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Featured Training: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

A proactive strategy for defining, teaching and supporting student behavior resulting in academic and social gains and a positive school environment

Research shows that when a school environment is positive and predictable, students feel safer, have better academic performance, higher test results and make better behavior choices. Schools also show a gain in instructional time, reduction in out of school suspensions and discipline referrals and show a decrease in referrals to Special Education.

Is it a curriculum?

No. PBIS is not a curriculum, but a process of planning and problem solving that includes direct teaching of social behaviors like academics. The basic PBIS approach is to use proactive, research-based strategies to teach clearly defined behavioral expectations. Most importantly, it establishes ongoing behavior supports that can be used by ALL students, staff, volunteers, parents and community members.

Can parents be involved?

Yes! Research shows that parent involvement in a child’s school experience greatly increases their chances for academic success, positive behavior, higher self-esteem, better attendance and greater motivation. Parents are key sources of information about their child, are their child’s first teachers, and have strengths and interests that can contribute to the educational process. When schools and families work together to support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school, but also throughout life. (National PTA, n.a.; Newman L. 2005; Henderson and Berla, 1997).

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Upcoming Workshops & Events

  • Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program (IEP): Is your child’s IEP individualized and appropriate?

    Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Participants will learn how to use the information on their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses the child’s unique needs. Parents should bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and current IEP.
  • Parent Leadership Summit on Children’s Mental Health

    Date: Friday, August 25, 2017
    Time: All day event
    PACER’s Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project will hold a Parent Leadership Summit on Children’s Mental Health on Aug. 25. Participants will meet and network with other Minnesota parent leaders throughout the day, gain helpful information about Minnesota’s children’s mental health systems, learn strategies for working more effectively as a parent leader in your local area, on policy committees, or when speaking to policymakers, hear from members of PACER’s Youth Advisory Board on Mental Health, develop an individualized parent leader plan with assistance from PACER advocates, and receive useful materials and resources. Because space is limited, interested parents must apply. Application deadline is Monday, August 7th, 2017. To apply, click the “register for this workshop” link below. For additional information about this unique opportunity, email [email protected] or [email protected]
  • Challenging behaviors, Positive Supports and School Success

    Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Going back to school can be difficult for children and youth with challenging behaviors. New teachers, new classrooms and unknown expectations often increase nervousness and unwanted behaviors. This workshop will provide parents and others with information to help prepare for the new school year.
    Location: Stillwater
  • Challenging behaviors, Positive Supports and School Success

    Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Going back to school can be difficult for children and youth with challenging behaviors. New teachers, new classrooms and unknown expectations often increase nervousness and unwanted behaviors. This workshop will provide parents and others with information to help prepare for the new school year.
  • Challenging behaviors, Positive Supports and School Success

    Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Going back to school can be difficult for children and youth with challenging behaviors. New teachers, new classrooms and unknown expectations often increase nervousness and unwanted behaviors. This workshop will provide parents and others with information to help prepare for the new school year.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Finding and Funding Assistive Technology

    Date: Monday, September 18, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Participants will learn how to find and fund needed assistive technology. From AT in the IEP to low interest loans there are a variety of resources and strategies to help.

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