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Behavioral Supports & Interventions; SEL


Research consistently supports the strong correlation between student behavior and academic outcomes.    As a result, Volusia County Schools  is committed to providing positive behavior supports and opportunities for social emotional learning to all students to prevent problems before they arise and to create positive and welcoming school cultures.   Furthermore, proactively addressing behavior and mental health addresses Superintendent Russell’s  three Guiding Principles of dedication to increased student achievement,  commitment to finding solutions to problems, and mutual respect and positive relationships with all stakeholders.

“Building a culture for learning”  has been identified as a focus area that will empower the district to achieve the three guiding principles.  To address this focus, the district is moving forward with Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).  Resources to learn more about SEL are included below in the link to CASEL.   Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

In addition to SEL, the district is committed to the principles of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).  While not all schools in the district are currently identified as PBIS schools, the principles of this evidenced based framework can be adopted into school practices for the purpose of creating a positive school climate, enhancing academic outcomes, and decreasing discipline issues. More information on PBIS can be accessed via the link below.   In addition, please access information on the School to Prison Pipeline link below for compelling evidence as to how certain disciplinary practices, particularly out of school suspensions, can lead to negative outcomes for students.  You will also find a link below to evidenced-based alternatives to suspension.

Schools that embrace SEL and PBIS and implement with fidelity may still have a small percentage of students who struggle behaviorally or exhibit mental health concerns.  In order to address this need, Volusia County Schools is screening all elementary students for behavioral concerns through data collected through the report cards in the personal-social domains.  Data gleaned from this system will enable students to be provided with behavioral interventions linked to the problem areas identified by teachers.  More information about this screening process is available below under "Elementary Behavior Screening."  Secondary teachers will continue to identify students who may need behavioral and/or mental health interventions by referring these students to the school counselor.   

​​Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports
Collaborative For Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Elementary Behavior Screening
Behavior Interventions
Behavior Resource Map 
FASP Position Paper on School to Prison Pipeline
Alternatives to Suspension
Basic Behavior Strategies Interventions Guide
MTSS Behavior
Alternatives to Suspensions and Expulsions: A Teacher and Administrator Guide to School Discipline
Florida PBIS
Mind Yeti  (Alternative to suspension)
Culture for Learning- Menu of District Supported Behavioral Supports



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