Special Education

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

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2013-14 Regional Forums: “Strengthening Classroom Systems within the Context of PBIS - Using the Behavior Pathway as a Guide”

The New York State Education Department (NYSED), P-12: Office of Special Education is pleased to announce regional professional development workshops designed to inform schools about the use of the “behavior pathway” as a tool for understanding and managing behavior.

Session Overview

Eleven one-day regional sessions are being hosted by the New York State PBIS Technical Assistance Center and the Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers’ (RSE-TASC) Behavior Specialists, to provide information on classroom systems.  Emphasis will be placed on helping educators understand how both appropriate and inappropriate behaviors demonstrated by students unfold in a predictable sequence, called the behavior pathway.  Understanding of the “behavior pathway” as part of effective classroom management can help teachers proactively utilize strategies to prevent the occurrence of inappropriate behavior and to reinforce appropriate behavior.

Key Points

The key concepts to be covered during these sessions include:

  • developing an understanding of each component of the behavior pathway;
  • utilizing one’s knowledge of the behavior pathway within a multi-tiered system of support to develop solution strategies; and
  • improving classroom systems and meeting the needs of individual students with challenging behaviors.

Who Should Participate

General and special education classroom teams, including teachers, teaching assistants, related service providers, and administrators.  While prior knowledge of PBIS is not necessary, this training will be beneficial for PBIS team members at the Universal, Targeted, and Intensive levels.  This professional development is open to all schools in the region at no cost, on a first come, first served basis.

If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this training, please inform the RSE-TASC Behavior Specialist in your area.

Please contact the RSE-TASC Behavior Specialist in your region for registration information, room locations, and times:

Mid Hudson: October 3, 2013
Dutchess BOCES
Dorothy Novogrodsky: (845) 486-4840

Mid South: October 22, 2013
Broome-Delaware-Tioga BOCES
Julie Powell: (607) 739-3581

West: October 25, 2013
Erie 1 BOCES
Cassie Porter: (716) 821-7542

Mid-State/Central: November 8, 2013
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, Syracuse
Linda Brown (Mid-State): (315) 431-8586
Tracy Largett (Central): (315) 779-7157

Mid-West: December 4, 2013
Monroe 1 BOCES
Jennifer Marafioti: (585) 249-7022

New York City
January 15, 2014
January 16, 2014

Long Island: February 25, 2014
Eastern Suffolk BOCES (to be held at Western Suffolk BOCES)
Michelle Levy: (631) 218-4197

Lower Hudson: March 6, 2014
Putnam–Northern Westchester BOCES
Sara Fienup: (914) 248-3843

Capital District/North Country: March 27, 2014
Capital Region BOCES (to be held at WSWHE BOCES Gick Road Conference Center)
Joe Otter: (518) 464-3974


PBIS is a systems approach to creating and maintaining positive school climates where teachers can teach and students can learn. It is a research-based data-driven framework that serves all students, including those with challenging behavior issues.  PBIS offers a school-wide approach of identifying, teaching and acknowledging behavioral expectations to foster the most optimal school and learning climate.
This professional development opportunity will give participants the opportunity to deconstruct classroom scenarios involving common problem behaviors.  Structured activities will be used to facilitate an understanding of the behavior pathway to develop solution-based plans.

For more information, please contact Steve Marchant

Office of Special Education
89 Washington Avenue
Room 309 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 486-7462
Fax: (518) 474-2219
Email: smarchan@nysed.gov

Last Updated: June 3, 2014