We Partner with Schools

Our Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) partners with teachers, administrators and schools throughout the Midwest to address the growing needs of students in their own classrooms. Through trainings and customized consultations and action plans, BIST helps schools decrease disruptive behavior, increase teaching time, provide relief for parents, and facilitate life-long changes in children. 

Our big moment has arrived — the BIST book is now available for online purchase! Cultivating Behavioral Change in K-12 Students: Team-based Intervention and Support Strategies provides compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based strategies to empower educators and parents with the resources and understanding they need to help young learners find success in the classroom. Order your copy today to begin your BIST journey!

The BIST Model

The BIST model is a philosophy of teaching and protecting students by providing both grace and accountability. It provides teachers with a problem-solving model, and includes specific interventions to teach students to manage their own behavior. The primary goal is to empower students by providing them with the skills necessary to be successful in the classroom.

Consulting Services

Since each situation and environment is different; our BIST Program tailors its embedded professional development to meet the specific needs of your school. This professional development can support individuals, teams, or the entire faculty. Our goal is to help administrators and teachers, so in turn they can help students with challenging behaviors.

The process begins with:

  • Assessment – A meeting with key people to obtain an in-depth understanding of your situation.
  • Initial in-service – A training session that gives your entire staff an understanding of the BIST philosophy and an introduction to our services.
  • Plan of action – A report of our recommendations designed to move your school through its challenges.

Cornerstones of Care’s BIST embedded professional development/consultation services consist of the following components:

  • Professional development for buildings and districts
  • Administrative collaboration and problem-solving
  • On-going staff support, problem-solving, modeling
  • Counselor and social worker support
  • Collaboration with individual teachers
  • Before- and after-school child-care programs
  • Class meetings

Course Offerings

In addition to embedded professional development/consultation services, BIST offers a variety of training courses for the novice teacher to the veteran teacher. In addition, our classes meet the needs of administrators, social workers, counselors and leadership teams. Graduate credit for BIST training is available through Baker University and Northwest Missouri State University. For course descriptions, visit and select 'Training Opportunities'.

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