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Strand A

VTPBiS Universal Training

Cassandra Townshend and Kym Asam

For Eligible VTPBiS School Leadership Teams


School teams must have completed the following activities to be eligible to attend this training:


School leadership teams that have submitted the Intent to Implement Application and have completed the VTPBiS readiness requirements, including the First Steps Module Series, are eligible to attend this strand at the BEST/MTSS Summer Institute. Teams will be supported with facilitation and content needed to complete their PBIS School-wide Implementation Plan within a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework. Teams will prepare for PBIS roll-out to staff, students and family members. School Leadership Teams will:

Who should attend?

School leadership teams consisting of representative members from the school including a building principal or assistant principal, Supervisory Union/Supervisory District coordinator and school-based PBIS coordinator.

Wondering if this strand is for you? Contact Cassandra Townshend at Cassandra.townshend@uvm.edu


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Cassandra Townshend

Cassandra Townshend, M.S.W., is the Coordinator of Training and Development for the BEST/PBIS Project at UVM’s Center on Disability & Community Inclusion. Her background includes work as a high school social worker, elementary/middle school behavior specialist and outpatient therapist. In particular, Cassandra enjoys consulting, training and coaching schools in PBIS implementation as well as Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Training. Cassandra earned a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently working towards her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UVM.

Kym Asam

Kym Asam is the Regional Director of Schools and Clinical Programming for NFI Vermont.  She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Hawaii’s School of Social Work and is a Vermont Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW).  She has practiced since 1992 and in addition to direct work with clients, providing clinical supervision to multiple staff and consultation to schools on complicated emotional and behavioral student needs, Kym has developed and conducted numerous trainings for school personnel, both in Vermont and out of state.  She is a PBIS coach and trainer, a lead ARC (Attachment, Regulation and Competency) trainer for the state of Vermont and has further extensive training in multiple, evidence-based methods for working with and treating children and adults who have experienced developmental trauma.