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ERIC Number: EJ903022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Hands Working Together for Behavioral and Academic Success
Sinnott, Cheri
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v10 n1 p23-26 Spr-Sum 2009
This article describes a program called "Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports" (PBIS), a nationwide effort to develop school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. The John Powers Center is the Illinois Service Resource Center (ISRC) demonstration site for this program in a setting for deaf and hard of hearing students. The ISRC is an Illinois State Board of Education Technical Assistance Project serving deaf and hard of hearing students' behavioral needs. PBIS provides behavioral support for students along a continuum following the same model used to provide intervention in academics. This continuum extends to all students, with increased support for students who need it. The program has a strong visual component, specific behavioral expectations, and an understanding that students are sometimes cut off from incidental learning and need to have positive behaviors taught, modeled, prompted, and reinforced. PBIS addresses student behavior from three perspectives: (1) development of a system-wide approach; (2) consistent practices; and (3) review of data. When systems, practices, and data are connected, opportunities for student success are enhanced. As school personnel focus on a positive approach, students respond in a positive way. When students succeed in demonstrating appropriate behavior, there is often a noticeable change in school climate. (Contains 1 resource.)
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois