Grant, Longfellow and Sheridan Elementary Schools have been selected as
Schools of Merit by the Wisconsin PBIS Network for the tremendous work
accomplished through the implementation of Positive Behavioral
Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The schools were three of only 23
schools state-wide to receive the prestigious award. The 23
award-winning schools are among the nearly 800 schools trained and
almost 700 implementing PBIS in Wisconsin. All three elementary schools
are in their third year of implementing PBIS.
PBIS is a school-wide systematic approach for teaching and supporting
appropriate school behavior. PBIS acknowledges students who display
appropriate behaviors and offers increasing levels of support for
students who are having difficulty. Staff members teach and re-teach the
expectations, as they would with an academic subject area, rather than
to assume that students should know what is expected of them.
PBIS sets clear expectations for behavior in all areas of the building,
such as hallways, lunchroom, playgrounds and so on. Each school chooses
how to acknowledge and reward students for displaying good behavior,
such as pizza parties, extra free time or a special field trip. Schools
continuously collect data to track and monitor the effectiveness of the
program and adjust practices accordingly.
Teaching, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an
important step of a student’s educational experience. Teaching
behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a
much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before
responding. The purpose of a school-wide PBIS is to establish a
climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. Overall, this will
improve the learning environment for our students. Research shows that
when behavior issues are decreased, academic performance will increase.
The Sheboygan Area School District is in the third year of training and
implementation PBIS in our schools. Jefferson, Longfellow, Grant and
Sheridan Elementary Schools were the first four schools in the SASD to
be trained in the program. These schools have done an excellent job
using the PBIS program and have been recognized by the Wisconsin PBIS
Network as Exemplar Schools. In turn, each Exemplar School could apply
for the School of Merit recognition.
James Madison, Pigeon River, Jackson, and Cleveland Elementary Schools
as well as Farnsworth Middle School will implement the program this
school year. As outlined in Goal 2 in the SASD Long Range Plan, PBIS
will be implemented in all schools by the 2014-15 school year.
For more information on PBIS in the Sheboygan Area School District, visit our website at www.sheboygan.k12.wi.us/pbis
. More information the PBIS program is also available at www.wisconsinpbisnetwork.org