Foundations Module C (Online Video)

Foundations Module C explains how and why to maintain at least 3:1 ratios of positive interactions and covers the importance of regular attendance and strategies for improving attendance. Strategies for meeting the basic human needs of all students are also discussed. Finally, the module outlines how to welcome and orient staff, students, and families who are new to the school in a way that connects them to the school community.

  • Presentation 1: Constructing and Maintaining a Positive Climate
  • Presentation 2: Guidelines for Success
  • Presentation 3: Ratios of Positive Interactions
  • Presentation 4: Improving Attendance
  • Presentation 5: School Connectedness—Meeting Basic Human Needs
  • Presentation 6: Programs and Strategies for Meeting Needs
  • Presentation 7: Making a Good First Impression—Welcoming New Staff, Students, and Families
  • Appendix A: Foundations Implementation Rubric and Summary
  • Appendix B: Module C Implementation Checklist
  • Appendix C: Guide to Module C Reproducible Forms and Samples

The module includes Online Video inservice presentations by Dr. Sprick and colleagues and 8 copies of the related study guide. A CD provides reproducible forms and examples from real-world Foundations implementations. (DVD versions also available)


2014 / Single module: Online Videos and 8 study guides
For Grades:
  • Randy Sprick
  • Jessica Sprick
  • Paula Rich
Area of Focus:



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


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


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). The online National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices was discontinued in January 2018, but a link to the Safe & Civil Schools NREPP listing can be found here.

  • Randy Sprick

    Randy Sprick has worked as a paraprofessional, teacher, and teacher trainer at the elementary and secondary levels. Author of a number of widely read books on behavior and classroom management, Randy is former director of Safe & Civil Schools, a consulting company that provides inservice programs throughout the country. Although Randy is largely retired, his Safe & Civil Schools colleagues continue the work of helping large and small school districts improve student behavior and motivation. Efficacy of that work is documented in peer-reviewed research, and Safe & Civil Schools materials are listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Randy was the recipient of the 2007 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Direct Instruction Hall of Fame, along with numerous other awards and honors.

  • Jessica Sprick

    Jessica Sprick is a consultant and presenter for Safe & Civil Schools and a writer for Ancora 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.

  • Paula Rich

    Paula Rich 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. More recently, she contributed original stories and poems to the Read Well curriculum for second-grade readers and edited several of Randy Sprick’s staff development and behavior management books and papers. She was instrumental in developing Connections, Ancora Publishing's online check-and-connect program.