Motivation and Engagement Project

Project At-A-Glance

The need to motivate and engage students is a challenge that resonates with teachers. The Motivation and Engagement Project (MEP) is an initiative within the School Climate Transformation Grant* that aims to systematically address this challenge by exploring how motivation and engagement applied within a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework can benefit students' academic and behavioral performances. The MEP is not a stand-alone project, but is intended to be integrated within existing PBIS processes and incorporate the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) 5-step process. This project will be more extensively piloted in Ohio in the coming years. The goal is to develop and refine the model and thereby enhance student motivation and engagement and ultimately optimize student and school outcomes.

We seek school personnel who are interested in this area of study and who are interested in applying these resources in their buildings and classrooms. We deeply value and appreciate those who are willing to "try out" these resources and provide us with feedback, suggestions and new ideas.

* The Motivation and Engagement Project is a product of a U.S. Department of Education School Climate Transformation Grant, which is coordinated by the CSBMHP and the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children. Funds from the SCTG are being used to scale-up PBIS and this MEP in Ohio schools.

Project Assumptions

The purpose of this project is grounded in 8 assumptions:

  • Regular motivation supports increase progress in all areas (behavior, academic, social).
  • MEP bridges the gap between behavioral and academic intervention planning.
  • PBIS data, systems, and practices provide an efficient framework for the delivery of motivation and engagement.
  • A culture of motivation and engagement reduces the need for interventions at all tiers.
  • Students have different backgrounds and different understandings of motivation and engagement.
  • Students receiving tiered supports often have meaningful problems with motivation or engagement.
  • Staff also benefit from an organized approach to motivation and engagement.
  • Planned use of data helps schools plan more efficiently.

Contact Information

Project Co-Directors