I look forward to serving CSRA RESA districts to help improve school climate through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a proactive approach to addressing barriers to teaching and learning. It is a team-based approach to improving school climate that uses data to focus on areas of success and areas of need. School teams define the behavioral expectations for their school(s) by setting--classroom, lunchroom, restrooms, hallways, etc. Behavioral expectations are actively taught and acknowledged. Schools that have implemented PBIS report reduced discipline rates and increased learning opportunities in classrooms.
For districts implementing PBIS, I will be available to assist District PBIS Directors in their roles of supporting and coaching school teams, including the analysis of discipline and attendance data and program evaluation data. For districts considering PBIS implementation, I will be glad to assist with readiness and planning activities to increase awareness of PBIS and Positive School Climate.
The great thing about PBIS is that each school, or system, uses teams to design a system that is tailored to meet their needs. PBIS is not a one-size-fits-all program. It's all about using data to identify areas of needs, using teams to define expectations, consistently and clearly teaching expectations, positively acknowledging successes, evaluating results, and making adjustments, as needed. Improving school climate helps students, staff, parents, and ultimately the community!