Disruptions. Aggression. Refusal. Verbal acting out, physical acting out, fights, office referrals, suspensions—you name it, you’ve dealt with it.
How do you handle kids who act out?
You know from experience that a gut-instinct response is not a response that often works. Respond on primal instinct and the situation generally gets worse. Tempers flare. Kids escalate. Chaos fuels the fire.
But with a proactive approach, you can navigate difficult situations with a lot more ease. Often, you and your colleagues can even prevent student behaviours from spinning out of control in the first place.
Just as teaching is a skill, school crisis prevention and intervention is a skill.
Managing challenging behaviour in children and teens is a skill. The key to that? Giving staff the behaviour management skills they wish they had before they entered the education field. The skills they can learn now. The skills that work for preventing, managing, and debriefing challenging behaviours.
“CPI gives staff the tools to approach things in a different way other than just hanging on for dear life.” — Steve Canady, Safe Schools Coordinator, North Little Rock High School
Educators across the country and around the world use CPI to build their prevention and de-escalation skills. From general ed teachers, special ed teachers, behaviour interventionists, and transportation staff to counsellors, security staff, support staff, and administrators—Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training helps all staff get a better handle on student behaviours.
The result? 95% of educators who use CPI report improving their de-escalation skills and overall school safety. With training, all staff have the skills to de-escalate and prevent. With training, all staff get a better understanding of why behaviours occur, when behaviours could occur, and which intervention to use and when.
“This training has provided me with a better understanding of classroom management and how to respond to different behaviors within the classroom. It’s made me a better teacher because I have constant awareness of what could occur, and have a plan in place when anything does occur.” — Michael Fox, Teacher, Dixon Elementary
Without prevention and intervention skills, staff can miss an opportunity to de-escalate.
With these skills, staff are better equipped to build relationships and reduce escalating behaviours. As a result, student outcomes improve. In fact, 74% of educators who use CPI report that grades, test scores, and graduation rates go up as a result of staff training.
“As we’ve begun to scale out CPI to all 10 of our buildings, we’ve seen a decrease in overall acting-out behavior and suspensions.” — Tanya Fredrich, Director of Special Education, Elmbrook Schools
Reduce challenging behaviours and physical assaults.
With CPI, 36% of educators reduce challenging behaviours by more than half. And in the U-46 district outside of Chicago, Certified Instructor John Heiderscheidt reports:
“In the first year of implementation, we reduced incidents of assault on staff by 90%. Our out-of-school suspensions have been reduced by 75% over 5 years." — John Heiderscheidt, Director of School Safety and Culture, U-46
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Reduce restraint use.
Do you think of CPI as restraint training? The truth is that CPI training is designed to help you reduce and even eliminate restraint use. Of course, sometimes there are last-resort situations where restraint is needed—only if a student presents an immediate threat of physical harm to self or others. But often, restraint can be prevented. In fact, 61% of surveyed educators report that CPI has helped their schools reduce restraint use by 50–99%. You can even go as far as the schools that eliminated restraint use entirely.
"We decreased the use of physical restraint and seclusion by 100% since implementing CPI training." — Nicole Unterholzner, Teacher, Wisconsin Public Schools
Comply with best practices and legal mandates.
With its person-centred focus, CPI training for teachers and other educators will help you integrate training with your positive behavioural interventions and supports (PBIS) and trauma-informed care initiatives. It will also help you comply with legal mandates that apply to your state or province, including restraint reduction standards and training requirements. See how: Alignments | Legislation
What about time and budget costs?
From lost learning time to liability and worker's comp, it costs districts more when staff don't have the prevention skills they need. But as much as you know the value of training, it's not easy to find time for training. It's not easy for students or staff when subs are necessary. And hiring replacement staff is not cheap. That's why we created our blended-learning platform, which combines online and classroom training. It allows you to train more staff in less time.
“I just absolutely love CPI's blended learning, and as an organization, we have been really blown away by it.” — Candace Burckhardt, Special Education Coordinator, Indigo Education
“The blended-learning option saves costs associated with hiring substitute teachers. It adds up, especially if the district is training a good number of staff. The savings multiply!” — Ann Adams, Coordinator, Erie 1 BOCES
Tailor your trainings to staff's realities.
No matter what you’re dealing with, we offer you more solutions than any other training provider. With CPI, you can explore how universal interventions relate to students who have autism and trauma. You can also dive deeper into topics like PBIS, intervening alone, working with parents, and much more. We also have resources for training school bus drivers, parents, and guardians.
“Our teachers need this training to serve students appropriately.” — Renee Tamarelli, Behavioral Interventionist, Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public Schools
What’s the ROI on CPI?
88% of schools report achieving ROI with CPI by improving staff skills and confidence. These game-changing results create a powerful bottom line. Whether you need to comply with legislative mandates, reduce injuries, turnover, liability, worker comp claims, or all of the above, CPI will save you money. And most importantly, it will show kids and staff how much you value their safety.