The goal of the BEST project is to increase and strengthen capacity across Vermont, so that schools and their communities are better able to anticipate and respond to the needs of students who are at risk of or experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
To help schools develop more effective strategies and interventions, the BEST Team facilitates a variety of workshops, in-service training, university coursework, webinars, and an annual Summer Institute. Training and technical assistance are presented within the framework of a multi-tiered system of supports, specifically, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). They are available to school staff, families/caregivers (including kin, foster, and adoptive caregivers) community members, and a variety of interagency workforce members.
Training is offered on evidence-based strategies, interventions, and curricula that can be used in classrooms and schools to support students who are at risk of or who experience emotional/behavioral challenges. Training is also extended to education administrators, families/caregivers (including kin, foster, and adoptive caregivers), mental health providers, and other interested stakeholders. All activities are posted on our annual Professional Development Calendar at www.pbisvermont.org.