McDowell Institute - Classroom Practice

Classroom Practice by Teachers

Teachers today increasingly find themselves in school systems that are implementing what is referred to as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). In schools implementing PBIS (with fidelity) the application of this multi-tiered approach to prevention includes a process of translating these levels of interventions and supports in to daily practices within each classroom.

Teachers need support in translating the application of Positive Behavior Support in to their classrooms to enhance both academic achievement and social-emotional-behavioral wellness of their students. The McDowell Institute addresses this need by providing value-added learning experiences emphasizing trauma-informed practices within the context of educator preparatory programs at Bloomsburg University, collaborating institutions of higher education, and across PK-12 schools. The application of these approaches is, as well, being expanded to support student achievement and retention at the college level. Providing these value-added learning experiences associated with social-emotional-behavioral wellness is accomplished through a variety of partnership with kindred entities. A few of these state level entities include the Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network (PA-PBS), Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) supported through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) operated by Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services.