Leadership Team

The role of the Missouri Schoolwide PBS Leadership Team is to provide technical assistance, long-range planning and policy development for the state Positive Behavior Support initiative. The Leadership Team is responsible for the development and facilitation of an action plan to promote the following outcomes:

  • Cooperation across state/regional initiatives to work on improving State Performance Plan (SPP) indicators (including cooperative efforts aligning RTI and PBS across academic/behavioral goals)
  • Development and maintenance of website to improve access to information about SW-PBS for Missouri schools and districts.
  • Establish a network of highly trained PBS Consultants to provide technical assistance through the Regional Professional Development Centers.
  • A standardized data collection system and measures across demographic/academic/behavioral indicators to evaluate implementation efforts
  • A series of standardized training modules for administrators, teachers, support staff and school boards related to SW-PBS
  • Promote the adoption and implementation of evidence based behavior and academic instructional practices across schoolwide, classroom and individual student systems.
  • Reduce the use of reactive disciplinary measures in schools
  • Increase the capacity of schools to to prevent, eliminate and/or overcome the obstacles that may prevent an individual with disabilities from learning and full and active participation in the school environment.

The 2015-2016 MO SW-PBS Action Plan includes six primary goals:


  1. MO SW-PBS is the Social Behavioral, Three-Tiered Intervention utilized in the Statewide System of Support (SSOS)
  2. MO SW-PBS Consultants sustain capacity to provide professional development and technical assistance for social behavioral interventions across three tiers of support.
  3. MO SW-PBS provides standardized professional development and technical assistance for school teams and administrators
  4. MO SW-PBS utilizes a systematic process for data collection and evaluation of implementation fidelity and student outcomes
  5. MO SW-PBS implements systems for replication, sustainability, and improvement
  6. MO SW-PBS utilizes a communication plan targeted to stakeholders

Leadership Team Meeting Dates

All meetings will be held in 4 Small, Department of Elementary & Secondary Education @ 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

2014-2015 Meeting:

August 13, 2014

September 17, 2014

October 22, 2014

November 19, 2014

December 17, 2014

January 21, 2015

February 18, 2015

March 18, 2015

April 22, 2015

May 20, 2015


Dr. Timothy Lewis

Dr. Lewis has been involved in special education for more than 20 years. He has taught students with emotional and behavioral disorders at high schools, at elementary schools and in self-contained psychiatric settings. He is currently the associate dean of the special education department at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also directs the MU Center for School-wide Positive Behavior Support, the Center for Prevention of School Violence, and several federally funded training and research projects related to social behavior development among children and youth with disabilities and those at-risk. For more than 12 years, he has worked with school teams around the world in developing school-wide systems of behavioral support. His specialty areas include behavior disorders, developmental disabilities, applied behavior analysis, social skill instruction, positive behavior supports, and early intervention.

303 Townsend Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211


Dr. Nanci Johnson

Dr. Johnson is the Missouri state coordinator for SW-PBS. She coordinates the activities and training for the regional consultants, and works closely with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Missouri University Center for PBS to facilitate the growth and purposeful implementation of SW-PBS in Missouri. 

Dr. Johnson has provided training to districts and states in the U.S. and has participated in a number of research projects associated with PBS. She looks forward to working with all stakeholders in Missouri and with partners throughout the U.S. to further the implementation and sustainability of SW-PBS.

303 Townsend Hall
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211


Kimberly Luebbering 

Division of Special Education Effective Practices
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102