May Institute to Host PBS Conference; Guest Speaker Erin Gruwell of the Freedom Writers Foundation


Boston, Mass., — May Institute and the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports are joining forces to present a forum on Positive Behavior Support (PBS) to help area educators learn how to use PBS to improve overall school climate, reduce problem behaviors, and maximize academic achievement.

The forum, PBS: Catalyst for Behavioral and Academic Success, will be held on Friday, November 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, Mass.

Erin Gruwell, educator, author, and the inspirational teacher portrayed in the movie “The Freedom Writers,” will be the opening keynote speaker. Dr. Robert Horner, professor of special education at the University of Oregon, and co-director of the University’s Positive Behavior Research and Support research unit, will provide the closing address.

PBS is a comprehensive, systemic, and individualized continuum of support designed to provide opportunities for all students, including those with significant emotional and behavioral issues, to achieve social and academic success. PBS enhances the capacity of schools, districts, and states to adopt and sustain effective behavioral practices. These practices improve overall school climate and address the individual needs of each student.

“Effective school-wide behavioral interventions have been shown to reduce problem behaviors and improve academic performance,” said Robert Putnam Ph.D., BCBA, Senior Vice President of Consultation Services at May Institute. “This conference will give educators unparalleled access to the resources needed to realize significant and sustainable behavioral and academic changes in their schools. These changes can directly impact the future success of their students.”

May Institute, a national nonprofit organization, provides consultation services to more than 200 school systems annually and is the Northeast regional partner to the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. The Center has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices. The Center, May Institute, and nine other universities and agencies are implementing PBS at the school, district, and state levels in the Northeast and across the country.

To register, or for more information, please call 800-778-7601or e-mail

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