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Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports

     
                  School Climate Survey dates:
 
3rd - 5th Grades:  October 15-19, 2018
6th - 8th Grades:  October 22-26, 2018
 
All information and documents are posted at the end of the column to the right. 
Opt-out letters are due by October 12, 2018

PBIS
Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a framework for creating school climates that are positive, safe and predictable for students and staff.  The heart of PBIS is the development of the Matrix of common behavior expectations across all settings on campus, centered on shared core values such as respect, responsibility, safety, and effort.  For example, the matrix defines the specific and observable behaviors that demonstrate Respect in the classroom, the lunchroom, on the playground, and in the restrooms.  Schools will often use an acronym such as ROAR, The 3 Rs, PAWS, etc, to make them easy to remember.
 
The key focus is on teaching behavior as relentlessly as we teach academic skills and to provide trauma-sensitive responses to social-behavior errors.  Students are taught the matrix behaviors throughout the school year.  Appropriate behavior is acknowledged with "caught being good" tickets and rewards.  Behavior errors are addressed by providing students opportunities to reflect on their choices and relearn the matrix behaviors through logical consequences.  PBIS is an evidence based practice for disrupting the school to prison pipeline and improving outcomes for students.
 
Data-based decision making is a core feature.  Office Data Referrals (ODRs) are tracked through the SWIS system, and the information is used for planning and problem solving.  Starting in the 2017-18 school year, all of our schools have adopted a universal screening process to identify students who may need additional social emotional or behavior support.  This will help us match students to early interventions or community resources.
 
Each school's PBIS Leadership team meets monthly to review data, design lesson plans, plan reward activities, provide professional development to the school staff, and monitor the quality of their implementation by completing fidelity surveys. In addition, they participate in professional development and coaching with the district's MTSS/PBIS Specialist, as well as with the Los Angeles County of Education's PBIS division.
 
 
California PBIS Coalition recognizes Whittier City schools for 2018!!  This year, three campuses earned GOLD level status for launching Tier 2 interventions with fidelity.
 
Gold Level:  Andrews, Edwards Middle School, MSTA
Silver:  Hoover, Jackson, Longfellow, Orange Grove, Phelan, West Whittier
Bronze:  Dexter Middle School
 
PBIS Newsletters provide short videos and articles on a variety of topics related to school climate.
 
New resource:  Google site with staff resources for PBIS and MTSS academics.  Find training materials, videos, tools for implementation fidelity, tools for monitoring progress for both behavior and academic skills, training calendars, and more. 
 
Resources for maintaing compassion when responding to challenging behavior, School Climate Survey results
https://www.smore.com/e76nj
PBIS Newsletter 2018:  Winter Boost!
Resources for classroom management and student engagement:
Resources for kindness & happiness challenges:
Resources for building positive relationships with students
 
Learn more:
 
www.pbis.org
California PBIS Coalition
 
MTSS in California:
www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/ri/
The School Climate Survey

Administered every fall to 3rd through 8th grade students, this  important survey helps us maintain school learning environments in which students feel a sense of belonging and safety. The results are reported as part of the LCAP. Participation is voluntary and families have the option to opt-out, if desired. Review the survey contents and find the Opt-out forms in English & Spanish, below.

Parent Notification and Opt-Out letters - English & Spanish

FORMULARIO DE NOTIFICACIÓN Y OPCION DE OPTAR POR NO TOMAR LA ENCUESTA SOBRE EL CLIMA ESCOLAR