Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Genesee Joint Schools implements School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program

Genesee Joint School District is implementing the School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention Support (SWPBIS) program during the 2011/12 school year.

Genesee Joint School District SWPBIS Team will be meeting on a monthly basis during the current school year to explore ways in which the staff can be proactive in meeting students’ individualized academic, behavioral and socio-emotional needs. The members of the team are as follows: Mrs. Wommack, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Bardwell, Mrs. Sperber, Mrs. Tilleman, Mr. Scripter, Mr. Morrow, Mrs. Scharnhorst, Mr. Bartosz, Mr. Caldwell and Mrs. Moore.

What is School-Wide PBIS?

SWPBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. SWPBIS is not a program or a curriculum, but a process that focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students.

What Does School-Wide PBIS Emphasize?

In general, SWPBIS emphasizes four integrated elements: (a) data for decision making, (b) measurable outcomes supported and evaluated by data, (c) practices with evidence that these outcomes are achievable, and (d) systems that efficiently and effective support implementation of these practices.

What Outcomes are Associated with Implementation of PBIS?

Schools that establish systems with the capacity to implement SWPBS with integrity and durability have teaching and learning environments that are
• Less reactive, aversive, dangerous, and exclusionary, and more engaging, responsive, preventive, and productive.

• Address classroom management and disciplinary issues.

• Improve supports for students whose behaviors require more specialized assistance (e.g., emotional and behavioral disorders, mental health), and most importantly, maximize academic engagement and achievement for all students which leads to increased instructional time.

• SWPBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all settings.

• Team based process for systemic problem solving, planning and evaluation.It is an approach to create a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.

Additional information about this program is available at: http://www.pbis.org/