Building Effective Supports for Teaching (BEST) has provided training, coaching and technical assistance to supervisory unions and supervisory districts for several decades. The project provides support for educators to offer better support to students experiencing emotional or behavioral challenges. BEST provides support to schools based on a strategic plan and annual training calendar, with a goal to build statewide, regional and local capacity.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
One component of the BEST project is Vermont Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (VTPBIS), a statewide effort designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students. Schools in Vermont are engaged in using a formal system of positive behavioral supports in their schools.
BEST/Act 230 Grant Opportunities
The Agency of Education has designated the following as the priority area for SY19-20: enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to all students who require additional support. The AOE is supporting the priority area by providing grant funding for professional learning designed to improve implementation of the interconnected systems that comprise an effective multi-tiered system of support.
Act 230 Funds are intended for training of teachers, administrators, and other personnel in the provision of education services to children who require educational supports for academics and/or behavior in each tier of the multi-tiered system of supports.
BEST funds are intended for training and professional learning to support teachers, administrators, and other personnel in creating equitable, rigorous learning environments for students with emotional and behavioral needs.
Grant applications are CLOSED for the 2019-2020 school year.
Current BEST/Act 230 Memos and Guidance
Grant Applications Memo