When attempting to implement an individual behavior plan, it is often difficult to monitor and implement. When researching best practices, I started researching Positive Behavior Support Plans. PaTTAN (which is the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network is to support the efforts and initiatives of the Bureau of Special Education, and to build the capacity of local educational agencies to serve students who receive special education services) has TONS of resources to help my mind start flowing. Also, lets not forget “The TA Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports which has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.” Gosh, I LOVE the internet!
First thing first, what behavior supports do we have in place, what works and what doesn’t? This being our first year as a Charter School, nothing has been particularly set in stone. We have our motto, “Be Respectful, be Responsible and most of all, be Successful“. And…thats about it! PaTTAN also has a checklist to help me create this School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) Plan!
This SWPBS would be the Tier I of the triangle continuum (pictured below). According to the Positive Support and Intervention website, “one of the foremost advances in school-wide discipline is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. Instead of using a piecemeal approach of individual behavioral management plans, a continuum of positive behavior support for all students within a school is implemented in areas including the classroom and nonclassroom settings (such as hallways, buses, and restrooms). Positive behavior support is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making targeted behaviors less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional.”
Now I’m starting to gather research, find other middle schools in the area that have SWPBS in their school and create the outline for my ideas. If you, or someone you know has any information on what has worked (or hasn’t!) ESPECIALLY at the middle school level…please message me! Thanks for reading, updates will be coming soon.