Superintendent’s Memo #145-15

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

June 12, 2015

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans: Five One-Day Training Sessions

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Office of Special Education Instructional Services, will offer five one-day training sessions on how to conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and develop a positive Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP).

The sessions will focus on the steps in conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and developing effective, positive Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP).  Participants will discuss the process as well as the purpose and rationale for FBA/BIP.  Activities will be used to increase participants’ interaction with their colleagues and the process.  The training will focus on the ten step process outlined by the Virginia Department of Education’s guidelines.

A 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.

A 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 to be trained together in the FBA/BIP process.

Registration for the training sessions is available at the link below:

Wytheville (July 8, 2015)
Wytheville Meeting Center
333 Community Boulevard
Wytheville, Virginia 24382

Charlottesville (July 9, 2015)
Double Tree by Hilton Charlottesville
990 Hilton Heights Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901

Richmond (July 22, 2015)
Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Manassas (August 13)
Best Western Battlefield Inn
10820 Balls Ford Road
Manassas, Virginia 20109

Fredericksburg (August 18)
Fredericksburg Hospitality House
2801 Plank Road, Central Fork
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

If you have questions or need additional information, contact Ellen J. Harrison, educational specialist, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, via e-mail at or telephone (804) 225-2709.