How to Implement School Wide Behavior Management Programs


A schoolwide behavior management program helps create a safe and predictable learning environment to provide equitable learning outcomes for all students by promoting positive behaviors and reducing off task or negative behaviors. Schools should use their previous behavioral data to inform the creation of the program along with respect and thought for the local culture of the school community and the vision and mission of the school. The best way to implement a behavior management program is a schoolwide rollout with a laser focus on systems, practices, and data analysis.

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School Wide Behavior Management Program – Systems

Leaders set the tone, excitement, and expectations for any school wide system like behavior management programs. There are several essential steps that leaders must do before and during the rollout of the program to ensure strong implementation of the system itself.

  1. Evaluate previous behavior data to determine behavioral strengths and areas of need.
  2. Hire teachers who are coachable, have a growth mindset, align with the mission and values of the school, and who can implement feedback well.
  3. Create school wide expectations for routines and procedures and clearly define what they look like, sound like, do not look like, and do not feel like.
  4. Define what the system will look like and the behavioral supports given to students at Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3.
  5. Create a school schedule to allow for system success around teacher planning periods for data analysis and collaboration, teacher trainings, student breakfast, lunch, recess, enrichment, and transition times.
  6. Create a matrix of acknowledgement feedback and positive consequences for positive behavior as well as corrective feedback and consequences for inappropriate behaviors.
  7. Hold at least one staff meeting presenting data and reasons for implementing the schoolwide behavior management program to build teacher and staff buy in of the program.
  8. Create a professional development plan for the initial staff trainings on understanding the behavior management system and how to implement it. Using modeling and role playing activities as a staff during these training sessions will help all teachers internalize the system, use common language, and implement the teacher practices with consistency.
  9. Create a plan for ongoing staff trainings throughout the year for consistency in system implementation.

School Wide Behavior Management Program – Practices

  1. Create a professional development plan for the initial staff trainings on understanding the program’s implementation of teacher practices.
  2. Use modeling and role playing during staff training sessions to help all teachers internalize teacher practices, common language, and implementation of the program with consistency and fidelity.
  3. Utilize real time coaching methods when observing and coaching in classrooms to model, support, and give feedback on teacher behavior management practices.
  4. Create designated times when teachers will receive feedback and coaching around behavior management practices with their instructional coach.
  5. Define when, how to collect, and the frequency of data collection that is expected by teachers throughout the school day.
  6. Create a plan for ongoing staff trainings throughout the year focusing on teacher practices.

School Wide Behavior Management Program – Data

  1. Create a team of leaders and teachers composed of different expertise and job functions across the school to be the PBIS or Behavior Management Team that will collect and compile, analyze, and act on behavioral data across the entire school, grades, teachers, students, and Tiers.
  2. Train teachers on the Kickboard platform: how to enter behavior data into Kickboard and how to access different student, class, grade, and behavior reports.
  3. Train teachers on how to analyze data and act on the data to support their students at all Tiers of instruction.
  4. Provide individual support and coaching to teachers for their responsibilities in supporting students and analyzing data.
  5. Facilitate ongoing grade level, teacher team meetings and PLC’s (Professional Learning Communities) using problem-solving and analyzing data protocols to analyze behavioral data, determine trends, and identify the best ways to support students.
  6. Monitor school-wide implementation of the behavior management program by having the PBIS Team complete walkthrough days where they observe classrooms and common spaces, compile data, and present strengths, weaknesses, and priority areas with action plans to the whole staff.

Effective leaders implement school wide behavior management programs by planning for the systems, practices, and data that support the implementation.