Record-breaking 18 schools receive state recognition for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support
Last year, 15 UCPS schools received state recognition for their Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) systems, the data-driven initiatives that improve social competence and academic achievement for students. The occasion marked the highest number of schools in district history to be recognized by the state for helping to create a positive and safe school wide culture.
This year, UCPS schools are making history again with a record 18 schools being recognized by the NC Department of Public Instruction for supporting high student performance while simultaneously reducing behavioral problems. The schools received recognition in two of the three categories: Green Ribbon and Model.
“With our PBIS systems, we want our students to know that they have people who they can trust and who care for them when they’re in school,” said Porter Ridge Middle Principal Dr. Brian Patience, whose school received a Green Ribbon PBIS award. “Our goal is to teach students the importance of having skills that they can use in relationships and interactions with people, not just in school but throughout the rest of their lives.”
PBIS systems have six features: total staff commitment to managing behavior, clearly defined and communicated school-wide expectations and rules, clearly defined consequences for unwanted behaviors, an instructional component for teaching students expected behaviors, a support plan to address the needs of students with chronic, challenging behaviors and procedures for acknowledging appropriate behaviors.
At some schools, students and classes who follow school wide expectations can earn celebrations such as popcorn parties, prizes, extra playing time in the gym or even the opportunity to have a field day. Students who follow expectations on the bus can even earn tickets from bus drivers, which they can then turn in at their school for recognition.
At Porter Ridge Middle, students who exhibit the school’s newly established four core values – Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Prepared and Be Safe – have the opportunity to earn “dollars” which could then be redeemed for “money” in the school’s PBIS store.
It’s a simple effort that has yielded big benefits.
The middle school experienced a significant reduction in the number of behavior referrals during the first six weeks of school as compared to the same time period last year. Additionally, student and teacher attendance are several percentage points higher than in years past.
This year, Porter Ridge Middle is implementing the second phase of its PBIS system, which will include a check-in/check-out mentor program that pairs every teacher with one or two students to mentor. Porter Ridge Middle teacher Corrine Hart said this program will ultimately provide students with a positive adult relationship and a role model they can rely on for guidance, support and encouragement.
“We’ve been able to reach and personalize their education and develop relationships with students in so many ways through this,” Dr. Patience said. “These past few months have been the best that we’ve had in years. It’s been incredible.”
The following Green Ribbon and Model schools will be recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction at its 2018 Recognition Program on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
- Monroe Middle
- Porter Ridge Middle
- Parkwood Middle
- Piedmont Middle
- Prospect Elementary
- Sardis Elementary
- Sun Valley Elementary
- South Providence
- Western Union Elementary
- Wingate Elementary
- East Elementary
- Fairview Elementary
- Indian Trail Elementary
- Marshville Elementary
- Shiloh Elementary
- Sun Valley Middle
- Union Elementary
- Waxhaw Elementary