Special Education

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) 2012-13 Regional Forums: Driving Progress in PBIS - Using Data as the Guide

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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 data and applying a functional perspective to behavior.


Ten 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 the systems of positive behavioral supports, with an emphasis on data tools and behavioral interventions for groups of students and individuals with higher levels of need. Structured activities will be presented to allow participants to develop data collection and data analysis for their schools.

Key Points

The key concepts to be covered during these sessions include:

  • the collection and use of schoolwide data;
  • how to efficiently and effectively examine data to inform decision making using the Team Initiated Problem Solving model; and
  • progress monitoring of decision making.

Who Should Participate

District or building level teams who are currently implementing PBIS should participate in this workshop. This may include team members from the Universal, Targeted and Intensive school teams such as administrators, team leaders, data coordinators and any other team members. This professional development is open to all districts in the region, on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this workshop, 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 4, 2012
Dutchess BOCES
Dorothy Novogrodsky: (845) 486-4840

Mid-State/Central: November 29, 2012
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, Syracuse
Linda Brown (Mid-State): (315) 431-8586
Rebekah Richter-Honer (Central): (315) 779-7157

West: November 30, 2012
Erie 1 BOCES
Cassie Porter: (716) 821-7572

Mid-West: December 5, 2012
Monroe 1 BOCES
Jennifer Marafioti: (585) 249-7022

Capital District/North Country: December 17, 2012
Capital Region BOCES
Joe Otter: (518) 464-3974

Long Island: February 26, 2013
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Michelle Levy: (631) 218-4197

New York City:
February 28, 2013 - Queens Plaza North, Queens
March 1, 2013 - St. Francis College, Brooklyn
Satish Moorthy: nycpbisregional@gmail.com

Lower Hudson: March 7, 2013
Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES
Sara Fienup: (914) 248-3843

Mid-South: March 14, 2013
Greater Southern Tier BOCES
Julie Powell: (607) 739-3581



PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a research-based data-driven model that works with all students including those with challenging behavior issues. PBIS offers a schoolwide approach of identifying, teaching and acknowledging behavioral expectations to foster the most optimal school and learning climate.

This professional development opportunity includes resources to inform participants about how to become more efficient and effective with using data for decision making purposes. The session will be particularly beneficial for schools who are familiar with PBIS.

For more information about NYSED's PBIS initiative, and/or to find contact information for a RSE-TASC Behavior Specialist in your area, please visit New York State's PBIS Technical Assistance Center at: www.nyspbis.orgexternal link.

For more information, please contact Steve Marchant.
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