Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

PENTThe Positive Environments, Network of Trainers (PENT) is a California Positive Behavior Initiative designed to provide information and resources for educators striving to achieve high educational outcomes through the use of proactive positive strategies. Evidence-based positive practices and helpful information is disseminated statewide through this website.

PENT was co-founded by Diana Browning Wright and Deborah Holt, in a joint effort between the Diagnostic Center, Southern California (DCSC) and the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).

The PENT website also contains a link to the BIP Desk Reference Manual. The BIP Desk Reference Manual is a comprehensive resource and training manual for developing behavior intervention plans and structuring school environments to prevent behavior problems. The manual outlines all the “Big Ideas” in behavior and how to write and evaluate a comprehensive behavior plan.

Monterey County SELPA advises that individuals participating in conducting Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and/or writing Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) should consider using this reference. The Functional Behavior Assessment Report form and Behavior Intervention Plan form are also available within SIRAS.

PENT’s Guide to Behavior Terminology is a great quick reference to help teachers and parents understand definitions associated with basic behavior terminology. The guide also provides references to federal law, state education code, and best practices as well as tips for determining when each is required.

Click here for the Guide to Behavior Terminology


Additional Resources:

Three Approaches for Altering Behavior: Socially Mediated vs. Emotionally Driven Behavior By: Diana Browning Wright

Websites to Search for Evidence-Based Interventions - Mental Health, Social Emotional Development, and Behavior

Useful PENT Forms 



Kenyon Hopkins, M.S.

SELPA Executive Director
Phone: 831.755.0342

Irenea Herrera

SELPA Administrative Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0342

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