Superintendent's Memo #010-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

January 23, 2009
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans: Evidence-Based Practices for Students with Challenging Behavior Problems

The Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, will offer training in the advanced application of Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and positive Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). This extensive training will include evidence-based practices for students with challenging behavior problems. This training is designed to provide participants who have attended previous FBA/BIP training with in-depth analysis of behavior assessment and practice with writing behavior plans for students.

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) who previously attended a FBA training, to attend this more extensive training session. School teams that attended FBA/BIP training in the fall of 2008 have already received this training.

FBA/BIP team trainings have been arranged as follows:

Please register online by accessing the Effective Schoolwide Discipline website at Upon registration, you and your team members will receive a confirmation e-mail from the ESD online automated registration program.

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