Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
Social/emotional learning is important at Washington School. In fact we are one of the few schools in the state that have reached the highest level of PBIS implementation. PBIS is a positive behavior approach that provides the systems and structure of our school social/emotional learning.
“Be Here/Be Ready, Be Safe and Be Respectful” are the Washington Ways. The Washington Ways are our school wide expectations. These expectations are posted in a matrix around different areas of the school. This matrix clearly defines the behavioral expectations throughout the school and creates a common language across the school setting.
Each week the entire school teaches the same cool tool. A cool tool is a mini lesson that focuses on a behavioral expectation and/or an emotional learning standard. Sometimes the cool tool is centered on procedural expectations (entering/exiting the school) and other times it is centered on social/emotional tools (calming down when angry). Each week the cool tool will be posted in the glass display box located in the main lobby. School wide cool tools not only teach clear expectations, but they also address the State of Illinois Social/Emotional Learning Standards.
A major component of PBIS is the recognition and acknowledgement of positive behaviors. One way that the Washington School staff does this is by giving student t-tickets when they demonstrate positive behavioral choices. Children can receive t-tickets in all areas of the school and from all staff members. Throughout the year students are able to use their t-tickets for various celebrations both in their classroom and throughout the school.
Each month, Washington School has a special celebration. The purpose of the celebration is to recognize those students who are following the Washington Ways. In addition to all school celebrations, many classrooms also have their own classroom celebrations or t-ticket trade-ins.
Office Discipline Referral Form (ODR)
The ODR is a tool the Washington Staff uses to communicate behavioral concerns and track behavioral data. The ODR documents a behavior concern and is sent home to parent/guardians at the end of the day. The ODR is a communication and data tool that documents the behavior and consequence. Each month the PBIS committee reviews the ODR data (type of behavior, time of infraction, location of infraction) and develops positive interventions to address the concerns. For example, if the committee members notice that there are many problem behaviors during recess they would develop a positive intervention to address recess concerns. Furthermore, cool tools are often selected based upon the ODR data.
Our goal is to teach children replacement behaviors, so that all children can work in a school environment that allows students to reach their maximum learning potential.
PBIS would not be a successful program without the support of the home environment. Please consider the following suggestions for further supporting the PBIS program.
Please remind your children of the Washington Ways each day before leaving for school. Use the Washington Way matrix as a tool to review and reinforce specific behaviors. You can even develop your own matrix using the Washington Ways for the home environment.
- Help your child Be Here, Be Ready by making sure he or she gets to school on time. Children should arrive between 8:45 a.m. and 8:55 a.m.
- After school ask your child about his or her day. Offer extra praise or reinforcement when your child discusses positive behaviors.
- If your child receives an ODR, discuss the situation with him or her. Try to use the ODR as a teaching tool to support positive behaviors in the future.
- Please help monitor school-wide expectations with your child during school events. For example, remind your child to use playground equipment appropriately even before and after school.