As activities and learning are in full swing, so, too, are the interactions and relationships of students. The culture of a school can have a dramatic effect on how students treat other students. Successful schools recognize that creating a positive school environment cannot be left up to classroom teachers for their interpretation—it must be implemented school-wide.

Northwest AEA offers Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for schools so that they can restructure their existing discipline systems and practices. It is a school-wide framework rather than a program. Building a school-wide discipline system using basic PBIS practices does take time and effort, and schools should not expect to be able to accomplish this with a few short professional development sessions or at an all-staff training with a PBIS expert. Northwest AEA is committed to supporting schools through the initial implementation of school-wide PBIS across the continuum of supports (Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III) for a period of three years and then will continue to be available as needed to support schools in sustaining their efforts over time.

PBIS has grown over the past few years within the schools of Northwest AEA. In 2005-06, only three schools had implemented the framework. Last year, 25 schools were involved with PBIS efforts. The schools implementing the PBIS framework successfully have shown an overall decrease in behavior incidents in their schools as measured by Office Discipline Referrals.

Because October is National Bullying Prevention Month, it is the responsibility of educators and parents to explore what can be done to curb this national problem. It begins with us.

If you have questions about PBIS, please contact Jerome Schaefer, PBIS coordinator/trainer, at 800/352-9040 ext. 6338. If you have other anti-bullying questions, please call our learning supports consultants, Marlin Jeffers (ext. 6038) or Flora Lee (ext. 6363).

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Educationally yours,

Dr. Tim Grieves
Chief Administrator