Superintendent's Memo #179-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

July 1, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Functional Behavioral Assessment & Behavior Intervention Plan, 3-Part Series

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), 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:

Part 1 – Critical Issues in Disciplinary Practices for Students with Disabilities

Part 2 – Conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and Developing Effective Behavior Intervention Plans

Part 3 – Evidence-Based Strategies to Address Student Problem Behavior

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 VDOE 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 VDOE, 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 will be available to give technical support and assistance to participating teams.

This three-part training is designed for those who have attended a previous FBA training series as well as those who are not familiar with the FBA process. Those who register must attend all three days; the three days are interdependent. This three-part training series will not be repeated during the 2011-2012 school year. The FBA/BIP team trainings have been arranged as follows:

Please register online by clicking the date hyperlink above or by accessing the Calendar on the Effective Schoolwide Discipline Web site at Upon registration, you and your team members will receive a confirmation e-mail from the ESD online automated registration program.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Irene Walker-Bolton, educational specialist, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, via e-mail at or telephone (804) 225-2066.

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