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Student behavior improves, but system gets some resistance
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MONROE - Office discipline referrals are declining overall in the Monroe school district because of a "specific, sustained system" now in place, said Director of Pupil Services Joe Monroe. The system is Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), which the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction identifies as an approach meant to improve student behavior and "establish a positive school culture," among other goals. Implemented in Monroe in 2010, PBIS took the form of such strategies as setting common expectations, checking in with students daily to monitor their goals and performance, and starting counseling groups for students with a specific need, according to Monroe.