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...........T3 is unique to Rock Hill, but employs much-used principals of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Palermo said.
PBIS is a proactive framework focused on positive behavior support and preventive school discipline, according to the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, established by the U.S. Department of Education.
The PBIS approach helps schools adopt evidence-based behavioral interventions designed to improve student behavior and support academic success.
“This is where you can praise or promote positive things the student is doing to build self esteem, create an intrinsic motivation to do better and ... allow a child to feel success,” Palermo said. “The T3 program’s consistent use of PBIS helps us prevent many behavioral issues before they even occur.”
A student who is successful in T3 will go back to their assigned school with a list of recommendations to fit their needs, Palermo said. If a child has problems later on, those recommendations are ways the issues can be resolved. The T3 staff also will continue to follow up with the students, Palermo said. He said they will help the student’s teacher learn how to work with the student and show the child what is expected.
Of 153 students served from January 2012 to December 2016, 87.5 percent returned to their assigned classrooms and showed significant improvement in their behavior, Palermo said.
“I feel blessed that Rock Hill schools has given us the opportunity to do this,” he said. “From what I know, it has had a significant impact on those students that we’ve worked with.”