Positive Behavior Intervention Support Handbook for Paraeducators
Challenging behaviors in the classroom can be taxing on everyone in the classroom. When behavioral needs are not met, academics can decline. Maintaining a safe and ready to learn environment requires meeting behavioral needs of all students, from minor behavior disruptions such as side talk and being out of seat to major disruptions such as yelling, refusal of work, and any unsafe behaviors. These challenging behaviors can happen in special and general education classrooms and the staff members who have a front row seat to these behaviors are paraeducators. Paraeducators are staples in the classroom, supporting students academically and behaviorally and they may often have limited resources to manage these behaviors. In order to provide paraeducators with more resources, the author aligned Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) and Win-Win Discipline (Kagan, Kyle, & Scott, 2004) in order to create a handbook for paraeducators focusing on how to best support students with challenging behaviors. The handbook provides an overview of PBIS, brief description of each Tier of the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), supports used in each Tier, and worksheets that paraeducators can use throughout the day. The author’s goal is to provide paraeducators with more support and resources in supporting students with challenging behaviors in the classroom and throughout their daily interactions.