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3 ways technology can support positive behavior in schools

By Karen Gifford
April 10th, 2015

How technology can help you apply Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in your schools

behavior-positiveAccording to the federal Education Department, more than 19,000 U.S. schools are using School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), an evidence-based framework to reduce disciplinary infractions, improve the school climate, and increase student achievement.

Similar to Response to Intervention (RTI), PBIS takes a three-tiered approach to instilling positive behavior in schools. Tier 1 focuses on interventions used on a school-wide basis for all students, such as actively teaching and reinforcing appropriate behaviors. Tier 2 applies more targeted approaches to students who need additional support, while the third tier is for students who have significant behavioral problems and may require an individual behavior plan and perhaps wraparound services.

In Arizona, I’ve helped create an event called the Behavior, Education, Technology Conference (BET-C), which explores how technology can help with PBIS. We just held the fourth annual BET-C in early March.

Based on the sessions from this year’s conference, here are three ways technology can support the implementation of PBIS in schools.

Better data use

PBIS relies on using data to identify the behavioral needs within a school, so you can focus your efforts and resources where they will have the greatest impact. This is one key area where technology can help significantly.

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