An integrated, comprehensive approach to positive behavioral supports and interventions

How do you help students who “act out” or “shut down” due to academic frustration or whose social and emotional issues keep them from achieving success in school? Based on Project ACHIEVE, a nationally recognized model of school effectiveness and continuous improvement program, this book shows you how. Educators will find a pragmatic, easy-to-follow blueprint for Positive Behavior Support Systems (PBSS) implementation that integrates academics, instruction, and achievement with discipline, behavior management, and student self-management. Award-winning author Howard M. Knoff provides guidance on: Implementing a schoolwide discipline and safe schools program; Teaching students interpersonal, social problem solving, conflict prevention and resolution, and emotional coping skills; Guiding professional development, staff and student buy-in, and evaluation; Strengthening parent and community outreach and involvement

Included are classroom charts and posters, implementation steps and worksheets, and action plans and checklists. Case studies from more than 20 years of research and practice demonstrate how the book's strategies create positive climates, pro-social interactions, and effective management approaches from classroom to common school areas. The results? The students involved are more cooperative and academically engaged; have fewer disciplinary problems; are more socially successful; and earn higher grades and test scores.

Teasing, Taunting, Bullying, Harassment, Hazing, and Physical Aggression1
Teasing, taunting, bullying, harassment, hazing, and physical aggression

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed unless it is faced.

James Baldwin
PBSS Implementation Case Study: Baltimore City Schools, Baltimore, Maryland

On April 20, 1999, I was in Baltimore, Maryland, working with the Baltimore City Schools as part of a three-year, three-city federal dissemination grant awarded to Project ACHIEVE from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs in 1998. On that day, two high school seniors killed twelve students, one teacher, and themselves at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, setting off a wave of concern in every community that “anything can happen at any time and in any place.”

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