P.O. BOX 2120




October 3, 2008



Division Superintendents



Patricia I. Wright

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention 3-Part Series


The Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, will offer a three-part training series on how to conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and develop a positive Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). The content for the three-part workshop series includes:


        Critical Issues in Disciplinary Practices for Students with Disabilities

        Conducting Functional Behavioral Assessment and Developing Effective Behavioral Intervention Plans

        Evidence-Based Practices for Students with Challenging Behavior Problems


Functional Behavioral Assessment is a proven, effective approach to identifying the reason(s) for a student's misbehavior, eliminating the problem behaviors that impede successful teaching and learning, and developing a corrective plan that emphasizes more appropriate and acceptable behavior.


Functional Behavioral Assessment is a team problem-solving process. Accordingly, the Virginia Department of Education is inviting school-based teams, (3-5 people), typically comprised of general educators, special educators, specialists and other support personnel, as well as a parent representative, to be trained together in the FBA/BIP process. The Department of Education, in collaboration with the Training and Technical Assistance Centers (T/TACs) of Virginia, will provide comprehensive training in all phases of the FBA/BIP process and be available to give technical support and assistance to participating teams.


Those who register must attend all three days; the three days are interdependent. This three-part training series will not be repeated during the 2008-2009 school year. The FBA/BIP team trainings have been arranged as follows:

Regions 1/8:

Thursday, November 13, 2008; Thursday, December 11, 2008; and Thursday, January 15, 2009 (Snow Date: January 21, 2009)

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2008

John Tyler Community College

13101 Jefferson Davis Highway

Nicholas Student Center

Chester, VA 23831


Regions 2/3:

Thursday, November 20, 2008; Thursday, December 18, 2008; and Friday, January 16, 2009 (Snow Date: TBD)

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2008

Omni Newport News Hotel

1000 Omni Blvd.

Hampton, VA 23669


Region 4:

Friday, November 14, 2008; Friday, December 12, 2008; and Wednesday, January 28, 2009 (Snow Date: February 3, 2009)

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2008

George Mason University's Prince William Campus

Verizon Auditorium

10900 University Blvd.

Manassas, VA 20110


Region 5:

Friday, November 7, 2008; Friday, December 5, 2008; and Friday, January 23, 2009 (Snow Date: January 30, 2009)

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2008

James River Conference Center

400 Court Street

Lynchburg, VA 24504


Regions 6/7:

Thursday, November 6, 2008; Thursday, December 4, 2008; and Thursday, January 22, 2009 (Snow Date: January 29, 2009)

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2008

Radford University West Campus

6226 University Park Drive

Radford, VA 24141


Please register online by accessing the Effective Schoolwide Discipline website at Upon registration, you and your team members will receive a confirmation email from the ESD online automated registration program.


For further information, please contact Irene Walker-Bolton,, educational specialist, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, at (804) 225-2709.