Superintendent's Memo #222-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 14, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Functional Behavioral Assessment & Behavior Intervention Plan, 3-Part Series
DUE DATE: August 14, 2009

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 2009-2010 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 website 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) 225-2709.

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