Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Dawson HERO PBIS programEvery day is a great day to be a Dawson HERO! As part of our initiative to create a positive educational culture, the Dawson HERO PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) program strives to teach students essential values of being Helpful to others, striving for Educational excellence, showing Respect for all, and taking Ownership of their actions.

Students earn individual rewards for the number of HERO tickets they receive, as well as school-wide rewards when they work as a team. None of this is possible without the dedication of our staff to meet each child’s needs, our parents who send their children to school prepared and ready to learn, and our community who supports us through generous donations and volunteerism. We keep our focus on the positive by building upon each mistake, turning every frown into a smile, and being flexible to ensure every child reaches their full potential to become a lifelong learner!


When Dawson students struggle, we meet them at their level and have a systems approach that supports each and every one of them. Dawson Elementary supports students academically within a Response to Intervention (RtI) model. We focus on improving academic success by providing interventions for students.

Within the RtI model, there are three tiers of interventions:

  • Tier 1 (Core Instruction): General classroom curriculum and instruction that all students receive during the school day.
  • Tier 2 (Group Interventions): Daily intervention in small groups according to data from math and reading assessments (which are taken multiple times throughout the year), common formative assessment, assessments, and teacher input.
  • Tier 3 (Intensive Interventions): Daily smaller group or one to one instruction according to the specific need determined by math and reading assessments (which are taken multiple times throughout the year), common formative assessment data, assessments, and teacher input.

Furthermore, we have recently opened an RtI room where, at anytime of the day, students can be sent for further intervention and support on an essential standard or skill.