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Jefferson Hits Behavior Award Goal

At the start of the school year, Jefferson Elementary School implemented a school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports program, which is often abbreviated as PBS or PBIS. The cornerstone of this program is to make a conscious effort to shift from a reactive and aversive approach to managing problem behavior to one that is preventive and positive.

Improving student achievement and behavior outcomes is about ensuring all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavioral practices and interventions possible. PBS provides an operational framework for achieving these outcomes. PBS is not a curriculum, intervention or practice, rather it is a decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students.

All staff members at Jefferson who observe children following the behavior expectations can issue students a rewards slip. Students can earn the reward slips in all areas of the school and from all staff members. Each quarter a goal is set for the number of behavior awards that will be given to the students. The first three quarters of the school year, the staff's goal was 5000 awards. Bill Klein, Jefferson principal, was pleased to announce that Jefferson Elementary School recently celebrated reaching its quarterly goal of 5000 student behavior awards. What makes this achievement more remarkable is that the students reached the goal half way through the quarter.

The school's PBS committee will meet to determine what goal will be set for fourth quarter. Early indications are that it will be higher than 5000.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
March 5, 2010