Readout of the Federal Commission on School Safety's Field Visit on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Readout of the Federal Commission on School Safety's Field Visit on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

May 31, 2018

The Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) held its first field visit on May 31, 2018 at Hebron-Harmon Elementary School (Anne Arundel County Public Schools) in Hanover, Maryland. The Department of Education facilitated the visit to learn about the implementation of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) across the school district.

Commission Chair Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos led the session. The Department of Justice was represented by Assistant Attorney General Beth Williams, the Department of Homeland Security was represented by Senior Official Christopher Krebs, and the Department of Health and Human Services was represented by Assistant Secretary Elinore McCance-Katz.

"Today, we're looking at concrete examples of a school taking a holistic approach to foster a safe and supportive culture," Secretary DeVos said in her opening remarks. The Commission field visit consisted of classroom visits, a program overview, three panels, and a student presentation:

Program Overview

  • Dr. George Sugai, Professor of Special Education at the University of Connecticut and co-director of the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Panel 1: District Overview of PBIS and Restorative Practices

  • Kathy Lane, Executive Director of Alternative Education for Anne Arundel County Public Schools
  • Dr. Virginia Dolan, Coordinator for Behavioral Supports and Interventions for Anne Arundel County Public Schools
  • Kathy Rockefeller, School Climate Specialist for Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Panel 2: Principal/Administrator Panel

  • Rebecca Blasingame-White, principal at Frank Hebron-Harman Elementary School
  • Paul DeRoo, principal at Wiley H. Bates Middle School
  • Jason Williams, principal at Northeast High School
  • Stacey Smith, principal at Old Mill High School

Panel 3: Educator Panel

  • Alicia Schnitzler, teacher at Frank Hebron-Harman Elementary School
  • Casey Hunt, assistant principal at Wiley H. Bates Middle School
  • Chessil Johnson, assistant principal at Northeast High School
  • Angela Bernholz, school psychologist at Old Mill High School PBIS Capstone Project Presentation
  • Briah Barksdale, Student at Glen Burnie High School