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BKW introduces PBIS program to provide student support

At the Jan. 22 Board of Education meeting, Elementary School Principal Regina Yeo and Special Education Director Susan Casper presented on the introduction and implementation of a potential PBIS program in grades K-8.

PBIS is short for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports and is based on the premise that rather than disciplining students for negative behavior, staff does more reinforcement of positive behavior and teaches students specifically what the expected behaviors are across all environments in school. The PBIS environments extend beyond the walls of the classroom, to hallways, gymnasiums, buses, playgrounds and wherever students are together participating in “school oriented” events.The PBIS model has been successfully implemented in thousands of schools in more than 40 states, resulting in dramatic reductions in disciplinary interventions and increases in academic achievement.

The Board unanimously approved the introduction of PBIS and aims to have the program rolled out by September of 2013. As the program model stresses a district’s own individualized and data-driven strategy, Mrs. Yeo and Mrs. Casper have already begun assessing how to implement the program at BKW. Training for staff would begin some time this spring and continue throughout the summer in order to reach the September 2013 rollout goal.