PBIS, when implemented well, is known to reduce ODR rates for major problem behaviors for students as a whole. However, results typically have not been disaggregated to indicate if students in special education, as well as general education students, benefit. The results of this study indicate that if schools that are using SWIS (many PBIS schools do) reduce their rates of major ODRs, the number of students in special education who receive ODRs, as well as the total number of all students involved in disciplinary incidents will be reduced over time. This is important because students in special education generally tend to be over-represented in disciplinary incidents and unless data are disaggregated, overall results for all students may not provide information needed to understand the impact of school-wide interventions, such as PBIS, on sub-groups with special needs.
The problem with new initiatives is that nobody wants another thing to do. Everyone is full-up, drowning in a plate that is over-full. Still, continuous improvement seems necessary. Change , naturally, falls out of the need to get better at what we do. Better means smarter; more focused and full of intent. Embedding new frameworks…
Establishing and sustaining a school environment free of harassment, bullying, and discrimination should involve an examination of a school’s climate and culture. School climate and culture have a profound impact on student achievement, behavior, and reflects the school community’s culture.
Wass Elementary in Troy, Michigan is a public school with synergy! Their principal, Matt Jansen, has lead this incredible staff through the school improvment process in an effective, engaging way by braiding three well-known frameworks to meet their three overarching academic goals.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
No need to wrestle with the idea of school-wide reward systems. Attach acknowledgement to your character education and let the kids do the work!
Continuing the efforts of the Federal Supportive School Discipline Initiative, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education are hosting a Supportive School Discipline (SSD) Webinar Series. The Series is designed to increase awareness and understanding of school disciplinary practices that push youth out of school and many times into the justice system, and provide practical examples of alternative approaches that maintain school safety while ensuring academic engagement and success for all students.
2014 webinars are taking an indepth look at the School Climate & School Discipline: A Guidance Package
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ED and DOJ released in January 2014. As each webinar is scheduled, they will be posted here. Also, in 2013, the webinar series featured seven events on key school discipline issues. To access archived recordings and slides from those events in the series, click on the titles below. Additional information on the Series is also below,
Given the positive relationship between school climate and academic achievement, take deliberate steps to create a positive school climate. • Use a needs assessment to develop school climate/discipline goals. • Collect and use multiple forms of data to track progress toward the goals and propel continuous improvement. • Establish formal structures to support the management, monitoring, and use of this data.
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