Streamlining Your First Year of PBIS Implementation: Let Us Handle the Details

Taking on the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (#PBIS) implementation challenge in your school’s first year is exciting! While it’s crucial to prioritize enhancing relationships between adults and students, the fact is that creating matrices, lesson plans, discipline flowcharts, recognition tickets, a PBIS handbook, and social media content are all big parts of the work.Continue reading “Streamlining Your First Year of PBIS Implementation: Let Us Handle the Details”

Effective leaders are outstanding coaches.

Because coaching is effective, positive, and respectful of team members, coaching should be one element of all leadership styles. When leaders emphasize coaching in their leadership practice, you’ll notice a greater emphasis on keeping feedback small, bite-sized, and actionable immediately. You’ll also see leaders visible and actively helping. Typically, leaders who use the coaching style will have time built into their day for walk-throughs and coaching conversations.

Two reasons not to worry about acronyms for your PBIS matrix.

Step one of PBIS is to establish a PBIS matrix. Sometimes, schools establish values for their PBIS matrix without considering what is essential to be a successful learner and a good human being. Instead, I’ve seen teams select values just because they fit an acronym that matches their school mascot. I love a branded PBIS matrix. My favorites have school colors, logos, and mascots all over them! Not my favorite—acronyms. Here are two reasons to avoid acronyms when creating a PBIS Matrix:

Unpacking PBIS: An exploded view of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support is more than tickets and stores. Read this comprehensive article to gain expertise at all levels of PBIS.

Save the date: PBIS Multi-Tiered System of Support Training, 19-23 June 2023 in Tucson, AZ

Essentially, you’ll leave knowing what PBIS looks like from the inside out. And, you won’t see any triangles or color-coded tiers. Best of all, you’ll leave equipped to support your students’ social, emotional, and academic success, no matter what role you have in your organization.

While this training is open to any caring professional interested in deepening their expertise in Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, those leading PBIS implementation will get the most out of our time together.

Tier 3 Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)

Tier 3 Positive Behavior Interventions and Support is social, emotional, and academic support designed and implemented as a team—youth included. The goal of Tier 3 PBIS is to increase a student’s social, emotional, and academic success by eliminating barriers to learning.

Use scripts to deescalate defiant behavior.

Supporting students who exhibit defiant behavior can be challenging for teachers and school leaders. Defiant behavior can range from non-compliance with classroom rules to outright verbal and physical aggression. One effective way to de-escalate this type of behavior is by using scripted responses. Scripted responses provide a consistent and predictable approach to responding to defiant behavior. 

Why “Off-the-shelf” solutions fail.

Once you’ve evaluated the “off-the-shelf” option, consider whether a DIY/DIT option might be the most cost-effective, long-term solution. Solving a problem once and for all is better than continuing to apply to wrong solutions year after year (and paying for them too).