Classroom Management & Data-Driven Instruction
Title I School Reduces Discipline Referrals and Increases Parent Involvement with Kickboard
At Billingsville Elementary in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, teachers use Kickboard to recognize and reward students for meeting schoolwide behavioral expectations. After seeing improvements in the school culture, teachers also began using Kickboard to engage parents with regular communication and reviews of student progress.
Billingsville Elementary is one of Charlotte-
Mecklenburg’s most impoverished schools.
“Student behavior was out of control,” said Shanna Rae, co-principal of Billingsville Elementary. “Ms. Johnson, the principal, and I could not get into classrooms to observe teachers teaching because the behavior was so disruptive. Teachers didn’t have a common platform to track student behavior and, as a result, we didn’t have a consistent way to recognize students for positive behaviors.”
Billingsville Elementary began using Kickboard in February 2014.
Kickboard helps build safe and happy schools where students and staff thrive. Educators, school leaders, and district administrators use Kickboard to improve school culture through positive behavior reinforcement, intervention management, classroom management, and district-wide school culture analysis. This unique combination of features allows districts to address problems such as absenteeism, disciplines & referrals, suspensions, teacher turnover, and low student achievement due to ineffective school culture.
Improving Classroom Management
In every classroom, teachers now use Kickboard to track daily student performance on Billingsville’s “Family Expectations.” These include behavioral expectations for the classroom, hallway, playground, cafeteria, restroom and bus.
“We assigned a value to each expectation,” said Rae. “With the click of a button, teachers can recognize students for doing the right thing and award Kickboard dollars to them.”
At the end of each week, students are given a paycheck they can use to shop in a virtual store for school supplies or toys, or for treats such as lunch with the principal or a favorite teacher.
“This has had a huge impact on student behavior,” said Rae. “We had one student who took a book from another student and tore pages out of it. When we told him he’d have to ‘pay’ for the book with his Kickboard dollars, he was so upset. He didn’t care about the book when he thought his parents would have to pay for it, but when he realized it would be coming out of his Kickboard paycheck, he realized he cared a lot. It helped him learn a valuable lesson about respecting space and property, which is one of our classroom expectations.”
Increasing parent involvement
In addition, each week, teachers use Kickboard to provide progress reports to parents on their child’s contribution to school culture through behaviors and rewards. “Before, our teachers communicated with parents through quarterly progress reports. But they didn’t often communicate between those times unless there was an issue to be resolved. With Kickboard, our teachers now send reports home weekly. As a result, our communication with parents has easily increased 95 percent,” said Rae.
Billingsville also requires parents to sign their child’s Kickboard paycheck each week, before the student can shop in the school store. “Parents like that their children can buy school supplies or items they want in the school store, so it helps them, too,” said Rae.
Students are also rewarded with 10 Kickboard dollars when their parents attend Curriculum Night at the school. “Kids make sure their parents come because they really want those Kickboard dollars,” said Rae.
In only 10 months with Kickboard, the urban Title I school has reduced the number of discipline referrals, improved teacher collaboration, and significantly increased parent involvement.
“Kickboard has helped us establish consistent practices for classroom management. Thanks to our focus on positive behaviors, we’ve seen a decline in behavior referrals and our school culture has improved. We’ve also seen an increase in parent involvement like never before.”
“Across the school, Kickboard has changed the way we view data,” she said. “Teachers are excited they have one system for classroom management, and that they have the information they need to make sound instructional decisions. We like that we can stay on top of every classroom and drill down into the data to get more specific information about our school’s needs. It helps us create more meaningful conversations with each other, and with students and parents — and all that information is there with the click of a button. It’s that simple.}
– Shanna Rae, CO-PRINCIPAL