Grant aids students with disabilities.
The U.S. Office of Special Education Programs has announced a $1.6 million grant to the University of Oregon to lead a joint effort to continue the work of a technical assistance center aimed at helping address the needs of behavior-challenged students with disabilities.
The project, known as the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, helps schools provide a climate and effective interventions to support students with disabilities who have behavioral issues, especially those at risk for expulsion, suspension or alternative school placement.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, promote practices that help students with behavioral challenges by focusing first on their environment, rather than just the person. For instance, PBIS stresses schoolwide practices involving all staff and students that help develop an atmosphere where students with behavioral challenges can succeed.
The national center was launched in the 1990s to help schools develop PBIS programs. The grant will enable the UO to join with 10 other universities, state governments and service organizations to extend its work. This is the third grant to the center over the past 10 years. For information, visit pbis.org.