leadership team were to
standing room only crowds. See presentations and materials here.
Additional presentations will be posted as they are received.
Creative Ways to Use Data presented by
Carroll County's Melissa Leahy and Kimberly Muniz.
Spring 2007 Coaches' Meeting
held May 14, 2007 was host to nearly 150 coaches throughout
Maryland. Participants learned strategies for action planning and
readying schools for new and returning team training. See the
materials in the Coaches Resources section. (more)
PBIS Maryland in Ottawa.
Maryland State Leadership Team
member Milt McKenna presents PBIS to over 150 educators in Ottawa,
Canada. See the presentation, in French,
Spring 2007 Newsletter
hits the presses. Get your copy here. (more)
Spring Forum 2007
took place on March 27, 2007 with nearly 400 people representing 140
potential PBIS schools. See materials from the day.
Behavior Support Academics... Maryland State Leadership Team members Ledvina
Parr and Kidder present at the 4th International Conference on
Positive Behavior Support. See the presentation here. (more)
Coaching on a Shoestring...
Maryland State Leadership Team members Velez, Dolan, Ledvina Parr
and Barrett present at the 4th International Conference on Positive
Behavior Support. See the presentation here. (more)
Expanding the World of PBS...
Maryland State Leadership Team members Alexander and Bloom present
Maryland's implementation efforts at the 4th International
Conference on Positive Behavior Support. See the presentation here.
Spring Forum 2007
is an event designed to introduce the concepts and theories of PBIS
to administrator's of Maryland schools interested in beginning
implementation during Summer 2007. This one day event will be held
March 27, 2007. (more)
Maryland School Recognition Program. In an effort to recognize the continued
accomplishments of our PBIS Maryland schools the State Leadership
Team has developed a recognition rubric for the 2006-2007 school
year. Applications for all categories are due March 1st. Download
the application here. (more)
The School Examples
section has been updated. See recent additions from
Best Practices in Classrooms University of Oregon's Dr.
Cynthia Anderson presents to Anne Arundel County Clusters and
Maryland Coaches. See the presentation here. (more)
Coaching Smarter Susan Barrett presents to new coaches at the
October 2006 Coaches' Meeting. See the presentation here.
and Tertiary Interventions Forum
took place on October 12-13, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.
Representatives from many Maryland counties and the State Leadership
Team presented to PBIS leaders from throughout the country. See the
Anne Arundel County's
newsletter, PBIS Kudos, publishes it 3rd edition. Get a copy here.
The Alternative Schools Forum, hosted by
Annapolis Road Academy, in Prince George's County, had attendees
from 13 systems throughout the state. ARA presented on their PBIS
initiative and representatives from the other LSS's shared about
their implementation process. See the presentation here.
The High School Forum,
Lansdowne HS, in
Baltimore County, had attendees from 13 systems throughout the
state. See their presentation here.
See all of Lansdowne HS's materials.
Dr. Cynthia Anderson, from the University of Oregon,
presented to Maryland coaches. See the presentations and handouts.
Governor Martin O'Malley
visits Baltimore County's General John Stricker MS and takes a
moment to talk about PBIS with coach Jennifer Jackson and Baltimore
County Executive James T. Smith Jr.
The PBS Implementation
Forum was held in Rosemont, Chicago on 10.20.2005-10.21.2005 with 11
Maryland district teams represented! In attendance were
representatives from Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County,
Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, St.
Mary's and MANSEF. State Leadership Team members: Barrett, McKenna,
Lohnes and Bloom presented Maryland's exemplar implementation
efforts. See the presentations....
SWIS Facilitator Training took place Fall 2005 at AACC Arundel Mills.
Participants from around the country participated in the three day
training. Congratulations to Joanna Owens, Don Hurley and Manuel
Baltimore City Public
School System for becoming Maryland's newest SWIS facilitators!
The Baltimore City Public
School System held its first PBIS Team Leaders Meeting
20 Baltimore City
schools with over 100 staff complete a two day training. Much
enthusiasm was felt throughout the room. (more)
Elementary and members
of the State Leadership Team present at the USDE, Office of Safe and
Drug Free Schools 2005 National Conference in a session titled,
"PBIS School, School System and State Level Implementation in
Maryland." See the presentation here.
Children's Guild-Annapolis' Kelly Spanoghe, Mark Jones and Rodney Wallace
present at the Special Schools meeting. See the presentation here
Baltimore County's Dr. Joan Ledvina-Parr and Dr. Margaret Kidder
present at the national
APBS conference in Reno,
Nevada. See the presentation here (more)
Southern MD Regional
PBIS Meeting took place on Friday, May 5, 2006 in Waldorf, Maryland
with nearly 100 people from Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties
in attendance with a focus of "moving beyond the universal
interventions". See presentation material...
Gov. Thomas Johnson MS in Frederick County offers PBIS matrices,
signs and presentations. See the materials
here. Interesting in submitting materials from your school?
PBIS Kudos, Anne
Arundel County's PBIS newsletter hits the presses. Get a copy here
Dr. Joan Ledvina-Parr
from Baltimore Countyreceives
MSPA'sSchool Psychologist of the Year Award!
The PBIS State Leadership Team congratulates Dr. Parr on this
training took place April 25-27 at Anne Arundel Community College.
Congratulations to Lynda Kline from Worcester County, Kris Leary
from Montgomery County, Kathy Lacer and Delores Magnani from St.
Mary's County and Kim Muņiz from Carroll County.
Spring Forum 2006
took place on April 6th with 400 participants representing 160
schools. See presentation materials...
Susan Barrett presents with other PBIS state coordinators at
the 3rd annual APBS Conference. See the presentation here (more)
schools systems and districts build local capacity, it becomes
increasingly important for the roles and responsibilities for the
state district or local team to be clearly defined. This document
outlines the phases of implementation and defines the specific
responsibilities as systems go to scale. (more)
2005 PBIS Newsletter
is now available online! Get a copy here.
article on Allegany County's 3 Exemplar Schools.
Tom J. Craney, Ed.D. presents a MINDS workshop to PBIS Special
Schools. See the presentation here
SAMHSAoffers a list of Model
Programs. View the listing here.
Dr. Nancy Grasmick
visits Daniel of
St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary school in Charles County to laud their
PBIS efforts. See the article. (more)
USATODAY'sarticle, "At schools,
less tolerance for 'zero tolerance'" discusses discipline concerns
in schools. See the article (more).
See the full APA report (more)
Four schools honored as role models... See the Delmarva.com
Eastern Shore PBIS schools are recognized by the local newspaper
Delmarvanow.com. See the article here (more)
The 2006 Summer Institute
was a huge success with nearly 900 people in attendance for New Team
Training and 1500 for Returning Team Training. Many of the
presentations are available online. See the presentations here
Susan Barrett provided BEP
training to PBIS teams in Fairfax, Virginia. See the presentation
Special EDge article,
"What Is It? Why Do It? Is It Worth It?" discusses a response to
intervention. See a copy of the article here (more).
107 PBIS Exemplar Schools
identified. Schools will be recognized at the 2006 Summer Institute
on July 18, 2006. See the listing. (more)
Sun headlines on the PBIS efforts in
Anne Arundel County.See the article here (more)
Charles County's Keith
Grier and Elsa Velez present to the Board of Education. (more)
Off Disruptive Behavior
How Early Intervention
Can Reduce Defiant Behavior -- and Win Back Teaching Time". This
article by Walker, Ramsey and Gresham was posted in the Winter
2003-2004 edition of American Educator. Read the article. (more)
positive behavior". An article in the Maryland Gazette focuses on
Anne Arundel Counties efforts to implement PBIS. (more)
Leaf honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for
Community Service (more)
January 2005 Coaches'
Meeting...follow up material and comments (more)
--How a 4th year PBIS school sustains the effort. (more)
High Schoolsinterested in PBIS? Check
out the monograph here (more)
Allegany County'sVal Llewellyn shares
how Dollar General can help your PBIS initiative. (more)
Charles County's Elsa Velez organized
their regional meeting with a new twist. Instead of school
presentations mini-groups were devised to address various topics.
Dr. Velez then summarized and disbursed the results in the following
County PBIS Schools and members of the
PBIS State Leadership Team meet with Superintendent Mr. James E.
Maryland's Data...See how Maryland's
PBIS schools have done in 2003-2004 (more)
of Care...Susan Barrett, Phil Leaf and
Elsa Velez present at the Training Institute's 2004 (more)
Training for Trainers... Susan Barrett
and Milt McKenna presented at the Training for Trainers National
Conference in Naperville, Illinois. View the materials (more)
Exemplar Schools under the guidance of Dr. Virginia
Dolan, along with members of the PBIS State Leadership team, present
to Superintendent, Dr. Eric J. Smith. View the presentation (more)
Extra points for better behavior. An
October 2004 article is the Charles County "Maryland Independent" (more)
Persistently Safe School Conference included a paper
presented by Leaf, Keys, Barrett and McKenna describing our
State-Academic-School system partnership that has disseminated a
universal youth violence preventing strategy throughout schools in
Maryland. View the presentation (more)
Harman Elementary in Anne Arundel County
is awarded the Distinguished Title I School Award. See photo and
Beach Center on Disability's Quarterly Newsletter discusses:
"Schoolwide PBS And Student Achievement: Is There A
Going to Scale
in Maryland's Local Schools Systems. Leadership Team
members McKenna, Barrett, Dolan, Leaf and Bloom present at the 2nd
International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. (more)
Baltimore County's Joey Parr and Margaret
Kidder present at the 2nd International Conference on Positive
Behavior Support on developing a model for system-wide
implementation. See the presentation. (more)
Dr. Terry Scott, from the University of
Florida, presents to Anne Arundel County PBIS teams on Managing
Challenging Behaviors. See the presentation. (more)
Dr. Terry Scott,
from the University of Florida, presents on Behavioral Interventions
for Targeted Groups. See the presentation. (more)
presents their PRIDE at Anne Arundel County's regional meeting. See
the presentation. (more)
Browse other school examples. (more)
Viking Code keynotes the High School Forum. See the presentation
St. Elizabeth School's
Nano Kolls presents the Eagle High 5 at the Special/Alternative
Schools Meeting. Representatives from 5 LSS's were in attendance.
See the presentation. (more)
Dr. George Sugai
delivers the plenary at the 2005 Spring Forum for new schools. See
his presentation here. (more)
members Catherine Bradshaw and Lynne Weise present on Yellow and Red
Zone Strategies at the May 2005 Coaches' Meeting. View materials
Susan Barrett presents at
the Blue Ribbon Summit in Memphis, Tennessee. See the presentation
returns to Memphis, Tennessee for a second week of training. See
all the presentations here. (more)
WBAL TV's Tim Tootenvisits the 2004 Summer Institute. Read the article or watch the
news clip (more)
2004 Summer Institute presentations are
still available online (more)