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					                                                                                              Nancy S. Grasmick
                                                                                 State Superintendent of Schools

                           200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201   410-767-0100   410-333-6442 TTY/TDD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         Contact: Linda Bazerjian, 410-767-0488

           Teams Gather from 20 School Systems and 160 Schools
 to Learn about Program with Proven Track Record of Reducing Suspensions
                           and Office Referrals
  Spring forum provides school leaders with opportunity to hear from national expert George Sugai
               and other school leaders who are successfully implementing program

BALTIMORE (April 4, 2006)—On Thursday, April 6, 2006 about 350 school leaders representing 20
school systems and 160 schools will attend the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) and
Sheppard Pratt Health System’s 2006 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Spring
Forum at the Holiday Inn Select, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD. This pre-training session is
designed to introduce school teams to the school-wide PBIS model. Maryland’s program is used as a
model nationally and has shown positive results—decreased numbers of suspensions and office referrals
and a reduction in missed class time.

Dr. George Sugai, a professor and co-director of the University of Connecticut’s Center on Positive
Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and the leading expert on classroom and behavior
management, school-wide discipline, functional assessment-based behavior support planning, and
educating students with emotional and behavioral disorders, will provide participants with an overview
of the PBIS model from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. and again from 10:45 to Noon.

Break-out sessions for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and special/alternative
schools will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. At this time, schools that have met with success using the
PBIS model will share their experiences with the prospective school teams to help them decide whether
or not they want to pursue this model and attend the PBIS summer institute.

The following successful PBIS schools will be featured during breakout sessions:
    Elementary Schools (Rooms: Greenspring 1 and 2)
          o Laurel Woods Elementary, Howard County
          o Dundalk Elementary, Baltimore county
    Middle Schools (Room: Greenspring 5)
          o Matthew Henson Middle, Charles County
          o Springfield Middle, Washington County
    High Schools (Room: Greenspring 4)
          o Arundel High, Anne Arundel County
          o Lansdowne High, Baltimore County
    Special/Alternative Schools (Room: Greenspring 3)
          o Forbush School, Baltimore County
          o Annapolis Road Academy, Prince George’s County

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