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The Pbis Team Handbook


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Char Ryan, Ph.D., is a PBIS consultant, coach, evaluation specialist, and SWIS (School-Wide Information Systems) trainer and facilitator. She is also a licensed psychologist in private practice. Char was formerly the PBIS coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Education, as well as an assistant professor at Saint Cloud State University and adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas. She is a frequent conference presenter and has been published in numerous journals including Psychology in the Schools. Char lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Beth Baker, M.S.Ed., is a teacher and an advocate for students with emotional/behavioral challenges. During her twenty-plus years in education, Beth has taught in self contained classrooms, implemented and coached PBIS teams, served as a behavior specialist, and supported staff working with students who have special needs. Most recently, she taught in Caracas, Venezuela, where she implemented PBIS at an international school. Beth loves discussing positive paths to behavior change and does it whenever and wherever she can. Currently, she teaches at an elementary school in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she also lives.


"Through personal anecdotes and helpful tips, Ryan and Baker describe one of the most critical aspects of PBIS implementation: the school team. This revised edition includes cutting-edge research and tools to help teams overcome barriers and improve outcomes for all student groups, including students of color."--Kent McIntosh, Ph.D., professor, special education, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
"PBIS is being used in literally thousands of schools across the United States. The PBIS Team Handbook provides an accessible description of the key features of PBIS and useful guidance on how a school or district would launch the PBIS adoption process."--Rob Horner, co-director, OSEP Technical Assistance Center on PBIS, Eugene, Oregon
"This revised edition of The PBIS Team Handbook provides the updated practical directions and tools coaches and teams need to implement the framework with fidelity along with tips to deal with real situations that happen within the complex settings of schools. Char and Beth give us important updates about the relationship between MTSS and PBIS. It is also vital to talk about the addition of a new chapter on disproportionate discipline and cultural responsiveness as well as how these affect the data as we learn more about our implicit bias. The PBIS Team Handbook highlights this in a very humanistic way. The book continues to be a vital resource for coaches and for those implementing PBIS."--Cristina Dobon-Claveau, LCSW, PPSC, wellness and prevention coordinator, Roseville Joint Union High School District, Roseville, California

"The second edition of The PBIS Team Handbook continues to be an important resource for all schools as they navigate the process of improving outcomes for all students, especially students who struggle with social-emotional learning. The parts of the book that have remained the same provide a solid framework for schools and districts as they work through the process of implementing PBIS, and the addition of a chapter on equity and disproportionality is timely. As a [veteran teacher and administrator], I can attest to the disproportionality which has existed historically and continues to exist despite the good intentions of professionals who support students. Ms. Baker's sharing of her self-reflections related to this topic is courageous and inspiring. I appreciate the referrals to tools that can be used to assess a school's cultural responsiveness as well as to tools to reduce disproportionality. Thank you for providing a user-friendly, real resource for schools!"--Barb Mackey, assistant special education director, Northern Lights Academy, Cloquet, Minnesota
"The PBIS Team Handbook has been an invaluable resource for our school and staff members. It provided us the opportunity to build capacity with not only our teachers, but also our parent community. The authors' ability to provide theoretical and practical information in an engaging format was another reason our school was able to implement PBIS so successfully. Our PLC team used the ideas and information in the handbook to create a much needed plan for our context. The PBIS Team Handbook is a critical resource that has assisted our school in creating and utilizing a positive, consistent, and, most importantly, sustainable model of behavioral support!"--Kelly Kramer, Ed.D., director, International School of Dongguan, Dongguan, China
"The PBIS Team Handbook is a practical, step-by-step guide to implementing and sustaining a proactive schoolwide PBIS program, while embedding cultural differences, challenges to equity, and tools for teams to consider the disproportionality created in schools today. The PBIS Team Handbook is a must-have book for schools to create and sustain a proactive positive behavior support program to meet the needs of each and every student."--Amy Piotrowski, Ed.S., supervisor, student support services, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District, Burnsville, Minnesota
"This revised and updated edition provides a detailed step-by-step how-to guide for the implementation of PBIS from initial consideration to successful practice. Reader-friendly text includes information on essential elements of PBIS, research-based practices with descriptions and examples of team member roles and tools for fidelity and sustainability, and numerous resources and reproducible forms. An important addition is a chapter on how to address issues of disproportionality. It provides practical information for both novice and veteran professionals."--Sheldon Braaten, Ph.D., executive director, Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents, Little Canada, Minnesota

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