2022 PBIS Forum November 18, 2022

18th Annual New England Positive Behavioral Support Forum

Friday, November 18, 2022, in Norwood, Mass.


Most of the presentations are available now as .pdf by clicking here. And we will continue to add presentations as they are shared with us.



Fee Schedule

Registration Fee: $225 per person (group discount for 10 or more people: $200 per person)*

Student Registration Fee: $125 per person

Speaker Registration Fee: $100 per person

Payment Information

  • Checks should be made payable to May Institute. Please submit registration form and payment to: May Institute, ATTN: PBS Forum, 41 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA 02368
  • Credit Card purchases can be made online using the registration form. For Groups of 10+, please contact Kelli Leahy at 781.437.1280 or pbs@mayinstitute.org for the group discount and payment options.
  • Purchase Orders are also accepted. Please contact Kelli Leahy at 781.437.1280 or pbs@mayinstitute.org for more information

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing via email (pbs@mayinstitute.org) or via mail to PBIS Forum/Kelli Leahy at May Institute, 41 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA 02368, by November 14, 2022will be refunded minus a 5% registration service charge to cover non-refundable expenses to May Institute. Please note that if you do not cancel and do not attend, you are still responsible for full payment. Attendee substitutions may be made at any time.

How to Register

* For Groups of 10+, registration questions, or to pay by Purchase Order, please contact Kelli Leahy at pbs@mayinstitute.org or 781.437.1280.

For Individual and Student Registration, simply click here.

There will be CEs available for both BCBAs and *Psychologists using CEU HELPER. Please download and install CEU helper on your phone before the conference. https://ceuhelper.com/

*May Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. May Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. There is no known commercial support for this program.

A Few Helpful Notes

  • Continental breakfast and registration starts at 7:45 am

  • Materials will be provided as neccessary

  • A hot Buffet lunch will be served from 12:15-1:15 pm.

  • CEUs available for BCBAs and Psychologists if you register to receive them. Please download CEU Helper on your phone. https://ceuhelper.com/

Your registration fee includes a certificate of attendance (if desired) and all course materials.

Download the Save-the-Date postcard here.


Download the pdf of this draft schedule here.


Keynote Speakers

Ruthie L. Payno-Simmons, Ph.D., morning keynote

Dr. Payno-Simmons (Formally Ruthie Riddle), of RPS Educational Impact, LLC serves as an Equity and Professional Learning Specialist for the Michigan Multi-tiered Systems of Support echnical Assistance Center (MiMTSS TA Center) and State Cadre Specialist for the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP Center) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Dr. Payno-Simmons partners with national experts to provide technical assistance to state and local educational agencies as they work to develop policies and strategic plans that address significant academic and discipline inequities involving historically and systemically marginalized students. Dr. Payno-Simmons supports educators and policymakers in addressing issues associated with race, culture, power, and privilege as they center educational equity in their systems. Dr. Payno-Simmons’ experiences as a parent, researcher, teacher, teacher educator, principal, and district administrator contribute to her broad depth of knowledge and expertise in multiple areas. These areas include equity-oriented policies, culturally sustaining practices, multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS), positive behavior supports (PBIS), and implementing sustainable educational systems. In one of her former roles as building principal, Dr. Payno-Simmons worked alongside her staff to implement sustainable systems of support focused on promoting equitable learning, which earned a state designation for closing the opportunity gap between the top 30% and bottom 30% of students performing on the state assessment. Dr. Payno-Simmons leadership experiences over the last two decades include policy analysis, strategic planning, coordination of K-12 educational programs, instruction, curriculum, staff professional development at all levels, school improvement, district accreditation, and evaluation of systems, assessment, and processes. Dr. Payno-Simmons has served as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and teacher educator.

Brandi Simonsen, Ph.D., afternoon keynote

Dr. Simonsen is a professor of Special Education with tenure in the Department of Educational Psychology at the Neag School of Education and the Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER; www.cber.org) at the University of Connecticut. She is also the Co-Director of the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS; [http://www.pbis.org%29/]www.pbis.org), Co-Principal Investigator of the National Multi-Tiered System of Supports Research Network (MTSS-RN; www.mtss.org), a Senior Advisor to the National Center on Intensive Interventions (NCII), and an editorial board member for the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Currently, Dr. Simonsen conducts research, publishes, teaches, and provides training/technical assistance in the areas of (a) school- and class-wide PBIS, (b) positive and proactive professional development supports for teachers, and (c) applications of PBIS in alternative education settings.


For More Information:       
Christine Downs,      
Director of PBIS