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New Behavior Program Slated to Launch at Jefferson this Fall

Recent updates to state and federal education guidelines are changing the ways schools are expected to support students with problem behavior. To help support the efforts, Jefferson Elementary School will be implementing the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support Program (PBIS) at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year.

PBIS is based on a problem-solving model and aims to prevent inappropriate behavior through teaching and reinforcing appropriate behaviors. It is a process that is consistent with the core principles of providing students high quality education instruction and interventions matched to student needs and monitoring progress frequently to make changes in instruction and goals. PBIS is grounded in differentiated instruction.

Jefferson Elementary School has a PBIS team that has attended several PBIS workshops during the past six months. The teams consist of teachers, counselors, psychologists and the principal, Bill Klein.

The team has presented the staff with the information and the school is eager to implement the PBIS program into the school curriculum next year. The PBIS team is presently seeking parents to become members of the team. The students will be involved in a "Kick-off" program in September to better understand the PBIS concepts.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
May 8, 2009