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 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. For SY20-21 SD/SUs may request: $1,700.00
Act 230 funds are intended for training of teachers, administrators, and other personnel in the provision of education services to students who require educational supports for academics and/or social/emotional/behavioral. For SY20-21 SD/SUs may request: $5,500.00
Grant application submissions closed July 1, 2020. The AOE is currently not accepting new applications.
Grantees who receive an original BEST/Act 230 grant award will be able to apply for additional funds in Fall 2020.
Applications for 2021-2022 BEST/Act 230 grant funds are tentatively planned to be made available in April 2021.
Questions? Contact Laura Greenwood
Current BEST/Act 230 Memos and Guidance
Grant Applications Memo