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Slide show of Beach Elementary School’s implementation of Positive Behavior Supports through The WAVE


Florida’s Positive Behavior Support Project


“You’re so smart. Why don’t you just do it?” - Does the title sound familiar? How many times parents have we thought this about our child, and maybe even said this to our child? Probably more times than we care to admit! Think of the child who can state that he should hand in his homework but chronically fails to do so, or the child who goes to her room with every intention of getting dressed for school, only to still be in her pajamas 20 minutes later! This article will attempt to explain why “just doing it” is more complicated than it may seem and how we can help children learn to “do it.”

The WhyTry Program - The goal of the WhyTry Program is to help youth answer the question, "Why try in life?" (when they are frustrated, confused, or angry with life's pressures and challenges.) The WhyTry Program teaches youth that "yes", it is worth trying hard in life. It offers real solutions and presents these solutions in a way that the youth can both understand and remember. WhyTry emphasizes a character education program that consists of ten visual analogies (pictures) that relate to specific problems and special challenges that at risk youth face in their every day lives. Each picture includes various solutions and questions, to help the youth gain insight in dealing with their own challenges.


Incorporating Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Into the IEP (PDF) by Laura A. Riffel and Ann P. Turnbull, Beach Center on Disabilities (University of Kansas) and Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Support - This document includes information on advanced preparation, what to do/expect during the meeting (developing goals, determining placement, assessments, grading, etc.), and concluding the meeting.


The Classroom Behavior Report Card Resource Book - The Classroom Behavior Report Card Resource Book contains pre-formatted teacher and student behavior report cards, along with customized graphs, for common types of behavioral concerns in the classroom. It was designed to give teachers and other school professionals a convenient collection of forms for rating the behaviors of students in such areas of concern as physical aggression, inattention/hyperactivity, and verbal behaviors.


Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior - Recommendations from the Second Annual Policy Maker’s Summit held November 23, 2004. Read recommendations for strategies for overcoming the challenges to applying evidence-based practices presented by eligibility and diagnosis policies, finance policies, lack of collaboration, lack of effective services, and knowledge, skills and beliefs.


AR Building Strong Schools to Strengthen Student Outcomes - Arkansas State Improvement Grant (SIG): As part of its “Building Strong Schools to Strengthen Student Outcomes” project, the State of Arkansas has adopted the goal of “Developing Positive Behavioral Self-Management Supports: Students, Staff, and Systems.” Implemented through Project ACHIEVE, Arkansas’ Positive Behavioral Self-Management System involves student, staff, school, district, and community-wide programs that build and reinforce (a) students’ interpersonal, problem-solving, and conflict resolution resilience, strength, and capacity so that they can academically and behaviorally succeed; (b) schools’ positive, safe, supportive, and consistent climates and settings; and (c) collaborative partnerships from school to home to community.


Florida Boy Accused of Assault With Rubber Band - A 13-year-old student in Orange County, Fla., was suspended for 10 days and could be banned from school over an alleged assault with a rubber band, according to a WKMG Local 6 News report.


Brooke Schools Reward Students' Good Behavior - On the first day of school in August, incoming freshmen at Brooke County High School were shown their lockers and classrooms and then herded into a cafeteria for a rundown of the school's do's and don'ts, including behavior expectations.


Stop Discipline Problems that Stem from Fear of Academic Failure - Positive behavioral support can do more than prevent discipline problems. It can also help minimize students' resistance to academic instruction. Plus, it can be used without disrupting classroom routines. Read about this and other effective discipline and social skill techniques in the Sept./Oct. issue of TEC.


Book Release: Schools Where Everyone Belongs outlines research on effective bullying prevention interventions and presents specific practices and skills that help schools implement that research. Read the introduction and first chapter. You can order Schools Where Everyone Belongs through Research Press or any other bookstore (ISBN 0974784001). A CD with video demonstrations of techniques in the book is available. Email stan@stopbullyingnow.com for details.


Problem Behavior (PDF; 20 pages) - Learn to understand and manage your child’s most challenging behaviors.
Behavior Basics (PDF; 18 pages) - Gain a better understanding of your child’s behavior and learn how to steer him in the right direction.

Schools Experiment to Maintain Order - Based on the theory that positive behavior has to be mastered before reading and math, elementary schools focus on disruptive students.


Red & Green Choices - Find 19 Free Printable Charts to Help You Help Children Model Appropriate Behavior. Developed by an intervention resource room instructor working in an inclusionary model school, the "Red and Green Choices" positive behavioral development strategies, work for a wide age range. "Cindy T's Circle Time" is directed to younger students - a full color picture book for teachers to use during class time. "Niki's Next Grade" is a chapter-book story told by Niki who wants to make a "green next grade plan" with no help from adults this time! Powerful and motivating for adults and children!


Parent Resource Sharing

PBS-related Websites


(SWIS) School-Wide Information System


(PBIS) Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports


Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Positive Behavior Support (RRTC-PBS) 


Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS)


Articles & Other Information


The Association For Positive Behavior Support (APBS) - Learn about this new organization and about how YOU can become a member.

School-wide Information System (SWIS) Discussion and Issues of Privacy - click here.


Evidence-based Decision Making PowerPoint Presentation with Dr. George Sugai - click here.


Help with Behavioral Problems - The Center for Effective Collaboration & Practice (CECP) has published a series of short information briefs on research-based intervention practices and programs for children with behavioral problems. Written for use by families, these briefs translate research on effective intervention practices into a format that is easy to understand and useful for family members and practitioners. The briefs describe an intervention of interest, explaining its parts and explaining what research says about what does and what doesn’t work. In addition, they provide contact information for help on using the technique. See the list below for more information.


MI Program Targets Behavioral Ills - Approach helps kids discipline themselves.


The State Accountability for All Students project (SAAS) is a three year national research project designed to explore the inclusion and performance of students with disabilities in statewide assessment programs. States with a higher percentage of special education students spending more time in regular classrooms tend to have lower discipline rates. That's what data analysis from the federally funded State Accountability for All Students show. SAAS challenges districts to rethink placement for students with behavioral challenges, said project director John Herner. The finding has immense implications for educators, particularly if the connection between least restrictive environment and lower discipline rates can be demonstrated in large-scale studies, he said. "People believe a lot of kids with disabilities are disruptive in the general classroom and need to be someplace else," said Herner, a former Ohio special education director. "These data indicate that isn't necessarily the case."

NC North Carolina Stands up to School Bullies - School bullies across North Carolina could soon lose some of their swagger thanks to a tough new campus adversary: the State Board of Education. The board is likely to approve a new anti-harassment policy as soon as next week that would crack down on the kind of teasing and taunting that past generations accepted as just a part of growing up.


Book Recommendation: Responding to Problem Behaviors in School: The Behavior Education Program - click here.

MI Cut From Band, Boy Lashed Out, School Official Testifies - A Tale of Two Bands and One Mother's Response. The following article appeared in the Detroit Free Press. The response was posted to a parent listserv.


MI Problem Children Who Can Create Learning Difficulties Get Assistance - Oakland Schools' Early childhood response to young children with challenging behaviors: Project Challenge. Installing “kindergarten cops” in all kindergarten classrooms is not Donna Lackie’s idea of the best way to handle children who hit, scream, spit or generally act disruptive.

Florida PBS Project DRAFT "Facilitator’s Guide for Positive Behavior Support: School-wide Application" (PDF) - Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is the application of behavior analysis to achieve socially important behavior change. PBS was developed initially as an alternative to aversive interventions that were used with students with severe disabilities who engaged in extreme forms of self-injury and aggression (Durand & Carr, 1985; Meyer & Evans, 1989). PBS involves the assessment and reengineering of the environments in which people live, work, educate, and recreate such that they will experience reductions in their problem behaviors and increases in social, personal, and professional quality in their lives. For more information on Florida's PBS Project, visit http://www.fmhi.usf.edu/cfs/dares/flpbs/.


Focus on Results December 2003: Schools Link Assessment to Behavior Intervention (PDF; size=145k) - Data-Based Decision Making Makes School Wide Positive Behavior Support (PBS) More Effective.


From Barriers to Successful Collaboration: Public Schools and Child Welfare Working Together - Few mechanisms exist to support successful collaboration between public schools and child welfare agencies. One unfortunate consequence is that the children ostensibly being served by either system often end up receiving inadequate services from both systems. Focus groups were held with caseworkers, educators, and students to learn how the two systems can work more collaboratively. This article reports on the barriers and successful practices identified by the participants that affect the educational functioning of students living in foster care. The article concludes with the participants' recommendations for practices and policies to improve collaborative efforts between the two systems.


Intervention Central: find forms, classroom behavior report card resource book and other downloads. This website is supported by Dr. Jim Wright, a school psychologist in Syracuse, New York.


The Kentucky Department of Education and Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at University of Kentucky announce the Behavior Institute 2004: A three-day conference in June 2004.


Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan (BAAM) 2004 Convention
March 18-19, 2004 at the McKenny Student Union Building, Eastern Michigan University Campus; Keynote speech "What Descriptive Approaches to Behavioral Assessment Don't Tell Us About Behavioral Function" Brian Iwata (University of Florida). Assessment and Treatment of Severe Problem Behavior Brian Iwata (University of Florida); The functional analysis approach to assessment and treatment has been regarded as one of the most significant advances in behavior analysis in the past 20 years. Procedures derived from this method are considered the standard in the field in both research and clinical practice and have been mandated in federal law (IDEA). This workshop will describe the underlying assumptions of functional analysis methodology, summarize the most commonly used assessment procedures, and present an intervention model based on assessment results. A series of case studies will be used to illustrate the way in which assessment outcomes influence treatment selection. Emphasis will be placed on the translation of research findings into application, with ample use of case studies.

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