June 2012

Website Spotlight: Discussion Boards

The Wisconsin PBIS Network added three discussion boards to the website, each for a different audience.

  • The public discussion board is open to all educators, administrators, coaches, parents, and community members.
  • The coaches’ discussion board is open to internal and external PBIS coaches.
  • The trainers’ discussion board is open by invitation only for Wisconsin PBIS Network trainers.

We hope that schools will use these boards to share questions and ideas on their PBIS implementation. Click here to sign up for the public discussion board or request access to the coaches’ discussion board. 

2012 Summer Leadership Team Conference

Save the Date!

The annual Wisconsin PBIS Network Summer Leadership Team Conference will be held August 14-15, 2012 at the Wilderness Territory in Wisconsin Dells. We are very pleased to be hosting George Sugai as our keynote speaker this year. More information will be posted on our website as it becomes available. 

Submissions for poster/multimedia presentations now being accepted

We are inviting submissions for poster/multimedia presentations at the 2012 Summer Leadership Team Conference. The poster/multimedia presentations will be a featured part of our networking reception held on August 14 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Poster/multimedia presentations provide a fun and informal opportunity to share detailed examples of what you have done and learned while implementing PBIS in your school or district and to encourage one-on-one sharing. Poster/multimedia presentations may address a range of topics along the school-wide PBIS continuum (tier 1/universal, tier 2/selected, and tier 3/intensive), including outcomes, variations, experiences, successes, and challenges. Visit our conference webpage for additional information on poster/multimedia presentations and a link to the presentation proposal form.

District Leadership Team Summit

The Wisconsin PBIS Network and CESA 5 will be sponsoring a district leadership team summit at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells on May 1. At this summit, district leadership teams develop a plan for PBIS implementation and sustainability. Teams should include district and building administrators, a school board member, a parent representative, teachers, and PBIS internal and external coaches. More information on this summit and registration information can be found on our website.

TIPS Training

The Wisconsin PBIS Network is sponsoring Team Initiated Problem Solving (TIPS) training. TIPS training is a three-day sequence; coaches attend the first day, and teams attend the second and third days. The first two days of this sequence will be held May 7 and 8 at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells. The third day will be held in fall 2012. At TIPS training, teams learn practical procedures that they can use during team meetings to identify, address, and resolve students’ behavioral and academic problems. A key feature of TIPS is its emphasis on team members’ ongoing use of data to inform decision making at each step of the problem solving process. For more information, including registration information, please visit the registration site on My Quick Reg.

External Coach Forums

Spring external coach forums are coming up soon! One forum will be held in Eau Claire on April 18. The same material will be repeated in De Pere on April 20. Topics to be covered include systems coaching, procedures for completing the Benchmarks of Quality (BoQ) and Benchmarks for Advanced Tiers (BAT), and creating an action plan using data collected with these fidelity tools. 

PBIS School Recognition

Applications are now available for schools to be recognized as 2011–12 PBIS Schools of Merit or PBIS Schools of Distinction. All applications are due by 4:30pm, May 4. Notification of recognition will be sent out by June 1.

Schools of Merit are 

  • implementing critical elements of tier 1/universal PBIS with fidelity (as measured by the BoQ);
  • using behavioral data (Big 5 data) within a problem solving framework in order to improve the outcomes of students; and
  • using fidelity tools (www.pbisassessment.org) regularly to self-assess and plan implementation efforts.

The School of Merit application can be downloaded here

Schools of Distinction are

  • sustaining fidelity implementation of critical elements of tier 1/universal PBIS (as demonstrated by a minimum of two consecutive years of BoQ results); 
  • demonstrating that their sustained implementation has had positive effects on their academic and/or behavioral data;  
  • implementing PBIS throughout the school environment, including classrooms; 
  • involving parents and the community to ensure the continued success of PBIS implementation in the school; and 
  • examining data to ensure that the tier 1/universal system is effective for all groups of students.

The School of Distinction application can be downloaded here.

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Wisconsin PBIS Success Stories

In the PBIS Post, we like to include success stories written by educators at schools implementing PBIS. The stories are short descriptions (with data) of problem areas, what was done about them, and what the outcomes were. Outcomes can be anything from a reduction in the number of office discipline referrals (overall or in a particular location, time, etc.), to a reduction in suspensions/expulsions, or even an improvement in school climate. Celebrating successes are a staple in PBIS team meetings, and we would love to share your story in the PBIS Post. Please submit your stories to the Wisconsin PBIS Network at schindelc@wisconsinPBISnetwork.org.

School District of Crandon

The School District of Crandon houses all three schools in one building. The 2011–12 school year began by kicking off tier 1/universal PBIS with all students and staff. Preparation for the kickoff started in January 2011 when the district PBIS team was formed. From the beginning, the strength of Crandon’s team was the amount of time the administration allowed for planning. The team had a total of nine full working days to plan for the fall kickoff. This allowed the team time to not only tackle the action plan but also to build a strong camaraderie amongst the members. 

A key component the team worked on was building staff confidence in PBIS. The district had seen initiatives come and go in the past. It was the team’s mission to instill the belief that PBIS was here to stay in the School District of Crandon. The staff received two inservice trainings on tier 1, in spring 2011 and fall 2011. Laying a strong foundation has enabled PBIS to maintain its current success. The communication with the staff has continued during the school year by having weekly email updates from the administration listing current PBIS goals, SWIS data, reminders to handout Cardinal Cash, and tips on how to acknowledge students. 

During the first semester, the primary sources of data were SWIS, attendance, and grade reports. The PBIS goal for first quarter in the middle/high school was to increase attendance by 1 percent compared to last year’s first quarter. Both buildings increased attendance by 3.3 percent, and the elementary had a 3.7 percent increase in attendance. Compared to fall 2010, failure rates for the first quarter dropped by 36 percent in the high school and 18.4 percent in the middle school. The SWIS data shows a decrease in the average number of referrals from September to December. The classroom has been the location with the highest number of referrals according to the SWIS data. Referrals in the classroom have dropped by 44 percent from September to December.

The SAS data show tremendous growth in knowledge and implementation of PBIS. The SAS was completed by staff in March 2011 and November 2011. In six months, there was a notable increase in all areas for all three buildings. In all three buildings, “expectations defined” and “management” went up over 40 percent.

The community has been incredibly supportive in bringing PBIS to Crandon. Two local Native American Tribes — Potawatomi and Sokaogon Chippewa — have contributed over $500 each in acknowledgements for students and staff such as T-shirts, gas cards, and hotels stays. Local businesses have donated coupons for the students such as free swimming and bowling.

PBIS has had a significant impact on the Crandon School District in a short amount of time. The success of this first semester is due to having a supportive administration, a dedicated PBIS team, and a generous community. The PBIS team is excited about what the future holds for Crandon and PBIS!