PBIS Universal Team Spring Retreat

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 A positive learning environment improves academic engagement and outcomes for all students. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based framework for implementing research-based practices so that all students can learn the social skills they need to be successful.

The foundation of any school’s PBIS system are the system, data, and practices designed to support all students at the universal or schoolwide level. These retreats will provide content-rich presentations, process tools, and guidance so that members of schoolwide PBIS Leadership teams can explore, understand, organize, and develop their goals, objectives, and strategies for universal PBIS implementation. Each retreat may also include presentations by schools that have been particularly effective in one area of PBIS implementation. Teams will leave each session with a workplan for implementation for the next several months.

October 2016: Getting Organized to Implement PBIS!
The fall retreat will include an overview of PBIS Universal level systems, data, and practices. Teams will 1) identify their PBIS implementation status, 2) analyze their school-wide data, and 3) develop new or revise their existing systems, including the school-wide behavior expectations matrix, the school’s behavior definitions table, screening system, the office discipline referral form and flow chart, and teaching tools for specific school-wide roll out activities. It is expected that each school will be in a different stage of implementation, so presentations will be focused on individualized team self-assessment and team time. Learn more about the fall retreat >

March 2017: Getting Ready to Improve PBIS Implementation
The spring retreat will allow Universal PBIS school teams to review their progress during the school year and plan for PBIS implementation during the 2016-17 school year. 

About PBIS

PBIS is a systemic, data-driven behavioral support and improvement systems change model that consists of three levels—Tier 1 (Universal), Tier 2 (Behavior Support), and Tier 3 (Intensive)—each specifically designed to prevent disruption and address the behavioral support needs of students at risk of school failure. Universal PBIS Teams develop the systems, structures, and practices for the delivery of schoolwide social supports for all students.

Who Should Attend

These retreats are for Universal Teams that are implementing PBIS or groups from schools that are exploring PBIS implementation. Attendance at both sessions is recommended, but not required.


JoAnne Malloy, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

JoAnne M. Malloy is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Malloy received a Master’s Degree in Social Work Administration and Planning from the University of Tennessee in 1981 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education from the University of New Hampshire in April 2011. She joined the staff of Institute on Disability (NH’s University Center for Excellence in Disability) in 1991 and has directed several state and federally-funded youth transition, employment, and dropout prevention projects with a focus on youth with emotional and behavioral disorders and implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and School Mental Health. In 1996, she developed a transition and career development planning model for youth with emotional and behavioral disorders, known as RENEW (Rehabilitation, Empowerment, natural supports, Education, and Work). RENEW has since been replicated in educational, mental health and juvenile detention settings in New Hampshire and 6 other states, producing positive educational, vocational, and behavioral health outcomes. Dr. Malloy has published numerous articles and book chapters on employment and transition for youth with emotional disorders and adults with mental illness, and teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of New Hampshire.

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Date & Time

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Registration Fee

$139 per person; $119 per person for groups of 3 or more


Radisson Hotel Downtown Manchester
Manchester, NH

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