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Special Education - Behavior

All Milwaukee Public Schools participate in a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports system. This is a schoolwide, systematic, tiered-intervention approach to behaviors that effectively helps to reduce classroom disruptions and student suspensions. Students whose behavior continues to interfere with their learning or that of others after intensive behavioral interventions may qualify for special education services to address their individual needs.

Special education teachers work in conjunction with other school personnel in developing strategies and goals to address each student’s strengths and weaknesses in order to help the student make changes in his or her behavior. The IEP team may develop a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), which helps the team to understand the meaning of the behaviors and the cause of the behaviors, and creates a plan to help the student learn more positive behaviors. The BIP helps teach alternate behaviors while reducing  problem behaviors.

The Department of Specialized Services offers schools and teachers direct support for implementing Behavior Intervention Plans as well as developing schoolwide strategies for reducing negative behavior. If you have a concern about your child’s behavior, please contact the school psychologist at the school.


Program Support Teachers

Michelle Scott
Email: scottm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
Phone: 414-438-3464

Jessie Vance
Email: vanceja@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
Phone: 414-438-3579


Jennifer Guenthner
Email: guenthjr@milwaukee.k12.wi.us 
Phone: 414-438-3670

Director of Special Education

Amy Kowalski
Email: stanivat@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

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