Working to make a difference for children
who display challenging behavior


Behavior Interventions: Universal

"Among the most important advances in student discipline procedures over the past decade is recognition of the need for school-wide behavior support systems. Historically, discipline in schools has been driven by attention to specific children with problem behaviors. This continues to be an essential component of school policy. However, a major advance has occurred through recent efforts to define proactive, school-wide systems of support. The goals of school-wide systems are to define, teach and support appropriate behaviors in a way that establishes a culture of competence within schools. When a competent culture is established the students are more likely to support appropriate behavior and discourage inappropriate behavior by their peers. In competent cultures the teachers find themselves working with the majority of the students (70% to 80%), rather than continually trying to control the entire student body" (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support [PBIS]).

Safe and Civil School Series

The Safe and Civil School Series is a collection of practical materials designed to help schools improve the safety and civility of all their school settings. In so doing, a foundation is laid to enhance student engagement and learning. The goal of all the materials in the Series is to empower school personnel with techniques to help all students behave responsibly and respectfully. The materials are full of specific "how-to" information. Review Foundations, CHAMPs, and Discipline in the Secondary Classroom.

Classroom Management Tips from CHAMPs: A Proactive and Positive Approach to Classroom Management

As part of Safe and Civil Schools newsletter, a link to a classroom management tip is provided as a resource. View several tips from Randy Sprick's CHAMPs: A Positive and Positive Approach to Classroom Management.

PBIS World-Tier 1 Resources

PBIS World is a website containing links to hundreds of interventions, supports, resources, and data collection tools, all of which are organized into the tier 1 through 3 framework. It is designed to help guide users through the PBIS implementation process, starting with behavior identification and offering suggestions for interventions and data collection tools.

Intervention Central

Intervention Central offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth. The site was created by Jim Wright, a school psychologist from Syracuse, NY. Visit to check out newly posted academic and behavioral intervention strategies, download publications on effective teaching practices, and use tools that streamline classroom assessment and intervention.

Academic and Behavioral Response to Intervention: Primary Level Training Videos

The Academic and Behavioral Response to Intervention (ABRI) project has created a series of training video vignettes demonstrating each of these 10 Primary Level instructional strategies in a variety of K-12 classroom contexts in order to provide guidance to educators and administrators. These videos present the Primary Level strategies within Elementary School and Secondary School contexts; Reading, Math, and Behavior contexts; Group Instruction and Individual Instruction classroom contexts; and students contexts including General Education, Learning and Behavior Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Moderate and Severe Disabilities.

Preventing Your Rules from Falling Apart

Excerpts from Prof. Howard Seeman's book/video: Preventing Classroom Discipline Problems, 3rd Ed.:

Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline (KyCID)

The mission of the Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline is to train and support schools in the implementation of positive, proactive, and instructional strategies so students become self-disciplined, responsible, and productive members of the Commonwealth.

Acdemic and Behavioral Response to Intervention (ABRI)

ABRI (Academic and Behavioral Response to Intervention) is structured to provide state-wide access to support with the emphasis on creating an infrastructure toward sustainability and capacity building within schools and educational cooperatives.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) Web Site

The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices. In 1999, an Education Week article, "An Ounce of Prevention," was written with regard to the work of the Technical Assistance Center.

Safe and Responsive Schools

The Safe and Responsive Schools Project is a model demonstration and technical assistance project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, dedicated to enabling schools and school districts to develop a broader perspective on school safety and violence prevention, stressing comprehensive planning, prevention, and parent/community involvement.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and partners have two noted publication relating to school-wide intervention. The first, Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools, offers research-based practices designed to assist school communities identify these warning signs early and develop prevention, intervention and crisis response plans. The second, Safeguarding Our Children: An Action Guide, offers guidelines for school safety, emphasizes early intervention and prevention, and the importance of teamwork among educators, mental health professionals, parents, and students.

Regional Intervention Program (RIP)

The Regional Intervention Program has been serving families with young children since 1969. RIP is an internationally recognized parent implemented program in which parents learn to work directly with their own children. Experienced RIP parents provide training and support to newly enrolled families. The program is available to families in which there are concerns regarding a young child's behavior, and is coordinated by a professional resource staff person. Parents should feel free to contact the program to discuss their concerns. In 2000, an Education Week article, "Study Shows Early Intervention Can Avert Spec. Ed. Needs," was published regarding RIP's research.

The Kentucky Center for School Safety

The mission and scope of work for the Center for School Safety (CSS), as established in House Bill 330, demanded that a statewide collaborative effort be undertaken. The CSS is operated by a consortium of three state universities (Eastern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, and Murray State University), with the assistance of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA). This collaborative partnership brings together a Management Team that is a dynamic blend of experience and expertise in project management and the provision of training and technical assistance to education, human service and justice professionals, teacher preparation, applied research, electronic communication, and school and community needs assessment.

Social Skill Resources

Social Skill Resources have been located and organized in this section. Links to Sopris West, Thinking Publications, Boys Town, and Research Press Web sites are provided to make it easy for you to locate the social skills program of your choice.

Anger Resources

Resources that address student anger management have been organized in this section of the Behavior Home Page.

Bullying Resources

Resources that address bullying have been organized in this section of the Behavior Home Page.

Peer Mediation

Resources that address peer mediation have been organized in this section of the Behavior Home Page.

The First Days of School

"The First Days of School" is a classroom universal resource that many teachers find helpful. The book walks a teacher, either novice or veteran, through the most effective ways to begin a school year and continue to become an effective teacher.

The Child and Family WebGuide

The Child & Family WebGuide describes and evaluates web sites that contain research-based information about child development. These web sites have been selected from thousands of sites about children, based primarily on the quality of the information provided. The goal of the WebGuide is to give the public easy access to the best child development information on the Web.