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    National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

    U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs


    Grant No. H326S03002

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    The OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Education and 11 technical assistance units across the United States. The Center is directed by Drs. George Sugai (University of Connecticut, Rob Horner, (University of Oregon) and Tim Lewis (University of Missouri). The Center builds from a 10 year history of defining, implementing and evaluating PBIS across more than 9000 schools in 40 states.

    The logic for the Center is based on (a) documented need for improving the social behavior of students in U.S. schools, (b) demonstrated success of PBIS to improve both student social behavior and academic performance, (c) demonstrated effectiveness of PBIS as a practical technology that can be implemented at socially important scales by actual implementers, (d) the value of school-wide behavior support systems on the education of children with disabilities, and (e) a current need to extend PBIS practices to a broader range of students, schools, and contexts.

    The Center (a) provides the technical assistance to encourage large-scale implementation of PBIS; (b) provides the organizational models, demonstrations, dissemination, and evaluation tools needed to implement PBIS with greater depth and fidelity across an extended array of contexts; and (c) extends the lessons learned from PBIS implementation to the broader agenda of educational reform.


    • George Sugai, University of Connecticut
    • Robert Horner, University of Oregon
    • Tim Lewis, University of Missouri

    Project Officer

    • Renee Bradley, Office of Special Education Programs

    Implementation Partners

    • Bob Algozzine, University of North Carolina
    • Cindy Anderson, University of Oregon
    • Susan Barrett, Sheppard-Pratt Health System
    • Lucille Eber, Illinois PBIS Network
    • Glen Dunlap, Donald Kincaid, & Heather George, University of South Florida
    • Michael Nelson, University of Kentucky
    • Lori Newcomer, University of Missouri
    • Robert Putnam, The May Institute
    • Michele Rovins, Federal Resource Center
    • Wayne Sailor, Amy McCart, & Laura Riffel, University of Kansas
    • Brandi Simonsen, University of Connecticut

    Version May 24, 2009

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