Just prior to the pandemic, All Saints began implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), a new approach to classroom management. With the many operational changes that occurred last year, we decided to pause our efforts and to re-initiate the three year roll-out process beginning this fall. With this in mind, this week I wish to provide an introduction to PBIS and some of the key details regarding our plan for this first year.
The Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) framework aims to maximize the use of evidence-based prevention and intervention practices along a multi-tiered continuum that supports the academic, social, emotional, spiritual, and behavioral
competence of all students. Together, the All Saints faculty and staff are working to develop a positive, predictable, and safe environment that will promote strong inter-personal relationships with students and between students through teaching, modeling, and encouragement. Students will be taught to use relevant and expected social skills for themselves and with others. This will create a school climate that is positive, trustworthy, and respectful.
In teaching students expected behaviors, teachers will model or demonstrate the behavior, students will practice the behavior, and teachers will provide feedback. Students will continue to refine the expected behavior over an on-going basis. When multiple attempts at redirecting are not successful, the All Saints faculty and staff have crafted the Student Incident Report which will be part of the multi-tiered “continuum”. Parents will be notified through a copy of the Student Incident Report that will be sent home. Together with administration (when necessary), faculty and staff members will implement appropriate supports and disciplinary measures for students.
The following is a brief overview of the three tiers that will be used school-wide.
- Tier 1-Universal Practices- These are expected of all students in all environments
throughout the school. They establish a predictable, consistent, positive, faith-filled and
safe school climate.
- Tier 2-Targeted Practices-These are designed to address student behaviors that need
more structure, feedback, instruction, and support than in Tier 1 alone.
- Tier 3-Indicated Practices-These are designed to directly address more challenging
student behavior than in Tiers 1 and 2.
This research-based program will be further strengthened through the integration of our Catholic identity and commitment to virtue formation, the distinguishing hallmarks of our school.
I want to thank Mrs. Horgan for leading this project and the many teachers who are assisting with the planning effort. Through their efforts and leadership, we will be further transforming the climate and culture of our school as we strive to provide the best formation possible for our students.