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School-wide Positive Behavioral Supports
The South East Consortium for Special Education Regional Host Institute is a BEST Behavior Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) Institute for five school districts located in the city of San Jose, including Mount Pleasant, Berryessa, Alum Rock, Franklin McKinley and Evergreen. The project leader is Jennifer Willis. During our buddy interview, we learned that this behavior reform has two layers of leadership; the project leaders and site teams.
Representatives from the following roles have been encouraged to attend, teachers; both regular and special education, administrators, classified staff, parents, and agencies. This initiative has support from top administrators. Parents were invited but were not required to attend for this grant. Three days of training will be provided this year, two days in year two and one day in year three.
The goal and desired outcome is to promote an evidence-based universal support system that will lead to fewer office discipline referrals and therefore fewer suspensions and expulsions for students. The research on positive behavioral support systems shows a strong relationship between fidelity to the system and increases in academic performance.
Jeffery Sprague from the University of Oregon facilitated trainings for the institute over three days. Technical Assistance on Restorative Justice will occur via skype. There will be two 1-hour skype presentations for the elementary K-6 grades and two 1-hour presentations for the middle to high schools 7-12 grades.
This teams “Aha” moment was that they needed to slow down and plan, get buy in from school teams and how hungry are teachers for systemic changes. The biggest challenge for this project has been to keep information flowing between sites.
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