Groups that train "turnaround" leaders say many principals are at a loss on how to build a positive school culture.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
"She found that leaders who have been trained to understand how relationships and values interact in a school can improve their campus cultures, and that those without such a conceptual understanding still have an "accidental influence" on their campuses—not always a healthy one.
"If you have people who are Type A and successful and not necessarily patient with other people, they think they need to just go in and do everything themselves," Mr. Cole said. "The worse the culture and climate are, the less they use those interpersonal tactics to engage a variety of people, when in fact they need to do more."
The SAS is an annual assessment used by schools to identify the staff perception of the Status and Priority for Improvement for the following systems: School-wide, Classroom, Non Classroom and Individual Student Systems. Results of the SAS are effective in identifying the staff priorities for Action Planning.
This tool is a great way to get staff discussion around the culture of the building. It leads to an action plan that can be part of the foundation of a school's improvement process. Using PBIS assessments, schools can get a great graphic representation of the staff's perception of what is working and what needs to be focused upon. YOu can compare from year to year.
Does your school have a consistent process in place for handling behavior referrals? Do teachers know what administration expects to have handled in the classroom? When are referrrals made? When does administration need to know about an issue? Consistency in the PROCESS is key.
The Monitoring Advanced Tiers Tool (MATT) is now available on PBIS Assessment for data entry and report generation. The MATT is a coach-guided self-assessment tool that allows teams to progress monitor the implementation of Tiers 2 and 3 behavior support systems within their school.
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
Some Lafourche Parish parents are criticizing a school program that rewards students for good behavior as unfair and inflexible, while school staff and other parents maintain the system is fair and effective.