All students need some level of support with academic progress, behavior, social and emotional development. School leaders are taking the initiative to provide strategic opportunities that contribute to the development of their students. Recognizing the need for structure and practices that maintain positive school culture, school administrators are implementing positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) strategies schoolwide.
School leaders are responsible for creating a PBIS plan that can be implemented with the entire staff. They must provide clear instructions for teacher practice, use of data and how the systems work within the program. The PBIS framework will look different for each school since it must take into account the needs of the student body. School leaders interested in implementing a schoolwide PBIS program have the opportunity to transform the school climate and classroom culture.
PBIS is a program that requires input from everyone involved. This includes school administration, teaching staff, and support personnel. The PBIS program encourages leadership to build capacity amongst their staff and team. Having a team that understands the program and is willing to strategically implement all the steps is critical to the success of the program.
A critical part of the PBIS program is the use of data to inform the continuous improvement of the school culture. Ensuring that the school staff knows how to use the tools and analyze the data to inform practice is important to its success. School leadership can provide professional development that builds the staff's capacity to use PBIS tools, read and analyze the data and effectively make changes.
Important to proper implementation is knowing the needs of your students. As a school administrator, being clear on what the students and families need is critical to the success of the school. Effective school leaders are able to connect the staff and provide clear delegation to ensure the program is a success. As a school leader, there is an opportunity to maximize impact by being clear on what will be most helpful for your student body.
Clear and attainable goals are necessary to the implementation of the PBIS framework. This allows all of the administration to gather details about what will be most operative, delegate how to implement the framework and be strategic about continuous improvement. The objectives should be set by school leaders and include an accountability measure for all of the staff. This will help with implementation and collecting data for further review. Like any program, these goals help to measure effectiveness and will inform the administration of any challenges or progress.
During the implementation of the PBIS framework, there will be opportunities to reflect on progress. As a school leader, prepare to provide critical insight and strategic direction as well celebrate progress. This is critical to the growth of the staff and to the shift in the school culture. Effectively implementing the PBIS framework does take time and in order to see a difference there must be a clear plan.
The outcomes of implementing PBIS framework can transform the culture of a school. Effective implementation is contingent upon having a strong school leader and a staff that is on board with the program. Kickboard is able to provide resources and tools to support school leaders with launching the new framework. Click here to learn more about how Kickboard can support PBIS in your school.