Educators from around south central Wisconsin traveled to Maranatha’s campus Oct. 17 when the College’s Teacher Education Department hosted the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Summit.
The guest speaker was Curt Mould, Assessment and Data Coordinator and Response to Intervention Coach for the Watertown School district.
Mould addressed behavior and discipline research and practical ways of incorporating those findings into meeting daily classroom discipline problems. The emphasis was on modeling and articulating expected behaviors and on demonstrating proper behavior alternatives for students rather than simply punishing inappropriate actions.
The teachers then broke up into four focus groups. Two facilitators in each group offered presentations on how PBIS principles were being applied in their school districts. The facilitators were Maranatha Teacher Education Department Associate Professor Dr. Scott Holley; Mould, Chris Weddig, and Erin Meyer from the Watertown School District; Charanne Elliott and Angie Cleary from the Hartford School District; and Melinda Kamrath and Marcia Modaff from the Dodgeland School District.
The focus groups discussed goals, objectives, and timetables for school districts to implement PBIS initiatives and how colleges like Maranatha can help support teachers attempting to incorporate those ideas into their classrooms.
The Teacher Education Department hosted two education summits in 2009-10. The summits were federally funded by a State Personal Development Grant for Institutions of Higher Education by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This is the second year of a two- year grant initiative.
The $5,000 first-year grant (Phase I) focused on Response to Intervention techniques for special needs students included in the regular classroom setting. The $10,000 second-year grant (Phase II) focused on response to Intervention techniques as applied to behavior issues in the classroom. Collaboration with K-12 schools on these topics and implementation of pre-service teacher training in Maranatha’s Teacher Education curriculum are major goals of these grant initiatives.