Special Education Chair Randall De Pry finalizes textbook on behavior

Randall L De PryIPBS_BookGSE Special Education Chair, Dr. Randall De Pry, is co-editor (with Drs. Fredda Brown and Jacki Anderson) of a new graduate-level textbook, Individual positive behavior supports: A standards-based guide to practices in school and community settings. The book is now available from Brookes Publishing (Baltimore, MD), and serves as a significant compilation of evidence-based practices in positive behavior supports (PBS). The text outlines best practices based on research on behavior strategies conducted over the last three decades.

“The depth and breadth of this text are simply extraordinary!” said reviewer Dr. Tim Knoster, a professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. “This resource will be of great value to anyone interested in promoting the application of positive behavior supports across home, school, and community settings.”

Individual positive behavior supports covers a wide range of topics, settings, and strategies for supporting individuals and their families. The book is organized around six major themes: (a) foundations of positive behavior supports, (b) basic principles of behavior, (c) comprehensive function-based and person-centered assessments, (d) function-driven interventions, (e) comprehensive multi-element positive behavior support plans, and (f) future directions. The foreword was written by Rutherford (Rud) Turnbull, JD and Dr. Ann Turnbull, distinguished professors from the University of Kansas and pioneers of the PBS approach. The book also aligns with the Association for Positive Behavior Support’s (APBS) Standards for Individual Practice. Chapter content is linked to the APBS standards, so that students can see the connection between the current research and professional practice.

More than 65 scholars in the fields of psychology, education, and special education wrote chapters in the book, including five GSE faculty members: Drs. Randall De Pry, Julie Esparza Brown, Chris Borgmeier, Sheldon Loman, and Amanda Sanford, who all teach in the Department of Special Education.

The Department of Special Education provides coursework and programs in PBS, including behavior management courses that align with the guidelines of School-Wide Positive Behavior Instructional Support (SW-PBIS), and a new, fully online PBIS/Response to Intervention (RTI) coaching certificate of completion program—Coaching for Multi-Tier Systems of Supports: SW-PBIS and RTI. It is specifically designed for coaches, specialists, administrators, and consultants working with school-wide systems.

For more information on School-Wide PBIS and RTI courses and certificates, contact Tracy Williams-Murphy, program manager, at twill2@pdx.edu.

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