The Importance Of School Budgeting For The Behavior Support Classroom

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In recent years, as schools serve a more diverse population, with an ever-changing and expanding group of students with special needs, schools have been forced to handle behavioral situations with students who bring to the classroom challenges that all educators must be prepared to handle. As a result, “new approaches are needed that attract all students to become engaged with their own learning and that of their peers” (Fullan, 2007, p. 179). Looking back, students with special needs often spent most of their day with special education teachers, trained to handle their individualized needs. In today’s schools, students with special needs, whether physical, mental, or behavioral are included in the majority of general education classes …show more content…
Students that are serviced through Special Education, allow the school to use funding from Title funds to support the Behavior Support Classroom. A look at the Killeen ISD information regarding student placement in a behavior support setting, reveals that, before a student is placed in such a setting, the documentation must be provided to discover if all SPED paperwork has been completed. This documentation will ensure that schools receive the funding necessary to provide the extra staff and resources necessary to meet the needs of a student in Behavior Support Classroom. “Although resources may seem scarce, time, personnel, and material resources are often made available by reallocating resources from reactive, inefficient, or ineffective practices” (Simonsen, Jeffrey-Persall, Sugai, & McCurdy, 2011, p. 222). “This reallocation of resources will allow successful implementation and promote the shift from reactive to proactive management” (Simonsen, Jeffrey-Persall, Sugai, & McCurdy, 2011, p. 222). Careful planning and examination of effective practices can offer schools the resources to fund the Behavior Support Classroom. In the Positive Behavior Support model, methods are used that do not require additional funding. In a recent post on the Region 4 Service Center webpage, texasbehaviorsupport.org, a post was featured about physical proximity, a method …show more content…
It is imperative that the entire campus develops a plan for implementing and teaching school-wide expectations. “The PTR (prevent-teach-reinforce) model was developed for implementation by school-based teams in the contexts of general or special education, and in any placements agreed to by the team” (Strain, Wilson, & Dunlap, 2011, p. 162). As the entire school develops a plan for expected behaviors, the classroom teachers and those involved in the behavior support classroom must be trained. “Staff members in inclusive general education environments need more comprehensive techniques for behavior management as their school populations change” (Morrissey, Bohanon, & Fenning, 2010, p. 27). Training the entire faculty, and offering specific training for the staff associated with the behavior support classroom, will ensure a higher level of success for the behavior support classroom. All teachers should have access to training that prepares them to meet the needs of students serviced by the behavior support classroom. Again, schools can turn to services such as the Texas Behavior Support website for training ideas, workshops, blogs, discussions, and ideas for implementation of school-wide behavior support

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