The PBIS Process

1. Establish Commitment and Maintain Team

  • Establish PBIS Leadership Team with strong administrative support and school-wide representation on team.  Team attends all training - 3 to 5 year commitment.
  • Get school-wide agreement and support.  You need at least 80% staff buy in to be successful.

Where We Are:
Sunshine Turner and Heather Hall are our internal and external co-coaches for PBIS.  Several faculty members have attended PBIS training and are involved in our School Wide Climate Committee. We are beginning our fourth year of training. The administration and staff at Plattsburgh High School has been very supportive in the implementation of PBIS and they are open to learning new techniques brought back by their PBIS coaches.

2. Establish An On-Going System Of Reward

  • Acknowledge expected behavior and use tangible rewards and acknowledgements (gotchas, coupons, etc.) and social recognition (i.e. bulletin boards, name over intercom, name in newsletter). 

Where We Are:
Plattsburgh High School currently has several ways for students to receive positive recognition.  There are different types of “Gotchas” in their classrooms, special area classes and hallways for exhibiting responsible, respectful, and safe behaviors.  Students are earning gold and platinum cards which allow them exclusive benefits around the school.  Students who are holders of the gold and platinum cards have already enjoyed an ice cream social provided by Stewart's!

3. Establish A System For Responding To Behavioral Challenges

  • Develop an agreement about which behaviors are handled in the classroom and which result in an Office Referral.
  • Use verbal redirections, teacher consequence, and/or office referral
  • Use pre-correction and restatement of expected behaviors (proactive stance)

Where We Are:
Teachers administer consequences for classroom infractions and then re-teach the behavior in question.  For more intense or chronic behaviors, office referrals are completed and the principal becomes involved in determining consequences and reteaching behavior.  Staff members consistently take a proactive stance by pre-correction (i.e. Now remember, when you walk down the hall…..) and periodically reteaching behaviors through booster activities.

4.  Establish A Data System To Monitor Progress & Aid In Decision Making

  • Develop an agreement about which behaviors are handled in the classroom and which result in an Office Referral.
  • Use verbal redirections, teacher consequence, and/or office referral
  • Use pre-correction and restatement of expected behaviors (proactive stance)

Where We Are:
Teachers administer consequences for classroom infractions and then re-teach the behavior in question.  For more intense or chronic behaviors, office referrals are completed and the principal becomes involved in determining consequences and reteaching behavior.  Staff members consistently take a proactive stance by pre-correction (i.e. Now remember, when you walk down the hall…..) and periodically reteaching behaviors through booster activities.

5.  Encourage Family Involvement

Building a strong, caring partnership takes time and effort. Many families want to help their child succeed but don’t know how to approach the schools. School staff are often hesitant to ask for a parents help.  Families/Parents/Caregivers are important parts in creating a successful program. Caregivers' involvement is essential for the child’s success.

Family involvement can be as simple as learning the schools expectations and reminding your children about them each day and showing them how it applies to your family and community. It can mean making sure your children are safe, loved and fed each morning before going to school. It can mean finding assistance in helping your child finish and understand their homework. Or it can be volunteering in some capacity at your child’s school. Family involvement need not be complicated. Parents know their children better than anyone, PBIS uses that to the children’s benefit.

Where We Are:
We continue to have a Parent Representative on the School Wide Climate Committee.  Now that we feel more comfortable with the PBIS initiative, we are trying to share our knowledge of PBIS with parents and invite them to become more involved with our school.  We are sending home folders to each parent explaining PBIS and providing them with the School-Wide Behavioral Expectations, and some ‘Want Ads’ asking for parent volunteers for particular tasks at school (i.e. putting up bulletin boards, reading partners, etc.)  We will keep an active PBIS web page on our PHS website to keep parents up-to-date with the latest PBIS happenings.