August 20, 2010

PBIS....another new thing to add to our plate.....But this is going to taste GOOD!!!!!

Went to a fantastic conference on School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention Supports.  While many of the concepts and practices we have already set in practice it was another fantastic example of the need for data collection to produce the desired results and to refine the intervention that works best for each unique situation.  Still, while we may have been on the right track with many of our efforts, there was still so much to learn and the variations on some of our practices will help to make our program so much more effective. The universal language will also help to provide consistent verbal cues, and a more positive theme to our approach with handling students that exhibit behaviors outside the norm.  

The true "sign" that this was the right philosophy and time for us to begin the PBIS journey, was that we were told to take a year to collect data and to plan out our phase in of PBIS.  Since we had already created a 4 year plan to begin our full implementation of our RTI plan, and RTI for Behavior concerns was to begin in the 2011-2012, the timing was perfect.

As I sat and listened to the various speakers, I grew more enthusiastic to begin using PBIS.  Once again I was told to slow down and prepare.  It won't be easy but I am actually looking forward to collecting data and planning things slowly as we build our program.  Not easy for the guy of action and little patience.  So I will collect my data, slow down and plan with my leadership team and go out gain what other insight and knowledge I can this year.  It's going to be great!!!!

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