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St. Joseph, MO: District hiring more behavior interventionists; kids have emotional needs

Feb 1, 2020, St. Joseph (MO) News-Press: SJSD looking to add behavior, curriculum specialists The planned hiring of behavioral interventionists, curriculum advisers and campus supervisors for the St. Joseph School District is receiving enthusiastic response from board members. Superintendent Dr. Doug Van Zyl introduced the agenda item at a recent meeting. It would make these positions available for hire on Monday, and he believes they will have a significant impact on schools and staff…. Behavior interventionists will be dedicated to four middle schools along with campus supervisors. Curriculum advisers, meanwhile, will cover multiple schools in the district. “Some of our students struggle with behaviors and emotional needs,” Van Zyl said. “So to bring the opportunity for three additional behavioral interventionists will help support families, students and staff, because not everybody knows how to deal with a child that may have behavioral challenges or doesn’t like to be told, ‘no.’”… “If you’re teaching engaging lessons, students are more likely to be engaged and less likely to create mischief or create problems, but we also have students that it doesn’t matter what you teach, they have something that is creating that issue for them behaviorally, so we have to be able to help teach them skills, work with the staff members,” Van Zyl said. “Society has changed how students and adults interact, how social media plays into it. … But we’ve heard from our staff that they would like some more help and support, so that’s what we’re trying to do is to bring some more help and support to them and to our students.”


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