The Virginia Department of Education is committed to providing all students the best possible education, in collaboration with the Training and Technical Assistance Center at Old Dominion University, we have developed a series of modules that relate to 25 strategies of proven effectiveness.

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports of VirginiaPositive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) of Virginia is a Commonwealth of Virginia initiative to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. This web site is a collection of resources, tools, training opportunities and similar guides for educators and school administrators.


We work closely with public school teachers and administrators throughout Virginia to help them learn about and implement discipline approaches that reduce disruptive behavior in the classroom.


The program is based on extensive research and utilizes a preventative and proactive approach to discipline that reduces the amount of time spent dealing with office referrals, thereby increasing time spent teaching and learning. PBIS ultimately impacts the very culture of the school to shift attention to positive behavior and successful learning systems for children, teachers and administrators.

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Developing a Function-based Intervention

Federal legislation includes provisions that address student behavior problems that interfere with classroom instruction.  The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires schools to address “impeding” behavior through the use of functional behavioral assessment, behavioral intervention planning, and positive academic and behavioral supports.  The Act states what is required of teams that develop individualized education programs (IEPs) in addressing problem behaviors of children and youths.   For more information about function-based interventions, please click on one of the following links:


Developing a Function-based Intervention – Elementary Module

Developing a Function-based Intervention – Secondary Module