PBIS in News Media

Portland Public Schools implement PBIS student programming (Mar, 2019) - The Portland School District has started an overarching student-focused program that’s bringing in big results. Through a grant from Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MIBLSI) and Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS), Portland Schools are building intervention strategies to put in place where students may need extra support.

New behavior policies take hold at Visalia Unified (Apr, 2019) - A new ideology of behavior reform is taking hold in Visalia schools and the district is experiencing minor success. School District’s Director of Social Wellness, Dhillon says kids often don’t learn from being expelled or suspended. He believes taking a student away from the learning environment doesn’t inspire an affinity for learning. There’s been changes in legislation and discipline practices in California over the last couple years. One of the big changes is that schools are required to demonstrate interventions prior to considering suspension or expulsion.

Classrooms in Crisis: Examining the Inappropriate Use of Seclusion and Restraint Practices - Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Hearing

Positive Trends at Dowagiac Middle School (a small rural district in Michigan) from the district newsletter- When compared to the first semester from the last two school years, major behavior referrals at Dowagiac Middle School have significantly decreased this school year. While many factors contribute to rates of discipline referral data, the efforts made by educators at the middle school are making a difference. Dowagiac Middle school has implemented PBIS practices for several years, however this is the first year of school-wide PBIS implementation lead by their leadership team.

International Delegation from Singapore visits Portland’s Westwood and Oakwood Schools to learn about Highly Successful Exemplary Model Program (Feb, 2019)- Chris Kenroy, Westwood Principal, says that the impact of PBIS can be observed throughout the school.  In the three short years since it has been implemented, behavioral issues have been significantly reduced.  Only about 1% of Westwood’s 450 students experience ongoing behavioral issues that need significant interventions. “99% of our students have zero to one intervention during the school year.  Because of this we can focus more on classroom engagement for all student and then give specialized attention to the four or five students who have greater needs for social and behavioral interventions

Hernando schools suspend black kids far more often than white ones. Now the district is trying to close its disciplinary gap (Nov, 2018)- Black students in the Hernando County School District were disciplined far more often than their white peers. The district is working with the University of South Florida's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support program. So far the results are promising, with Hernando High closing its disciplinary gap almost entirely.

USF Part of $32.6 Million Grant for Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (Nov 2, 2018)- USF is part of a five-year $32.6 million grant that will continue and expand the work of the national Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE).

Study: Flushing schools among safest in MI (Feb 27, 2018, WNEM.com)- Flushing Community Schools was just named the 14th safest in the state by Niche. This is one of the schools supported by the SEA School Climate Transformation Grant. The school started something promoting positive behaviors with the students. They call it PPSC, promoting positive school culture and also they really get to know their students.

How to Stop Bullying in Schools (Feb 27, 2018, U.S.News)- A growing body of research shows that schools can prevent bullying – and ensure that all kids go to school each day without fear of being physically hurt or socially targeted. The UVA team leveraged the widely used school-wide prevention framework known as "Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports," which aims to improve school climate and student behavior across a range of outcomes like discipline and academics.

System of positive rewards to reduce student discipline takes off in California (Jan 31, 2018, EdSource)- A 2012 EdSource survey showed that PBIS was by far the most popular behavior management system in place in California school districts. The goal is not just to correct bad behavior but to create a positive school environment where all students - among them special ed students, English learners, students impacted by trauma, as well as high achievers - develop the social, emotional and academic skills to learn and thrive.

Teachers get training to deal with student behavior (Nov 29, 2017, Tuscaloosa News)- More than 50 teachers from across Alabama gathered Tuesday at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy for the last day of training from state education officials Tuesday on Positive Behavior Interventions Supports, or PBIS.

Alabama committee looks at how to reduce suspensions, expulsions in schools (Sep 2017, Montgomery Advertiser)- If a student misbehaves, instead of punishing them, we want to correct the behavior but at the same time go beneath the surface to treat the underlying problem and therefore reduce the need for office referrals and suspensions.

Baltimore school suspensions fell last year (Oct 24, 2017, The Baltimore Sun)- Suspensions in Baltimore city schools dipped last year as the district continued to reform its disciplinary practices to reduce the rate of students getting kicked out of school. The nearly 20 percent drop comes as city schools CEO Sonja Santelises has put renewed emphasis on positive behavioral interventions.

PBIS in action across St. Paul Public Schools: Building a common language (posted on Oct 09, 2017)

How Oakridge school beat bullying: 'Once kids have those skills, the problem stops' (Sep 2017, KVAL Eugene OR)- Statistics from the National Bullying Prevention Center show more than 1 out of every 5 American students were bullied at school last year. The program works to teach good behaviors that will reduce the probability of bullying incidents.

Keep Your Seat (Jan 2017, U of Alabama News)- Educators address classroom behaviors while avoiding student removals from learning environments

Watson Chapel schools teaching positive behavior in the classroom (Aug 2017, KTHV-TV)- The Watson Chapel School District has a new sense of respect and eagerness to learn. It's all because of a new initiative in effect this school year (Pine Bluff, AR). (for mobile version of the video)

Fun at the forefront for new school behavioral program: Good behavior program launches (Feb 2017, Cayman Compass)- Students and staff at West Bay's Sir John A. Cumber Primary School last week had a kickoff party to mark the launch of a program aimed at reinforcing good behavior.

BGHS suspensions see massive drop over the last four years (Feb 2017, The Reflector)- Federal funding, renewed focus leads to decreased suspensions and increased engagement

Translational Criminology (Fall, 2016)- An article from a community partner working with the Texas PBIS State Team and the Arlington Independent School District in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area that intersects law enforcement with PBIS (see pages 10-11)

Behavioral initiative continues to be a success (Jan 2017, Wilmington Town Crier)- Wilmington adopted the PBIS initiative. Assistant Superintendent Sean Gal­lagher and Coordinator of Behavioral Health and So­cial Environmental Support Alice LeGrand gave an up­date on what is going on in regards to PBIS.

Marblehead school's behavior program fosters positive change (Jan 2017, Marblehead Reporter) - Showing you are responsible, respectful and safe can be positively rewarding in the Marblehead Public School district these days.

From the community: Social and Emotional Learning is Progressing Evergreen Park Elementary Schools (Oct 2015, Chicago Tribune) - A story about teaching students social-emotional skills to build higher academic achievement

Rethinking Discipline at S.C. School, Behavior Is One of the Basics (Oct, 2012, Education Week) - With a special class on behavior and a strategy known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, a Charleston middle school has found a way to reduce suspensions.

Neag School of Education Spotlight - Education Professor Speaks on School Safety at Major National Conference (Mar, 2013)

Brockton Elementary School Defies Odds, Makes it "Cool to Be Good". Contact Bob Putnam for more information about New England PBIS.

Alliance: National Parent Technical Assistance Center, Aug, 2012 - PBIS is TA&D Center of the Month!

CEC Today, Summer 2012 - Using Positive Behavior Approaches: Dr. Michael George talks about the benefits of positive behavioral interventions and supports, and leadership team's role to change the school environment and the students' lives.

USA Today COLLOQUY No. 3 March 2012 (Please see page two Good Deeds section) - A bank and one of our FL schools in the Keys teamed up for their rewards program: Sugarloaf School to implement the PBS Rewards program

Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge - Winner of the 2010 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge

Congressman Phil Hare Supports PBIS - Rock Island School District web site (Mar. 2010)

Hare works on education - Daily Review Atlas (Monmouth, IL: Mar. 2010)

School Program Molds Good Behavior In Rocky Hill - Hartford Current.com (Nov, 2009)

Monroe County schools reward good behavior - Democrat Chronicle.com (Nov, 2009)

Martin County High School's PBIS in South Florida - West Palm Beach News Video (Oct, 2009)

Positive Behavior Emphasized in Shelbyville Schools - Shelbyville Daily Union.com (August 28, 2009)

Intervention Program 'Checks On' Students (An article on CICO) - State Journal-Register in Springfield Illinois (April 20, 2009)

Positive Behavior Proves Productive in School - NBC Connecticut Local News (March 2, 2009)

Rewarding Positive Behavior - Mt. Vernon Register News (August 22, 2008)

Positive behavior support plan to transform negative behavior to positive in the Swartz Creek School District - Swartz Creek News (July 03, 2008)

Public Schools Prepare to Educate Kids with Autism - NPR (August 15, 2007)