COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 247

October 3, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention 3-Part Series

 

The Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, will offer a three-part training series on how to conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and develop a positive Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). The content for the three-part workshop series includes:

 

        Critical Issues in Disciplinary Practices for Students with Disabilities

        Conducting Functional Behavioral Assessment and Developing Effective Behavioral Intervention Plans

        Evidence-Based Practices for Students with Challenging Behavior Problems

 

Functional Behavioral Assessment is a proven, effective approach to identifying the reason(s) for a student's misbehavior, eliminating the problem behaviors that impede successful teaching and learning, and developing a corrective plan that emphasizes more appropriate and acceptable behavior.

 

Functional Behavioral Assessment is a team problem-solving process. Accordingly, the Virginia Department of Education is inviting school-based teams, (3-5 people), typically comprised of general educators, special educators, specialists and other support personnel, as well as a parent representative, to be trained together in the FBA/BIP process. The Department of Education, in collaboration with the Training and Technical Assistance Centers (T/TACs) of Virginia, will provide comprehensive training in all phases of the FBA/BIP process and be available to give technical support and assistance to participating teams.

 

Those who register must attend all three days; the three days are interdependent. This three-part training series will not be repeated during the 2008-2009 school year. The FBA/BIP team trainings have been arranged as follows:


Regions 1/8:

Thursday, November 13, 2008; Thursday, December 11, 2008; and Thursday, January 15, 2009 (Snow Date: January 21, 2009)

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2008

John Tyler Community College

13101 Jefferson Davis Highway

Nicholas Student Center

Chester, VA 23831

 

Regions 2/3:

Thursday, November 20, 2008; Thursday, December 18, 2008; and Friday, January 16, 2009 (Snow Date: TBD)

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2008

Omni Newport News Hotel

1000 Omni Blvd.

Hampton, VA 23669

 

Region 4:

Friday, November 14, 2008; Friday, December 12, 2008; and Wednesday, January 28, 2009 (Snow Date: February 3, 2009)

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2008

George Mason University's Prince William Campus

Verizon Auditorium

10900 University Blvd.

Manassas, VA 20110

 

Region 5:

Friday, November 7, 2008; Friday, December 5, 2008; and Friday, January 23, 2009 (Snow Date: January 30, 2009)

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2008

James River Conference Center

400 Court Street

Lynchburg, VA 24504

 

Regions 6/7:

Thursday, November 6, 2008; Thursday, December 4, 2008; and Thursday, January 22, 2009 (Snow Date: January 29, 2009)

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2008

Radford University West Campus

6226 University Park Drive

Radford, VA 24141

 

Please register online by accessing the Effective Schoolwide Discipline website at http://www.ttac.odu.edu/esd. Upon registration, you and your team members will receive a confirmation email from the ESD online automated registration program.

 

For further information, please contact Irene Walker-Bolton, Irene.Walker-bolton@doe.virginia.gov, educational specialist, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, at (804) 225-2709.

 

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