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May 23, 2017


2015-2016 Regional Forums


 Restorative Relationships with


 Students who Display


 Challenging Behavior


The New York State Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Technical Assistance Center (NYS PBIS-TAC), in partnership with the Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers (RSE-TASC) Behavioral Specialists will be presenting twelve one-day regional forums across New York State.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a process for creating safer and more effective schools.  It is a research-based data-driven model that works with all students including those with challenging behavior issues.  PBIS offers a school-wide approach for identifying, teaching and acknowledging behavioral expectations to foster the most optimal school and learning climate. 

Session Overview: 

Positive and supportive relationships are crucial for all students and especially so for those students who display challenging behavior problems. In this session, participants will learn about the elements of restorative relationships including how to respond to challenging behavior in a way that simultaneously holds the student accountable, teaches new behavioral alternatives and sustains mutual positive regard within the teacher/student relationship. Teachers who can establish and maintain this type of relationship in the presence of a student’s challenging behavior can reduce the risk of increased escalation and/or conflict and help improve behavioral and academic outcomes for these students.

Establishing and maintaining restorative relationships with all students;

Developing a road map for teachers that provides a sound theory of the problem behavior and the proposed solution and guides planning for and responding to students’ challenging behavior;

Utilizing moments of conflict to teach coping skills; and

Holding students accountable without damaging teacher/student relationships or students’ dignity.

Substantial time during the full day session will be devoted to practicing the technique shared and allowing participants to develop their own interventions and plan for their implementation.

Please Note:

Presentation materials will be posted on the New York State PBIS website and will be provided to participants via a flash drive at time of training rather than paper versions. Please visit Regional Forum Materials 2015-2016 to see a full list of materials. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to utilize the flash drive during the training or may print the session documents in advance.     

Who should participate:

General and special education classroom teams, including teachers, teaching assistants, and teacher aides. While prior knowledge of PBIS is not necessary, this training will be beneficial for PBIS team members at the Universal, Targeted, and Intensive levels.

This professional development is open to all districts in the region at no cost, on a first come, first served basis.




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