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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The keyword strategy is based on linking new information to keywords that are already encoded to memory.  For example, a teacher might teach a new vocabulary word by first introducing a keyword that sounds similar to the word being taught and is easily captured in a picture or drawing.  The teacher then shares with students a picture to connect the word being learned to it’s definition.

For more information about implementing these positive academic supports, click on one of the following links:

Specialized Instruction to Promote Learning and Study Skills – Elementary Module

Specialized Instruction to Promote Learning and Study Skills – Secondary Module