Event Details:
Friday, November 13, 2020

16th Annual New England Positive Behavior Support Forum

Sponsored by May Institute – Partner of the National Technical Assistance Center on PBIS

Given the recommendations by the CDC and our state health authorities, we have decided to hold our 2020 New England PBIS conference virtually. Our major goal is to protect the health and safety of our presenters, attendees, volunteers, and other participants. 

The virtual conference will be held on
Friday, November 13, 2020

Registration Open - see below.

Registration fee includes BACB and Psychology continuing education credits for specific sessions and certificate of attendance (if desired), and all course materials.

Download the full forum schedule here.

Keynote Speakers: 

Kent McIntosh and Susan Barrett will be our keynoters for the conference. The format will be tailored to the challenges and opportunities of connecting, learning, and supporting each other either virtually or in school contexts.

Title: How Do We Make PBIS Work for Each and Every Student?

Kent McIntosh, Ph.D., is the Philip H. Knight Chair of Special Education at the University of Oregon and Director of Educational and Community Supports, a research unit in the College of Education. His current research focuses on implementation and sustainability of school-based interventions, reducing racial discipline disparities, and integrated academic and behavior support. He is Co-Director of the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and lead of the Center’s Equity Workgroup, as well as a founding member of the PBIS-SCP Canada Network and a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Positive Behavior Support.


Title: Enhancing PBIS to Promote Resilience During Crisis by Susan Barett, Old Dominion University 

Mrs. Barrett serves as an Implementer Partner with the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at Old Dominion University. She assists with large-scale implementation of PBIS, partners with researchers to evaluate the impact of PBIS on students, school staff and school communities and serves on the Association of Positive Behavior Supports Board of Directors. She also co-leads the development of the Interconnected Systems Framework, a mental health and PBIS expansion effort. Susan has been published in the areas of large-scale adoption of PBIS, mental health, cost-benefit analysis, advanced tier system development, and adoption of evidence-based practices in schools.

You will be asked to register for one Morning and one Afternoon session when you register.

Morning Session: (10:15-11:30 a.m.): PBIS 101: An Introduction to SW-PBIS - Bob Putnam and Michelle Pratt, May Institute and Sacha Shaw, Endicott College 
Afternoon Session: (12:30-1:45 p.m.): Introduction to Coaching - Adam Feinberg, University of Connecticut

High School & Middle School
Morning Session: High School Implementation of Advanced Tiers - Susannah Everett and Katherine Meyer, University of Connecticut and Marcie Handler, Broad Reach Consulting.
Afternoon Session: Youth, Families, and Schools Connected During Distance Learning - Kathy Francoeur, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire, Margie Borawska, Concord High School, Alison Bryant and Anna Solomon, Laconia Middle School

Morning Session: Back to Basics: Critical Classroom Practices in New Contexts - Brandi Simonsen, University of Connecticut
Afternoon Session: Still Separate, Still Unequal: Culturally Responsive Considerations and Practices to Support Minoritized Youth - Tamika LaSalle, University of Connecticut

Morning Session: Building Community through PBIS - Erik Maki, May Institute and Christa McAuliffe School’s PBIS Team
Afternoon Session: Implementing District-wide PBIS: Lessons Learned - Robert Putnam, May Institute, Joyce West & Amber Casavant, Gardner Public Schools, Sara Deluca, Framingham Public Schools, Jariel Verge, New Bedford Public Schools

Adapting PBIS in a Changing World
Morning Session: Updating and Adapting Universal PBIS - Christine Downs and Tobey Duble, May Institute 
Afternoon Session: Adapting CICO’-Christine Downs, May Institute and Kimberli Breen, SWIFT Education Center

Mental Health
Morning Session: ‘Building State-wide Capacity to Implement MTSS with Integrated SEL and Mental Health’-Samantha Brinz and Kristen Petrarca, Rhode Island Department of Education
Afternoon Session: ‘Innovation in Tier III Supports: How School and Mental Health Providers Pivoted to provide RENEW During COVID-19’-Heidi Cloutier, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire, Larson Viljanen, Greater Nashua Mental Health, Bucky Flores, Launching Emerging Adults Program, Rochester Public Schools, Kathy Francoeur, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire

Individuals with Intellectual  & Developmental Disabilites 
Morning Session: Implementing PBS Support with Individuals with IDD Across Two Organizations  - Bob Putnam, Jennifer Zarcone, & Sarah Weddle, May Institute & Jonathan Worcester & Joseph Ricciardi, Seven Hiils  +
Afternoon Session: Social Skills Instruction – Implementation In the Adult Setting - Robert Smith, Compass Behavioral Solutions

For additional information please contact Kelli Leahy at 781.437.1280 or email