Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

What is School-wide PBIS?

PBIS is a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the safety and effectiveness of schools for all students by improving the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occur. The goal is to improve the schoolwide capacity to teach and support positive behavior, using proactive strategies, for all students by designing and implementing supports to create a positive school environment for students as well as teachers. The system calls into action a continuum of support that includes classroom and non-classroom settings. All people invested within the school act together to achieve a common goal through the collective use of best practices.

What is PBIS at Chaplin elementary School?

PBIS at Chaplin Elementary School is a team-based process for systematic 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. The staff at CES works collaboratively to support our behavioral expectations of Take Care of Yourself; Take Care of Each Other; Take Care of Our School. The aim is to use the CES Formula for Success expectations (Respect + Responsibility + Ready-to-Learn + Re-Thinking) and a framework of evidence-based behavioral supports and interventions in an integrated curriculum to enhance both the social behavior and academic atmosphere for our diverse body of students throughout the school.

Core Values

Instruction, focusing on skills for social and academic success, will take place each month by prioritizing caring and fairness in relation to self-concerns. Our instruction will contribute to ethically responsible concern for others and community through the nature of day-to-day activities. We will use the following values to drive our instruction monthly as we develop kindness in our students: Responsibility, Perseverance, Citizenship, Caring, Honesty, Respect, Empathy, Kindness, Integrity, and Cooperation.

On the first school day of each month, the term will be introduced during morning announcements. Teachers will collaborate on monthly lessons that correspond to the value of the month. It is recommended that the students follow up by finding examples of this value in the characters in their just-right books, mentor texts, or read-aloud. As we strive to cultivate kindness and empathy in their authentic application, CES students, in partnership with L.E.A.D students, will participate in charity events that highlight student concern for others in the community.

The school hosts a monthly CES Talks. This allows the whole school community to gather in order to discuss the core value of the month and how we can exhibit the behaviors associated with this on a regular basis; CES Talks also offers the opportunity for students and staff to share in dialogue across the grades while sharing ideas and thoughts concerning our community. The children have an open conversation that promotes student cognition of ideas and concerns for the whole school and to offer suggestions to improve our relationships.

Students (1-3 per class) will be highlighted monthly by their teacher as they display the value of the month consistently. Children who consistently demonstrate the core value through truly authentic acts will be recognized by their teachers with a Spirit Stick that represents the social awareness. The students will be recognized in the principal’s monthly newsletter.

Our main goal in planning and implementing PBIS is to create a safe environment conducive to learning and ensure academic and social success for all. This approach needs to involve all members of the CES learning community.

As in the past, faculty members throughout the building will be on the lookout for students demonstrating Soaring Eagle behaviors in the classroom, the hall, the lunchroom, the playground, or even at dismissal. Faculty members will recognize these students with a Soaring Eagle ticket. Teachers will have an “Eagles Nest” jar in the classroom to collect the tickets for the week. At the end of the week, the tickets will be totaled in the office, and if the whole school reaches 100 tickets, part of the word for the month will be placed on the hallway PBIS board. When the whole word is spelled, there will be a whole school celebration (music over the loudspeaker, rolls for a “graffiti wall”…).

Additional Activities

The PBIS committee will plan a kindness week that will incorporate numerous activities that highlight acts of kindness that we want to become part of our school culture. We will also have the activities extend beyond the school day and reach out to home and the community.

We look forward to working closely with all our families and would appreciate any feedback you have as we go through year three of this process together.