Hundreds of teachers from local elementary schools are taking part in a three day training program on positive behavior support.
The training is sponsored by the Belmont County Student Service Elementary Counseling Grant.
As part of a national effort to help children have positive behavior, teachers from Bellaire, Bridgeport, Martins Ferry and Shadyside school districts will spend the next few days listening to presentations, brainstorming and coming up with a plan for the next academic year.
The positive behavior intervention addresses challenging behaviors within schools, such as bullying.
Dr. Eric Landers, an associate professor at Georgia Southern University, was the main speaker and spoke about how behaviors are changing and how it’s imperative for teachers to undergo this training.
“Well we lose more than 50 percent of our teachers within the first five years based on behavior,” Landers said. “Teachers just get frustrated and with the changing times and with behaviors changes with kids they need new methods in which to change these behaviors.”
Dr. Landers has given given hundreds of presentations and authored dozens of publications regarding bullying and teacher job satisfaction.
He’s also the creator of mybehaviorresources.com, which is a free online behavior resource for schools. The training will wrap up on Friday.