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1 Vermont Positive Behavior Support Services
A Framework for Improving Learning and Behavior

2 What is PBS? Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a proven, systems-focused approach that: decreases problem behaviors among students, increases on-task engagement, and raises levels of satisfaction with school climate for students, teachers, and parents. “PBS enhances the capacity of schools, districts, and states to adopt and sustain effective behavior and academic support practices.” – May Institute, Partner to the National Technical Assistance Center on PBIS

3 Positive Behavior Support Primary Outcomes
Improvement in the school behavioral climate: Decrease in office referrals suspensions, detentions disruptive classroom behavior Increase in academic performance on-task behavior parent, student and staff satisfaction staff retention

4 Positive Behavior Supports Continuum
Intensive individual interventions Targeted small group, short term individual interventions Universal Application

5 Public Health & Disease Prevention Kutash et al., 2006; Larson, 1994
Tertiary (FEW) Reduce complications, intensity, severity of current cases Secondary (SOME) Reduce current cases of problem behavior Primary (ALL) Reduce new cases of problem behavior 20 5

6 How Wide-spread is PBS? PBS has been in existence for nearly 20 years
Currently over 42 states are engaged in a State-Wide effort for implementing PBS Over 7000 schools have implemented PBS with fidelity The U.S. Department of Education sponsors national PBS centers in Oregon and Connecticut, the May Institute is a National Center Partner Statewide Behavior Initiatives, National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc., inForum, February 2007

7 How does it work? As part of a multi-year commitment, School Leadership Teams focus their efforts on improving 3 primary areas - School-wide procedures for discipline and student support Targeted interventions designed to prevent further escalation of problems Individualized behavior support planning

8 Supporting Social Competence &
Academic Achievement 4 PBS Elements OUTCOMES Supporting Decision Making Supporting Staff Behavior SYSTEMS DATA PRACTICES Supporting Student Behavior

9 What should I expect to see/hear in a PBS school (Universal level)?
SW-PBS (universal) >80% of students can tell you the school-wide expectations and can say that they have been rewarded for following them. >80% of staff can tell you the school-wide expectations and can say they have acknowledged students for following them. School staff have taught the school-wide expectations to all students. Positive adult-to-student interactions exceed negative School staff agree on which behaviors involve a referral to the office. The school has a leadership team that is representative of school staff and includes an administrator Function based behavior support is foundation for addressing problem behavior. Data- & team-based action planning & implementation are operating. Administrators are active participants. Full continuum of behavior support is available to all students

10 Teaching Behavioral Expectations: An Instructional Approach
DEFINE expectations for behavior TEACH the expected behavior REVIEW expectations regularly MONITOR performance of expected behaviors RECOGNIZE individuals when expected behaviors are demonstrated CORRECT individuals when expected behaviors are not demonstrated 27

11 PBS - What’s in it for me? School will have common purpose and approaches to discipline - expectations, rewards, and procedures for disruptive behaviors Access to team and data-based decision-making Increase in awareness of school-wide expectations of students and staff Increase in time of quality instruction Improved teacher satisfaction

12 PBS - What’s expected of me?
Support the 3-5 school-wide behavioral expectations Participate in school roll-out activities Apply and teach school-wide expectations in classrooms Reward students for following expectations according to reward system (developed by PBS school leadership team) Use consistent approaches for addressing disruptive behaviors Review data to direct approaches around behavior change

13 Questions and Answers

14 Where to Learn More About PBS

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