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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

  • Tips and Tools for Talking with School Staff

    Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 — 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST
    Location: Crystal
    Parents of special education students will learn practical tips and interactive problem-solving strategies to build the skills necessary to communicate effectively with school staff and resolve differences.
  • The ABCs of the IEP: Making the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Work for Your Child

    Date: Monday, September 23, 2019 — 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST
    Location: Brainerd
    This workshop will help parents understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to benefit their child. We will use a PACER booklet to understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs. Parents will gain knowledge about how to participate effectively in the annual IEP meeting. Parents need to bring a copy of their child’s most current IEP, and their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report
  • The ABCs of the IEP: Making the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Work for Your Child

    Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 — 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST
    This workshop will help parents understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to benefit their child. Presenters will use the PACER booklet, “Guide for Minnesota Parent to the IEP”, to help participants understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child's needs. Parents need to bring a copy of their child's most current IEP.