California Cadre of BEST Trainers
About Building Effective Schools Together (BEST)
In the initial years of California’s State Improvement Grant (SIG), a federally funded program, the focus on improving student outcomes has been addressed, in part, through a positive behavior supports program developed and refined by researchers and practitioners at the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior (IVDB) at the University of Oregon College of Education. This program, Building Effective Schools Together (BEST), is a whole-school, standardized curriculum based on principles developed by the National Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (an research center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs) at the University of Oregon. To date, over 450 sites and 5,000 people have been trained in PBS through the BEST program.
The California Cadre of BEST Trainers
In 2002, California was awarded additional SIG dollars to expand the efforts of the state’s first SIG grant in the area of positive behavioral supports. The goal of the supplemental dollars supported the development of a cadre of 45 trainers by preparing and supporting them to deliver BEST trainings. In addition, for each school site trained in BEST, cadre trainers provide follow-up coaching and assisted each site as they implement their BEST programs. Cadre trainers also work with sites to ensure that timely and accurate evaluation data was reported in an effort to track program effectiveness and impact over time. In June of 2008, with the ending of the State Improvement Grant, the funding for the BEST Program ended for most of our subscontractors. However, the California Cadre of Trainers can still ne accessed if a Local Education Agency would like to deliver BEST Training at their sites. Please contact Lorie Fennell at email@example.com, or 707-843-1199 for information regarding trainers in your area. Funding for BEST trainers can also be accessed through CalSTAT Technical Assistance Funds.
Forms, Surveys, and Instruments
All questions and communications related to BEST subcontractors should be addressed to CalSTAT Project Assistant Director Lorie Fennell at 707-843-1199, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 03/12/2012