Framework for Technical Assistance, Coaching and Coordination
Exploring, implementing and sustaining VTPBiS requires a partnership between the school, the Supervisory Union/Supervisory District (SU/SD), and the VTPBiS State Team.
In Vermont, the structure for supporting PBIS in schools includes.
Click on the link above to learn more about each structure of support
A. VTPBiS State Technical Assistants (State TAs)
VTPBiS State TAs are representatives of the VTPBiS State Team who are available to help SU/SDs and schools navigate the process of exploring, implementing and sustaining VTPBiS. Support is available through technology (ie. online mtgs.) and/or 1-2 site visits. Click HERE for TA Regional Map
Beginning the Summer of 2016, the VTPBiS TA structure will be organized to provide three types of TA to VTPBiS schools and SU/SDs. (See graphic on right):
1. SYSTEMS: Specific supports include:
- Determining readiness for VTPBiS training at all tiers
- Identifying other VTPBiS Professional Learning opportunities;
- Seeking resources to support VTPBiS implementation; and
- Understanding how to access VTPBiS Coaches/Trainers
2. DATA: Specific supports include:
- Understanding and using the VTPBiS data tools (School-wide Evaluation Tool; Self-Assessment Survey, SWIS, etc.);
- Support for SWIS implementation;
- Assistance with problem solving using data; and
- Developing and sharing data with stakeholders
3. PRACTICES: Specific supports include:
- Implementing PBIS with fidelity at all tiers;
- Identifying evidence-based practices; and
- Consultation about implementation dips
VTPBiS Coaches have been trained in features of PBIS implementation and have been approved by the VTPBiS State Team. They have experience providing both coaching and training supports to schools and SU/SDs. VTPBiS Coaches are available to support schools/SUs/SDs in fidelity of PBIS evidence-based practices and development of local implementation capacity. Specific functions include:
- Supporting leadership teams in promoting fidelity implementation of systems, data and practices following Universal, Targeted or Intensive level trainings;
- Analyzing and providing feedback about student outcomes and PBIS fidelity data;
- Supporting school/SU/SD leadership teams in correcting specific implementation dips as determined by fidelity assessments (BoQ, BAT, SAS, TFI);
- Providing onsite professional learning opportunities in revitalizing VTPBiS Features;
- Supporting new administrators as leaders in PBIS implementation at their schools; and
- Responding to specific requests for assistance from schools/SUs/SDs.
How can schools/SUs/SDs access VTPBiS State Approved Coaches?
Below is a list of recommended steps to follow when considering contracting with a VTPBiS State Approved Coach:
- Prior to the start of the school year, contact your VTPBiS State TA to review the needs of your SU/SD/School as well as possible resources to meet these needs
- Review the VTPBiS Coach Fees: $62.50/hour, $250/half day or $500/day plus mileage
- Coordinate with your central office Grants Coordinator to use local funds or to apply for BEST/Act 230 funds, which are available to support a VTPBiS Coach. BEST/Act 230 application information can be found at: http://education.vermont.gov/educational-support-system
- Click Here to contact a VTPBiS State Approved Coach
Are you interested in becoming a VTPBiS State Approved Coach? Click Here for more information and to access the Coaches Application.
C. VTPBiS Supervisory Union/Supervisory District (SU/SD) Coordinators
The SU/SD Coordinator plays a key role in implementing and sustaining PBIS and is the primary contact person for all PBIS schools in the SU/SD. Successful and sustained PBIS implementation is critically dependent on support and guidance from the office of the SU/SD and role of the SU/SD Coordinator. Specific functions include:
- As member of the SU/SD Leadership Team, the SU/SD Coordinator develops and follows a long-range (3-5 year) plan for implementation of PBIS with specific goals and strategies that are aligned with other SU/SD and school initiatives;
- Facilitates communications with State TAs and VTPBiS Coaches
- Ensures Implementation Readiness and ongoing fidelity of implementation;
- Identifies and secures needed resources;
- Participate in relevant PBIS trainings;
- Attend the schools’ PBIS Leadership Team meetings a few times during the school-year; and
- Conducts fidelity of implementation measures and assist schools with other PBIS data tools (training to be provided).
For more information about the roles and responsibilities of the VTPBiS SU/SD Coordinator, please see the SU/SD Coordinator Implementation Checklist
D. VTPBiS School Coordinators
The VTPBiS School Coordinator is the ultimate “cheerleader” and advocate for PBIS at the building level. As member of the school level leadership team they understand the systems, data and practices of PBIS implementation and support data-driven decision making to encourage student achievement at the building level. Specific functions include:
- Scheduling and facilitating monthly leadership team meetings;
- Attending VTPBiS Coordinators Meetings three times per year;
- Facilitating communications with SU/SD Coordinator, VTPBiS Coaches and State TAs;
- Ensuring ongoing fidelity of implementation; and
- Supporting school leadership team in the completion of evaluation tools, action planning and continuous improvement.
For more information about the roles and responsibilities of the VTPBiS School Coordinator, please see the School Coordinator Implementation Checklist