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The BEST Project

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.

Visit the Vermont PBIS website.

Read the Vermont PBIS 2022 Annual Report

2022-2023 VTPBIS Professional Development Calendar

2023-2024 BEST/Act 230 Grant Opportunities

Grant applications for BEST and Act 230 funds are open April 15, 2023, to June 30, 2023. Applicants need to login to their GMS account to apply.

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 SY23-24, SD/SUs may request $1,700.

Act 230 funds are intended for the 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 SY23-24, SD/SUs may request $6,000.

Grantees who receive an original BEST/Act 230 grant award will be able to apply for additional funds in Fall 2023.

Questions? Contact Laura Greenwood.

Current BEST/Act 230 Memos and Guidance

Sample Level of Evidence Statements Memo

BEST and Act 230 Fifty Percent Contribution Waiver Process