POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS (PBIS) at COUNTRY LANE SCHOOL
At Country Lane, we believe that when students feel safe and supported they are more likely reach their learning potential. Through PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) or Colts Can, we work together to create and maintain a productive, safe environment in which ALL school community members clearly understand the shared expectations for behavior. We believe that through the implementation of PBIS systems and strategies we will increase student academic performance, increase safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school climate.
The main focus of PBIS (or Colts Can) is to provide a clear system for all expected behaviors at Country Lane School. One of the keys of the system is a focus on prevention. It is based on the idea that when students are taught clearly defined behavioral expectations and provided with predictable responses to their behavior, both positive and corrective, a large majority of students will meet those expectations.
As part of PBIS, Country Lane has developed school-wide procedures to accomplish the following:
Define Behavior Expectations. At Country Lane School we have three simple yet powerful expectations: Be Safe; Be Respectful; and Be Responsible.
Teach Behavior Expectations. The behavioral expectations are taught to all students in real contexts during the first week of school and revisited in a variety of ways throughout the school year.
Acknowledge Appropriate Behaviors. Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they need to be acknowledged on a regular basis. Country Lane has developed a system that rewards positive behavior. “Colts Can Coupons” are tickets used by staff members as a tool of encouragement and a student motivator. Students can earn "brag tags" with grade level and school rules on them, as well as extended recess or a pizza party.
Proactively Correct Behavior. When students violate the behavioral expectations they are informed that their behavior was unacceptable. Teachers use a variety of strategies to redirect students to the appropriate behavior (eye contact, proximity, one on one private conversation, phone call/email home…) Each classroom teacher has their own system for redirecting students. If students continue with unacceptable behaviors a teacher may refer the student to administration for further discussion and consequences. Always the focus is on keeping the student’s self esteem in tact while addressing the behaviors that need to be adjusted. The goal is to educate and remind the student as to the desired behaviors and to help them see how the unacceptable behavior impacts everyone negatively.