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Foundations, A Proactive and Positive Behavior Support System

Foundations will walk your staff through the process of designing a proactive and positive schoolwide discipline plan. The Foundations process effectively addresses how to establish a positive school climate and culture, school safety, student motivation, and academic engagement.

The six modules in Foundations (3rd ed.) guide leadership teams from planning steps and inservice through implementation:

Module A: Foundations of Behavior Support—A Continuous Improvement Process

Module B: Managing Behavior in Common Areas and With Schoolwide Policies

Module C: Conscious Construction of an Inviting School Climate

Module D: Responding to Misbehavior—An Instructional Approach

Module E: Improving Safety, Managing Conflict, and Reducing Bullying

Module F: Establishing and Sustaining a Continuum of Behavior Support

Each Module Includes

  • Video inservice presentations and vignettes provided as your choice of DVDs or streaming video (streaming video supported on Chrome, Edge, and Internet Explorer browsers only)
  • 8 copies of the leadership team guide
  • PowerPoint presentations to enhance staff training
  • Real-life samples from schools
  • Lesson plans to teach expected behavior
  • Reproducible forms

You can also purchase each module separately.


Districts and schools that have implemented Foundations report:

  • Reductions in disciplinary referrals, suspensions, and expulsions
  • Increases in staff coordination, consistency,and collegiality
  • Improvements in school climate
  • Increases in positive interactions between staff and students
  • Improvements in staff skill in effective supervision and Positive Behavior Supports
  • Application of data-based decision making to behavior and discipline policies

New in this third edition:

  • Reducing out-of-school suspensions
  • Improving attendance
  • Preventing bullying
  • And more . . .

Research Validated

See Ward, B., & Gersten, R. (2013). A randomized evaluation of the Safe & Civil Schools model for positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) at elementary schools in a large urban school district. School Psychology Review, 42(3), 317–333. 

Foundations is listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).


For Grades:
Publication Date:
6-Module Set:
  Modules A-F
Product ID:
  DVDs: 068-9D
Streaming video: 068-9V
  Each Foundations set is designed and packaged for use by a single school.
  Randy Sprick, Susan Isaacs, Mike Booher, Jessica Sprick, and Paula Rich
Price: $1,495.00
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CASE Endorsement

This resource is endorsed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education. It supports all students, including students with special needs.

Randy Sprick, Ph.D.

Dr. Randy Sprick


Randy Sprick is an educational consultant and trainer in Eugene, Oregon. Each year, he presents practical and entertaining workshops to over 30,000 teachers and administrators throughout the United States and Canada.

Much of his work involves helping teachers, principals, and other staff set up schools and classrooms that encourage student responsibility and motivation, while humanely and effectively helping misbehaving students learn to behave in more responsible ways.

As the primary author for the Safe & Civil Schools series, Randy has produced numerous articles, books, audiotapes, and videotapes that assist school personnel in dealing with the issues of discipline and classroom management. His most recent publications include Teacher's Encyclopedia of Behavior Management, 2nd ed. (2012) and Coaching Classroom Management, 2nd ed. (2010).

He is a past president of the Association for Direct Instruction. In 2007, the Council for Exceptional Children honored Randy with the J.E. Wallace Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work developing, advocating, and proliferating Positive Behavior Support in schools.

Randy is the director of Teaching Strategies, Inc. and the lead consultant for Safe & Civil Schools.

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Susan Isaacs, M.S.

Susan J. Isaacs


Susan Isaacs, M.S., was a teacher for more than 20 years in the Fayette County Public School District in Lexington, Kentucky. She also served as a behavior consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education and as a statewide trainer for the Kentucky Model Schools and Kentucky Instructional Discipline and Supports initiatives. She now works as a consultant for Safe & Civil Schools, providing training and technical assistance to schools in the implementation of Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports (PBIS) and classroom management.


Mike Booher, M.Ed.

Mike Booher


Mike Booher has worked as a school psychologist, lead school psychologist, and supervisor of psychological services for Guilford County Schools. He has developed school intervention and assistance teams, crisis intervention services, professional development activities for teachers and parents, and ADHD interventions. He also coordinated the Responsible Discipline Program (RDP), a schoolwide discipline and classroom management program based on Foundationsand CHAMPS.

For much of his career, Mike worked with school crisis and suicide intervention teams. He served as a co-trainer for the district's suicide intervention training and as a co-leader of one of the district's two crisis teams.

In addition, Mike has taught at several universities and served as a clinical instructor for the School Psychological Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Jessica Sprick, M.S.

Jessica Sprick


Jessica Sprick is a consultant and presenter for Safe & Civil Schools and a writer for Pacific Northwest Publishing. Ms. Sprick has been a special education teacher for students with behavioral needs and Dean of Students at the middle school level. Her practical experience working with special and general education students and staff, along with strong training in positive behavior support techniques, drives her passion to help school personnel develop and implement effective classroom management plans. She is coauthor, with Jake Alabiso and Kim Yore, of "Dramatically Improving Attendance" in the November 2015 issue of Educational Leadership.


Paula Rich


Paula Rich, B.Mus.Ed., M.Mus., has been a substitute teacher in public schools, was a freelance musician, and taught private music lessons for many years in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. Since joining Pacific Northwest Publishing in 2006, she has contributed original stories and poems to the Read Well curriculum for second-grade readers and has edited several of Randy Sprick’s staff development and behavior management books and papers. She was instrumental in developing Connections, Pacific Northwest Publishing's online check-and-connect program.

The focus of Foundations is a great way of looking at truly universal supports for all students. We’ve realized with our Foundations implementations that we can implement a structure that affects a larger range of students, and those top-tier problem students rarely reach a point where they need to be specifically targeted for individual intervention.

—District Psychologist


What happens with a Foundations implementation is hard to capture. It’s best felt by visiting a school before and after. In the schools that have implemented Foundations, it’s clear that an intentional culture works for both students and teachers. 

—Social Worker