Grant Elementary School has embraced a new positive behavior program, called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS for short. Grant Elementary students and families are beginning their third year of implementation of the program; however staff members are in the fourth year of implementation because they have spent a year training and preparing before rolling out the plan to the entire school.
For Grant Elementary, the PBIS framework was a natural fit to their “Grant School Family” philosophy. In the Grant School Family, all members are working together to ensure students are successful in all areas, including academic, social, emotional and behavioral. PBIS provides a structured behavioral component, teaching and modeling positive behavior.
In 2010-11, Grant was named an Exemplar School by the Wisconsin PBIS Network and awarded the status of School of Merit for their outstanding results in teaching and promoting positive behavior. In 2009, Grant School was named an Emerging School of Character by the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership and a Promising Practices School by the National Character Education Partnership.
The emphasis on appropriate school behavior has enabled teachers to spend more time on instruction, and less time on discipline, which has a positive impact on academic performance.
For example, math scores have increased each year since the implementation of PBIS. In 2008-09, 74% of Grant School students scored at the proficient or advanced level on the WKCE math test, well below both the state (79%) and SASD (83%) averages. In 2009-10, Grant’s proficient and advanced math scores rose to 83%, and in 2010-11 the scores rose again to 86% while in the same years the state and district averages remained unchanged or declined slightly.
As a result of excellent scores on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE), Grant School was named a Wisconsin School of Recognition in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
PBIS also has a strong family component, which ties in perfectly to the Grant School Family philosophy. Recently, Grant School had a PBIS Celebration where parents were invited to learn more about PBIS and how PBIS can work for families at home, too. It’s helping to build stronger connections between school and home and encouraging parents to be more involved in their child’s school.
Grant Elementary is one of the first four schools to implement the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program. As part of the District long range plan, all schools in the Sheboygan Area School District will be implementing the PBIS program over the next several years.