Behavior Learning Model (BLM) Overview

  • Behavioral Learning Model
    Positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS) is an effective approach to classroom management applied to the whole school and whole district, based on over 60 years of research. You know something about it, since you are already familiar with the 3Be’s: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible, our three district-wide rules. This is also familiar to you from our Pittsburg Learning Model (PLM).

    PBIS is a prevention model as opposed to a reactive, punishment-based model, whereby students are explicitly taught the behavior expectations needed for success in each school environment (classroom, hall, cafeteria, etc.). This is also thought of as universal prevention – we prevent behavior problems rather than wait for a problem to occur and then react. This helps us to work smarter, not harder!

    What does this mean for classroom teachers and school staff? If all school staff explicitly teach expected behaviors than fewer behavior problems will occur at school. Students will understand the expectations and possess the skills needed to excel, both because of this teaching and also because of the reinforcement (engagement) for doing so. When every single person on the staff engages students personally and warmly, students develop an affinity for school because of the academic success as well as the warm connections they have acquired from staff. The emotional bucket if you will, is filled.

    So, what are the next steps?:
    1. Continue explicit teaching of expected behaviors across all school settings (I do, we do, you do).
    2. Continue reinforcing your students consistently and randomly for doing what is expected. This also reduces the amount of attention students receive for misbehavior.
    3. Take a few minutes each week to model and practice one of the 3Be’s.
    4. Continue to create the warm, nurturing relationships with your students.
    5. Include these 3Be’s in your content-based instruction (e.g., “students, were the characters in this story behaving respectfully?”).
    6. Notice which students seem to be struggling in spite of your regular behavior teaching. Provide these students some UA type explicit reteaching of the 3Be’s one to three times per week.
    7. Note which of the 3 behaviors you are addressing and how for each of these students.
    8. Note progress for each.
    9. Those who are unresponsive to your additional UA teaching can be referred to a Tier-2 group at the site.
    10. Consistency in your approach is crucial. With fidelity to the approach, most behavioral issues will be prevented.
    11. This approach does not mean office referrals and suspension will not be used. It is simply intended to prevent behavioral challenges before they occur.
    12. You are not alone in this process. Dr. Tracy Catalde, Dr. Rejois Frazier-Myers, and the Coaches are available to support and assist you and your site.
    A visual of the model is below:
    PBIS Model
    Specifics of the Three-Tiered PBIS Model:

    • School-Wide Positive Behavior Support
    • Classroom & school-wide rules posted and taught to all students
    • Be Safe, Be Respectful, & Be Responsible
    • Behavior is taught explicitly; modeled and practiced
    • Behavioral errors are corrected through feedback
    • Correct behavior is reinforced
    • Daily routines and positive teacher-student relationships
    • Positive group and individual relationships fostered and modeled
    • Collaboration with parents
    • Formative Assessment & screening
    • Teacher collaboration & coaching
    • Engagement strategies


    • Behavior group intervention
    • Parent conference
    • Formative Assessment
    • Check-in/Check-out mentoring
    • Behavior support plan
    • Social skills group
    • Group counseling
    • Individual counseling
    • SST


    • SST
    • Parent conference
    • Formative Assessment
    • Mentor
    • Behavior support plan
    • Individual counseling
    • Group counseling
    • Intensive social skills

BLM Contact Us


    Tracy Catalde
    Coordinator of Social-Emotional Supports
    Office of Behavioral and Social-Emotional Learning

    Educational Services Division
    Pittsburg Unified School District
    2000 Railroad Avenue
    Pittsburg, CA 94565

    (925) 473-2436