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Back to School Transition: A Time for Reflection, Gratitude and Positive Planning Back to School Transition: A Time for Reflection, Gratitude and Positive Planning
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Jessica Dirsmith
It’s hard to believe that the time to begin to plan for the transition back to school is here. As summer days come to a close, it is important for parents and caregivers to reflect with their children on their joys, reflect on experiences they are grateful for and to plan ahead for a successful sc [Read More]
Back to School Transition: A time for reflection, gratitude and positive planning Back to School Transition: A time for reflection, gratitude and positive planning
9 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
It’s hard to believe that the time to begin to plan for the transition back to school is here. As summer days come to a close, it is important for parents and caregivers to reflect with their children on their joys, reflect on experiences they are grateful for and to plan ahead for a [Read More]
Positive Behavior Interventions Making Big Impact Positive Behavior Interventions Making Big Impact
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Jessica Dirsmith
Only 23 Pennsylvania schools were acknowledged at the highest level of implementation at Universal (Tier 1), Targeted (Tier 2) and Intensive (Tier 3) with fidelity. Of these, four schools were from Centre County. [Read More]
Positive behavior interventions making big impact in state Positive behavior interventions making big impact in state
16 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
HERSHEY — More than 1,800 people attended Pennsylvania’s Positive Behavior Support Implementers Forum, recently held in Hershey. The conference focused on themes such as using PBS to reduce bias in educational practices and the positive impact of PBS, including creating safer, [Read More]
Safer Schools Are Possible with Behavioral Intervention
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Safer Schools Are Possible with Behavioral Intervention
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Jessica Dirsmith
Similar to a public health model of disease prevention, intervention and treatment, best practices in educating children would indicate that all students should have ongoing behavioral instruction as part of a preventive framework. [Read More]
Reduce a Child's Stressors for a More Joyful Holiday
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Reduce a Child's Stressors for a More Joyful Holiday
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Jessica Dirsmith
The holiday season is a time to reflect on the joys of life and gather with family and friends, near and far. However, stressors such as traveling with children, as well as tight finances, limited time and family circumstances, can impact an otherwise joyous time of year. [Read More]
Healthy and budget friendly summer family fun Healthy and budget friendly summer family fun
66 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Summer is a time to enjoy your child and have fun! But this fun does not have to come at an exorbitant price. [Read More]
Practice What We Teach: Supporting Positive Behavior in Our Schools Practice What We Teach: Supporting Positive Behavior in Our Schools
70 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jessica Dirsmith, Sarah Rochette
The primary goal of our educational system is to help children develop academic, social and life skills. Many social and behavioral factors, such as lack of proactive behavior management, can stand in the way of reaching this goal. In fact, managing problematic behaviors can be one of the greatest c [Read More]
Practice what we teach: Supporting positive behavior in our schools Practice what we teach: Supporting positive behavior in our schools
71 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Charlie Brown attends a school in which students are instructed explicitly on pro-social skills. There is a behavioral curriculum in place, established, implemented and accepted by all educational staff and supported by parents. When behavioral problems do occur, his school has a system of support [Read More]
5 steps to creating a healthy village for children    5 steps to creating a healthy village for children
81 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
"It takes a village to raise a child” remains just as true today as it did many decades ago. And, it is important that the village is equipped with the tools needed to teach and model values and behaviors the villagers (home, school, community) deem to be important life skills and attributes. [Read More]
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