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Strand A

VTPBiS Leadership Team Training at the Universal Level

Cassandra Townshend, Kristin Beswick, and Tiffany Cassano

For PBIS School Teams only

Pre-requisites: Intent to Implement Application (including Readiness Checklist), View First Steps Module Series, Completion of PBIS Pre-Assessment Data Tools (SAS & SET).


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:
• Finalize the school-wide system needed for PBIS implementation;
• Develop 3-5 school-wide behavior expectations;
• Establish a system for acknowledging students at the individual, classroom and school-wide levels;
• Create lessons for teaching school-wide expectations;
• Develop consistent practices and procedures for responding to minor and major behavior problems; and
• Plan a system for collecting and reporting school-wide data for use in decision-making


(1)   Sugai, G., Horner, R.H., Algozzine, R., Barrett, S., Lewis, T., Anderson, C., Bradley, R., Choi, J. H., Dunlap, G., Eber, L., George, H., Kincaid, D., McCart, A., Nelson, M., Newcomer, L., Putnam, R., Riffel, L., Rovins, M., Sailor, W., Simonsen, B. (2010). School-wide positive behavior support: Implementers’ blueprint and self-assessment. Eugene, OR: University of Oregon. http://www.pbis.org/pbis_resource_detail_page.aspx?Type=3&PBIS_ResourceID=216


Cassandra Townshend Cassandra Townshend, M.S.W., is a member of the BEST Team and works 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 a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Skidmore College.
Kristin Beswick Kristin Beswick, MS Ed, Licensed School Psychologist, is a member of the BEST Team. She has worked as a School Psychologist in New York, Iowa, Illinois and Arizona. She is currently completing her 10th year working as a Behavior Specialist at the North Country Supervisory Union in Newport, VT. Kristin is a PBIS School Coordinator, a PBIS Coach and provides district trainings related to behavior and behavioral planning.
Tiffany Cassano

Tiffany Cassano, has a background in regular and special education and has worked in Vermont schools for 13 years.  She currently supports school districts and professional staff in their implementation of PBIS and provides training in Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions.  She works with the BEST team as a PBIS coach and trainer.