Behavioral and Academic Support

The latest research in education has decidedly pointed to the critical link between academic and behavioral success. Because the community of educators at International School of Portland believes so strongly in this link, we have developed a comprehensive system to support both behavior and academics. The key components of this system are research-based and are designed to promote success for our students, both in our school and the broader global community.

Supporting Student Behavior

Improving student behavioral outcomes is about ensuring all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented behavior systems and interventions possible. Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) provides an operational framework for achieving these outcomes. The PBIS framework provides the structure and tools for our educational community (teachers, staff, parents, and students) to promote behavioral and social success for all members.

Generally, PBIS emphasizes four integrated elements:

  1. data-based decision making,
  2. measurable outcomes supported and evaluated by data,
  3. practices with evidence these outcomes are achievable, and
  4. systems that efficiently and effectively support implementation of these practices.

Supporting Student Academic Success

Like with behavior, ensuring students are academically successful means that all students must have access to effective and accurately implemented instructional strategies and interventions. Using a Response to Intervention (RtI) framework, ISP has developed a Student Support Services program to address the individual academic needs of our students.

Because academics and behavior are so closely linked, our academic team (teachers and leadership) is involved in our comprehensive support system. Should you have any specific concerns about behavior or academics, please contact your child’s teacher or our Student Support Services Coordinator, TimiSue Abbott.