PBIS at Cleveland Hill High School: A General Overview
The main focus of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is to provide a clear system for expected behavior for all members of the Cleveland Hill High School community. While many staff and students may have assumptions of what is expected behavior, we cannot assume that everyone’s beliefs are similar. Through PBIS, we will work to create and maintain a productive, safe environment in which ALL school community members have clear expectations and understandings of their role in the educational process.
Proactive Approach to School Wide Discipline
Schools that implement school-wide systems of positive behavior support focus on building a framework of systems, data and practices that include teaching effective behavior to all members of the school community as well as reinforcing those behaviors so that they become just “the way we do things.” Furthermore, we create a common language, common experiences, and a common vision within our school. In order to accomplish this, the following must be in place:
- Behavioral Expectations are Defined: A small number of behavioral expectations are clearly defined in positive, descriptive language within 5 main categories:
- Positive Attitude
- Behavioral Expectations are Taught: The behavioral expectations are explicitly taught to all students in the building, and practiced in real contexts. Teaching appropriate behavior involves much more than simply telling students what behaviors they should avoid.
- Appropriate Behaviors are Acknowledged: Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they need to be acknowledged on a regular basis. CHSAT has designed a formal system that reinforces positive behaviors. Cleve-Hill Eagle PRIDE Tickets are immediate forms used by the individual teacher, at their discretion, as a tool of encouragement and as a student motivator. Use Cleve-Hill PRIDE Tickets to encourage and strengthen positive behaviors demonstrated on a consistent basis.
Staff can give Cleve-Hill Eagle PRIDE Tickets to any student within our school. PRIDE Tickets can be redeemed for a variety of reinforcements throughout the year.
- Behavioral Errors are Corrected Proactively: When students experience challenges in applying behavioral expectations, clear procedures are needed for responding. We will provide clear information to students by processing with them what the negative behavior was as well as what the replacement positive behavior is and reteach that behavior. We need to understand that every behavior happens for a reason (usually to get something or get away from something). A proactive response will ensure that we do not inadvertently reinforce the negative behavior.
- Office Discipline Referral (ODR) and Student Incident Report Forms (SIR) are used to collect information to focus our efforts as well as refer major incidents or chronic disruptions to the administration. The Behavior Management Flowchart is used to help staff distinguish major from minor behavioral incidents as well as plan for their own intentional proactive responses to behavior.
The School-Wide Information System (SWIS) is a web-based decision system used to improve behavior support in schools and other educational facilities by providing school personnel with accurate, timely, and practical information for making decisions about school environments.
BIG IDEA: Make decisions based on data.
OVERALL GOAL: Make schools more effective learning environments.
Data is reviewed at each PBIS Meeting. The PBIS team defines the problem, problem solves, comes up with a solution and puts an action plan in place. Through data-based decision making, the PBIS team plans for student success (both academic and behavioral), with ongoing progress monitoring and analysis of data.
Please feel free to come to any of our meetings, to discuss the High School's SWIS data.
PBIS Pride Team Members:
Barbara Armon-Student Support
Kelly Baker-Social Studies
Andrea Bedore-Special Education
Michael Hamner-Social Studies
Timothy Wiles-HS Principal