Classroom Behavior Expert in Austin on Wednesday: Texas Educators Curbing Disruptive Behavior at School to Reduce Suspension Rates, Improve Learning

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Teachers breaking away from traditional disciplinary approach to improve classroom behavior from bullying to whining with positive interventions from Pearson’s Review360®.


As educators from across Texas converge in Austin this week, a classroom behavior expert will share how Texas teachers are curbing disruptive behavior at school with positive interventions from Review360® to reduce suspension rates and improve learning.

Whether it’s name-calling, whining or showing apathy in the classroom, student misbehavior stops the learning process and is a major source of teacher burnout. Educators in Texas, however, are turning to Review360® and breaking away from traditional, punitive approaches to student discipline that have been shown to drive up suspensions. Doug Maraffa from Pearson’s Review360® will make a presentation at the Association for Compensatory Educators of Texas (ACET) conference to show how schools using the proven Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) through Review360® are reducing student suspensions by up to 31 percent year over year. The presentation focused on schools’ move to meet new federal guidelines for the improvement of disciplinary practices and school climate will be held on Wednesday, May 7 from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel (9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759).

ACET is an association of school administrators and teachers who work across the state to support students who historically have a more difficult time in school due to language, economic and other barriers.

Maraffa’s presentation will show how teachers are using Review360® to help improve classroom management and student behavior, to develop and update individualized student behavioral plans, and as ongoing support when discipline issues arise. As a comprehensive Response-to-Intervention and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support system (commonly known to educators at RtI and PBIS), Review360’s online resources include information and video demonstrations of ways to address disruptive behavior –all accessible from teachers’ laptops, iPad, mobile phones, and other devices. From identifying and understanding the root cause of disruptive behaviors to rewarding positive behaviors, Maraffa will describe the intervention professional development and support for educators to help create a safe climate conducive to learning. He will delve into the six key elements of well-managed classrooms:

  •     Teaching Expectations for Behavior
  •     Developing Procedures and Routines
  •     Using Reinforcement and Acknowledgement
  •      Improving Student-Teacher Relationships and Interactions
  •     Structuring the Learning Environment
  •     Developing Effective Correction Procedures and Strategies

Review 360’s integrated behavior system automates the reporting of behavior incidents, which allows for immediate collection, analysis and reporting of valuable data by student, class, school and short or extended periods of time to help monitor progress and address areas of concern. Reports can be easily customized to show administrators incidents by time of day, student demographics, school location and much more. An extensive portfolio of downloadable and customizable communications resources such as letters to parents, achievement certificates, and student behavior contracts also is available.

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