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 behavioral intervention plan (BIP) that helps the team to understand the meaning and the cause of the behaviors and to create a plan for helping the student learn more positive behaviors. The BIP helps to teach alternate behaviors while reducing problem behaviors.
The Department of Specialized Services offers schools and teachers direct support for implementing BIPs 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.