ESU 5 PBIS Teams Attend and Present at International Conferences

Members from the Tri-County Public Schools team, led by Jessica Wood, were accepted to present a poster at the PBIS Leadership Forum in Chicago, Illinois this October. The PBIS Leadership Forum is an annual 2-day conference for school, district, regional, and state PBIS (Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions) leadership teams to learn about the latest research strategies from leaders in the field. The PBIS Leadership Forum is attended by teams from across the United States and other countries so being accepted to present is quite an honor.

Tri County PBIS Team Members
Left to Right: Mrs. Chapman, Mrs. Wood and Mr. Gronemeyer


The title of the poster presentation was “Success of PBIS with Trauma Students.”

It included a description of the PBIS strategies that were used with one first grade student who had experienced significant trauma. The student had frequent classroom removals and office visits but after the team implemented PBIS strategies, there was a significant reduction in these. The student also changed his personal view of himself through two different self-portraits–one where he was angry and one where he was happy. Multiple people stopped and asked questions about all of the strategies that were used to support this student.

Chapman and Wood explain the poster to an attendee
Mrs. Chapman and Mrs. Wood explain the poster to an attendee.


PBIS leadership teams at ESU 5 are able to attend the PBIS Leadership Forum as well as the International Conference on Positive Behavior Support because of federal funding through the ESU 5 School Climate Transformation Grant.

Last Spring, 27 individuals across 7 districts (Beatrice, Diller-Odell, Freeman, Meridian, Southern, Thayer and Tri-County) and ESU 5 participated in the International Conference on Positive Behavior Support in San Diego, California. The 5-year grant provides $1.1 million to build the capacity of current PBIS Leadership teams and expand additional adoption and implementation across the ESU 5 school districts. 

ESU 5 PBIS Team Members
Members of School Districts within ESU 5 who attended the conference. 


I am so grateful that the ESU had so many specialists to work with my son, because now I know what to do to help my child with autism. The speech pathologist and occupational therapist from the ESU have allowed him to gain more than I ever expected him to. I don’t know what I would have done without them.
The best part of working at ESU 5 is the people I work with!
ESU 5 Staff Member
ESU 5 is a wonderful place to work! My co-workers are helpful, friendly and supportive.
ESU 5 Staff Member