This project with the Tucson Police Department has helped me reflect on three key aspects of effective learning: Keeping the learner at the center of the learning, aligning the work with our values, and accepting the transformation that happens when we help each other learn something new. I am grateful for this opportunity and I am optimistic that this dialogue can continue.
PBIS doesn’t need to disappear into the murky waters. In fact, not only can it transition, I argue that because of the benefit of offering a predictable and acknowledgement-rich environment, we can almost not afford to let it sink. I have come to realize that we have an ethical obligation to preserve any effort that calls upon our core values, because our core values anchor and shape the human experience. We need that. We need a more human experience, maybe now more than ever.
Organizing resources to support social, emotional, and academic achievement begins with our values, and we get to choose what we value.