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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 their 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

Kristin Kendall
Phone: 414-438-3464

John Schendel
Phone: 414-438-3605

Kara Takiguchi
Phone: 414-438-3591

Jessie Vance
Phone: 414-438-3579


Kris Imobersteg
Phone: 414-393-3050

Director of Special Education

Amy Kowalski

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