Meeting Notes, etc. 9-20-12

Here are the minutes from yesterday’s meeting (thanks to George for taking notes):

SEWG Meeting 9-20-12

The next meeting will be Thursday, November 15, 2012, from 10:00-3:30 in Eugene.

Here is the ECPBIS K-Transition document we worked on as a group:

ECPBIS to K info sheet

And here are some links mentioned and/or discussed at the meeting:

Meeting Notes, November 17, 2011

Here are the minutes from last Thursday’s meeting (thanks to George Cocores for taking notes):

SEWG Meeting 11-17-11

The next meeting will be Thursday, January 19, 2012, from 10:00-3:30 in Eugene.

Some Show & Tell items:

a visual showing the amount of interactions parents have with a child, as opposed to teachers and service providers:
Therapist, Teacher, Parent Visual

An updated version of the Parent Emergency Freakout Fixer:
PEFF (Gerry)

A link to Gerry’s directory of PBIS Essentials

ECPBIS Recognition from OSEP

The US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs sent a letter to Susan Castillo in February following their verification and review visit to Oregon.  Among other comments, they singled out our efforts in implementing PBIS in early childhood programs.  The letter is posted here (please pardon the sloppy copy), and the reference to ECPBIS is in the second paragraph from the end.  I think we can be proud of our efforts, and welcome this recognition of our work…

9th Annual NorthWest PBIS Conference

nwpbisnetworkPlease spread the word about the 9th Annual NorthWest PBIS Conference, February 28, March 1 & 2 in Eugene.  We have a great selection of sessions for Early Childhood teachers, providers, and other professionals.  Details and registration information are posted here:

TACSEI updates via Twitter

Here is a great resource for early childhood articles and information related to developmental and social-emotional needs.TASCEI_logo_square_bigger

You don’t need a Twitter account to see this list of links, which is updated nearly every day.  It includes journal articles, activities, and other information for parents and professionals.  I keep this bookmarked in my daily links and find something useful or interesting every week.

The Praise Debate

Since praise was a topic of discussion at our last work group meeting, and has become a topic on the listserv, I’m posting three documents relevant to this discussion here on our website.

This could make for an interesting discussion among members of the group, and I like the idea of having “study topics” where we can look deeper into concepts we regularly promote.  Please use the comments section of this post to contribute your thoughts…

July 22, 2010 Meeting Notes

Here are the minutes from today’s meeting (thanks to George Cocores for taking notes).

SEWG Minutes, 7-22-10

Among other tasks, we scheduled our meetings for the 2010-11 school year. They will take place on Thursdays from 10 to 3:30 on the following dates:

  • September 23, at Lane ESD (location of subsequent meetings will be determined)
  • November 18
  • January 20
  • March 17
  • May 19
  • July 21 (probably a retreat meeting in Bend again)

Important Change in Terminology: PBS now PBIS

The Oregon Department of Education has been notified of a request from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to immediately remove any printed references to the tiered model of behavioral support, referred to as “Positive Behavior Supports” and abbreviated as the acronym “PBS”. Effective immediately the Department was advised to refer to our tiered model of behavioral support in all cases as “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports” which will be abbreviated as “PBIS”.

At this time the Department is taking measures to ensure that all posted and printed references referred to as “Positive Behavior Supports” and abbreviated as “PBS” are instead referred to as “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports” which will be abbreviated as “PBIS”. We will no longer be using the term PBS in reference to this model. Changes to current and active web postings and documentation are anticipated to be complete by June 11 2010. Some prior and archived news announcements may still reflect this language.

Changes will apply to any references to “PBS” that refer to:

Positive Behavior Supports
Positive Behavioral Supports
Positive Behavior Systems
Positive Behavior Support Systems
Or other similar variations
If your district or program is working within this model you are urged to be aware of this request from Public Broadcasting Service and where necessary, make this important change.

When appropriate for searches and in practice on the ODE website, these terms henceforth will been changed to: “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports” and will be abbreviated as “PBIS”, except when the reference is a legitimate reference to PBS in which case the appropriate search term will be—the Public Broadcasting Service.

ECPBS Implementation Guide: a near-final draft

In preparation for the next SEWG meeting (Thursday May 6th in Eugene), I am posting the near-final draft of our ECPBS Implementation Guide for your review.

ECPBS Implementation Guide (near-final-draft).doc

I apologize for missing the April 9th timeline we discussed at the last meeting.  As John Lennon wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”  Your comments and feedback are very important– please add them via the Comments link, or bring your ideas to the May 6th meeting.

— Gerry


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Presenters – 2010 Call Announcement-Application (.doc)

ECPBS Implementation Guide: A rough draft

UPDATED:  The draft guide (still a work-in-progress) has been reposted to reflect some of the structural changes we discussed at Thursday’s meeting.  Revisions will be added and updated when appropriate, and we will notify members of the work group when an almost-final version is available for review– this should happen on or about April 9th to allow time for review prior to our next meeting on May 6th.  (Gerry Morgan, 3/6/10)


In preparation for Thursday’s meeting I am posting the current draft of our ECPBS Implmentation Guide at this link:

ECPBS Implementation Guide (draft) (.doc)

Hopefully you will have time to review this before Thursday.  I’m posting it in Word format to allow for edits or contributions you would like to make.  All edits and contributions are welcome, and I’m confident that the group can find common ground.  If you have an edit or contribution, please highlight the change or addition in yellow, then email the revised document to me (  I will compile and track the changes into a master document, and post updates as we move toward a final product.  A few notes:

  • The section entitled Overview of Program-wide Positive Behavior Support (pages 5-21 in the current draft) has been reprinted with permission from the Pre-SET Manual, and is not open to revision.
  • The Resources & Tools section is in process (Pam is putting the finishing touches on this…) and will be added and posted for review soon.
  • We may wish to consider a section of appendices for specific tools (i.e., Pre-SET, data forms, etc.), or a short guide to finding these items online, perhaps posted in a specific directory on the SEWG website.
  • Expanding on the last note, could/should we have a basic version of the guide (our current effort) and an online version, housed at the SEWG website, which could be an evolving, fluid, living document with links to forms and documents, with dynamic elements such as discussion forums, with a section for sharing resources, visuals, etc.?

Please feel free to comment below, to edit or contribute to the master document (please highlight in yellow), and to bring your thoughts and creative ideas to Thursday’s meeting.  See you there…

— Gerry

February NW PBIS Coaches Conference

The handouts from the Early Childhood strand at the February NW PBIS Coaches Conference can be downloaded at this link:
(This link will also access materials from other sessions, which you are welcome to peruse.)

Additional materials:
• The escalator video can be downloaded here:
• The tantrum videos can be downloaded here:
• The TPOT Manual (with guidance and criteria) can be downloaded here:
• The article from The Atlantic titled “What Makes a Good Teacher?” can be found here:

November 19, 2009 Meeting Notes

Here are the minutes from today’s meeting (thanks to Ginna Oliver for taking notes).

SEWG Minutes, 11-19-09

Also note that materials from Annette Hahn’s coaching training are posted on a separate page , and I’ve also posted the Early Childhood Program-Wide PBS Benchmarks of Quality.  You can access both from the Forms & Documents link above.

The next Social Emotional Work Group meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2010, from 10:00-3:30 in Eugene.

Los Angeles Unified School District Behavior Policy

Hello all.  As we develop our guide and look for some kind of vision or guiding statement, I thought it may be useful to share the Los Angeles SD Behavior Policy as I think it’s really succinct:

“Every student, pre-school through adult has the right to be educated in a safe, respectful and welcoming environment. Every educator has the right to teach in an atmosphere free from disruption and obstacles that impede learning. This will be achieved through the adoption and implementation of a consistent school-wide positive behavior support discipline plan for every school in LAUSD. All school level plans will include: teaching school rules and social emotional skills; reinforcing appropriate student behavior; using effective classroom management and positive behavior support strategies by providing early intervention for misconduct and appropriate use of consequences.”

Posted by Tim Andrews

“The Pyramid Model” Online Course

Here’s a training option which may be a good match for some teachers and service providers:  TACSEI (The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention) and CSEFEL (the Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning) have announced a distance learning opportunity entitled “Promoting Social and Emotional Competence for Preschool Children” through the University of Illinois.  Basically, this is an opportunity to be guided through the CSEFEL “modules” by a knowledgeable instructor.  The class is available for credit, CEUs, etc. and begins in January.  More information is available at .

[Thanks to Ginna and Kelly for the prompt]

Check-In, Check-Out in Preschool?

When interfacing with school-age behavior service providers, we often hear about the Level-Two intervention Check-In, Check-Out, which involves students checking in and checking out with a positive adult and is implemented with students who need more practice and feedback on their behavior to be successful in schools.  Is an adaptation of this system in preschool settings appropriate?  According to Leanne Hawken, one of the program’s designers, “I think we need more data/research before we know how effective and developmentally appropriate it is.”  The following links include a research article from the Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention from 2007 describing an effort to adapt CICO for preschoolers.

Preventing Severe Problem Behavior in Young Children:  The Behavior Education Program

Figures and Tables-BEPPreschool

Traumatic childhood takes 20 years off life expectancy

Here’s a link to an article about an interesting study describing the long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACE):

Traumatic childhood takes 20 years off life expectancy

The ACE Study (which is really a research group with many studies related to adverse childhood experiences) was mentioned several times at the PBS & The Brain conference on October 1st, and their findings and models are very interesting and relevant to early childhood positive behavior support.  Their website can be accessed here:

The ACE Study

(Thanks to Pam for prompt…)

Statewide Data Collection

There was a discussion surrounding the need to collect statewide data connected to ECPBS in order to make data-based decisions and to show progress in our efforts to implement behavior support systems.  This could include child outcomes, teacher outcomes, and classroom assessment.  We generated the following list of data tools we know about, may be using, or may wish to look at:

• Pre-SET
• OSEP reporting (AEPS)
• Inventory of Practices
• IFSP Behavior box
• staff turnover data
• satisfaction surveys
• Galileo or Creative Curriculum SE domain reports
• expulsion or placement change data
• Behavior Tracking Form
• incident reporting
• parent report/satisfaction surveys

Do you know of others to add to this list?  Let us know if there are other tools you are using or which you think we should discuss.  Please use the Comments section to suggest other tools, to discuss the merits of the tools listed above, and to provide any feedback to the group you may wish to contribute.  This will be an agenda item at the September 17th meeting.

ECPBS Implementation Guide outline

At our July 31st meeting, the group developed a framework for our proposed ECPBS Implementation Guide.  It’s posted here in pdf and Word (.doc) form for your convenience and/or editing.

ECPBS Implementation Guide.doc

ECPBS Implementation Guide.pdf

Please use the Comments link to share feedback and input with the group, to ask questions, and/or to let the group know of an area you may want to contribute to as we work on the guide at our September 17th meeting.

Restraint and Seclusion

Hearings are taking place in the House Committee on Education and Labor regarding restraint and seclusion special education students.  Here’s a link to key points regarding the issue (thanks Alan Garland for the tip):

Key Points

Here’s a video report:

And here are two articles discussing the issue:

Restraint can dispirit and hurt special-ed students

GAO- Schools restrain, confine disabled children

Reading the issues involved and the rules being proposed, I think we can all be proud of the considered, sensitive, child-centered approach of the Safety First curriculum.

— Gerry

UPDATED 6/19/09: A parent at a SOESD EI Council meeting this week brought up this topic, and shared the following report from NPR:  Report:  Discipline Methods Endanger Disabled Kids (thanks Pam for tip)

Parenting and Inclusion Resources

The Parent Program that I referred to at the meeting on Thursday can be found at this website: 
The Chicago Parent Program of Rush University
It is quite affordable and the parts that they showed at the Young Child with Special Needs Conference in Vegas looked promising.

The other website I mentioned was :
Head Start Center for Inclusion
The website is new and not yet loaded with many resources.  It has a few training and a few printable teacher resources on it right now.

Marian Aikin
LBL ESD ECSE Specialist

Social Emotional Literature Resources

From Pam Arbogast: Here’s what I think I said I’d send for the blog. The Literature PowerPoint is posted as a pdf to make it quicker/easier to access, but if anyone wants to use it for training I could send them the PowerPoint file.
Noisy Nora, Big Al and the Knufle Bunny (participant handout)
Book Lists (by topic):
Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution

Response To Intervention in Early Childhood

Materials from the recent TACSEI webinar, Using a Response to Intervention (RTI) Framework to Promote Young Children’s Social Development: The Teaching Pyramid Model are available for viewing at this link. The webinar can also be downloaded as a podcast (this link) so it can be viewed as a slideshow with the audio discussion from the webinar using iTunes or other programs.

The webinar is interesting, and could be the basis of a group discussion. Please use the comments section to post your thoughts…

— Gerry

Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

In case you haven’t seen it, the State Implementation of Scaling-up Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center and the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) have recently released the following summary briefs on implementing and scaling up evidence-based practices in education:

* Scaling up evidence-based practices in education

* Intensive technical assistance

* Readiness for change

* Implementation: The missing link between research and practice

[Forwarded from Elizabeth Benedict Steed]


Hi all. I wanted to let everyone know that I will be teaching a course at PSU this summer on EC PBS. The course will be one week long and is 3 credits. It will be available for graduate or undergraduate credit. It will run the week of Aug. 18th. This would be a great opportunity for any staff who are needing to move from initial licensure to continuing or for anyone who would like to learn more about EC PBS. Spread the word! — Tim Andrews

Data Spreadsheet

Hi, all.  I had a few requests for a copy of the Excel spreadsheet I am using to compile data and create graphs.  I have uploaded a blank master to the Forms and Documents page.  It includes a worksheet for compiling data from the Behavior Tracking Forms (linked to two charts which should fill in automatically), as well as two worksheets for tracking Pre-SET data based on what Alan was using last year.  Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.  — Gerry

Success Stories

This is the first entry in a new category suggested by Pam called “Success Stories.”  This is a place to share anecdotes about positive change we see happening.  This could also be a place to share data…).   Here’s an example:  

Susan from Head Start brought a solution box out to the CJ Head Start. She said all the Head Starts were going to have them! I added the timer and ring of little emotion cards from our box, and the rest is the same. Plus a page of introduction and direction. This was especially good news  because…… W, one of our students, just transferred to the Merlin Center. He had been using the solution box here in CJ, and I was hoping they had one in Merlin. Not having adequate words to defend his toys when an adult was not present, he would go and get the solution box and carry it over to me. I asked him what kind of help he needed and he would bring me to the child he needed solutions with. We could then all discuss it, and come up with a solution! So hopefully he will be able to continue this problem solving strategy in Merlin. Another little snapshot- O wanted a turn on the computer. He came to me and said “We need the solution box. We need the timer.” Problem solved! –Jill Gruenberg, Teaching Assistant  SOESD Early Childhood Services. 

Editorial comment –this story comes from a site that is not officially implementing PBS, but there has been “spillover” from other sites and staff trainings.  -Pam 


Some recent emails have made reference to the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool for Preschool Classrooms (TPOT).  It is a work in progress (note that it is still referenced as a “Research Edition”).  I’m posting the protocol in its current form, along with the manual and some supporting documents, in this folder.  This gives us an opportunity to review this tool before our meeting on May 1st.  It’s my understanding that the authors would like to limit dissemination, so please do not distribute these materials without first obtaining permission from the authors.   — Gerry 

Teacher-Child Interactive Therapy

Here is an article about the TCIT model (Teacher Child Interactive Therapy) being used in Jackson County in a couple of Head Classrooms. The TCIT model has been developed by the Cheryl McNeil, PhD who developed the PCIT model (Parent Child Interactive Therapy) for working with families.  The article can be found here: Teacher-Child Interactive Therapy  I will continue to look for particular information regarding the tools used for assessing mastery and pass them on to you as well.  Kelly Carter

January 24, 2008 Meeting

Hi, everyone.  Notes from last Thursday’s meeting are available to download from this post (se-group-1_24_08.pdf).  I know they were already sent out via email, but I posted them here as an example of how we may be able to share documents.  This could allow us to work on projects and exchange edits, updates, etc.  Thanks to Judy Newman at EC Cares for the notes…  — Gerry 

The SEWG blog is online

Welcome to our new blog, hosted by This initial post is meant to show an example of how this technology works.  The text you are reading now is a Post. By clicking on the word Comment(s) below each post, you can read other people’s comments and add a comment of your own.  Try it!  Further instructions on how to create a Post will be forthcoming.  I will add the ability to post once I understand how this system works. — Gerry