A person runningBEST/MTSS Summer Institute 2016

Strand B

VTPBiS Targeted Training

Cortney Keene and Nicole Grenier

For Eligible VTPBiS School Leadership Teams


PBIS School Teams must achieve a score of 80/80 on their post-implementation SET or 70% on the most recent Benchmarks of Quality (completed within five months)

PBIS Targeted Level Coordinators must participate in a brief orientation webinar on April 7, 2016. Visit http://uvmcdci.adobeconnect.com/e1j01d1n6b5/event/registration.html for more information.


School leadership teams that have implemented School-wide PBIS with fidelity are eligible to attend this strand that will provide the content and facilitation needed to help school teams to prepare for implementation at the targeted level within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports. School Leadership Teams will:

• Increase knowledge and fluency about the targeted level of VTPBiS;
• Finalize systems needed at the targeted level;
• Complete an inventory of the formal and informal targeted supports currently available, identify gaps and prioritize practices for implementation;
• Learn about Check-In, Check-Out and Teacher Check, Connect and Expect and plan for implementation; and
• Develop a foundational understanding of Functional Behavior Analysis and  Universal Screening and plan to integrate this into their targeted level of PBIS.

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


Check back after May 1st.

Materials to be handed out at the Institute (one per team):


Cortney KeeneCortney Keene is the Educational Consultant for the Vermont I-Team in the Southern Region. She has 10 years of experience in Vermont special education, working in the Hartford School District, primarily with students with emotional and behavior needs, intensive special needs, and autism spectrum disorders as a special education teacher, behavior specialist, and special education technology integrationist. She is also an FBA trainer and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Additionally, she works part-time for VTPBIS as an implementation coach and trainer. Cortney has her Associates from Simon's Rock College of Bard, BA from UVM in Psychology, M.Ed. from Antioch New England in Place-Based and Environmental Education, and CAS in Emotional/Behavioral Disturbances from UVM.
Nicole Grenier

Nicole Grenier, MHA, holds a Master's Degree of Health Care Administration from the University of Scranton and has served as a mental health professional with 18+ years experience in a variety of roles serving children, youth and families while collaborating with school teams and the local systems of care in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont. Most recently, Nicole has embarked on her newest adventure as the owner of the Stowe Street Cafe in Waterbury where she continues her commitment to building community and advocating for issues affecting Vermont children and families. Nicole continues to support the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support in Vermont schools through collaboration between the University of Vermont and the Agency of Education and continues to also provide training in the Strengthening Families model within the Early Childhood community. She also provides consultation to Vermont Chocolate For Change, the alternative culinary program she founded while serving as the Director of Early Childhood Programs at Washington County Mental Health Services in Barre. Nicole is most proud, however, to be the mom of two young children: Eli, age 8 and Rosalie, age 2 whom, along with her husband, John, keep her grounded in what's truly important every day.