Educators today are challenged by the ability to reach students who are struggling with behavior and at times in crisis. This tremendous challenge inspired the creation of the BIST (Behavior Intervention Support Team) model. BIST supports a caring community and a productive academic environment. BIST empowers schools to change students’ lives and behavioral skills by: home-page-300


  • Balance of grace and accountability
  • Powerful language to problem solve
  • Consistency in expectations

The BIST model utilizes four steps so educators have the ability to know when and how to intervene so students can stop acting out. These steps create a consistent, supervised, safe environment in order to teach and protect students. The fours steps are:

  • Early Intervention
  • Caring Confrontation
  • Protective Planning
  • Outlasting

Our team is committed to coaching and supporting schools with the BIST model so that schools can create positive change with and for students. Contact us so we can support you in moving your school forward in these challenging times in education.







Ozanam is part of Cornerstones of Care, a partnership of agencies providing therapeutic treatment services for children and families. Visit our Affiliations and Partners page to find out more.

Success in Lincoln


As a principal, I can’t imagine leading a school without BIST. I remember how it used to be: students coming to my office for a myriad of reasons just waiting for me to deliver an “appropriate” consequence. Now we have very few office referrals because teachers have an understanding of how to identify missing skills, to process and plan with students, and a school team to support their work. BIST promotes an environment that allows us to fulfill our fundamental purpose as educators: Teachers can teach and students can learn!

Cindy Schwaninger
Principal, Adams Elementary School
Lincoln Public Schools - Lincoln, Nebraska


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