Jamestown Board Of Education Hears PBIS Presentation

Maureen Diehl, behavior analyst and PBIS consultant, kicked-off a PBIS presentation at the Jamestown Board of Education meeting Tuesday. The meeting was held at Persell Middle School. P-J photo by Katrina Fuller

The Jamestown Public Schools District Board of Education heard a presentation on PBIS, the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program.

The behavior program is districtwide, and is an organized, data-driven system of interventions, strategies and supports that positively impact schoolwide and individual behaviors. Maureen Diehl, behavior analyst and PBIS consultant, started off the presentation by explaining a little bit about the program. She said the program involves Tier 1: Universal; Tier 2: Supplemental, Targeted; and Tier 3: Intensive, Individualized.

“If a student doesn’t respond to (Tier 1), we layer on interventions,” Diehl said.

She said the program has been heavily researched and focuses on using data to drive decisions. The programs have been implemented at all schools, however Jamestown High School implemented Tier 1 of the program last year.  Diehl showed the board members data which pointed to a decrease in discipline referrals in September and October of 2015 compared to September and October of 2016 in the elementary schools. The graph also showed a slight increase in discipline referrals at the middle school level, from 163 in 2015 to 188 in 2016. Diehl said this could be a difference in data compilation efficiency at the middle school level, as the process has been streamlined.

The high school only had data recorded from 2016, so there was no comparison. Diehl said they are still compiling data.

Principals from a variety of schools throughout the district then presented the different facets of the program, including Tier 1; the Second Step curriculum; Check In, Check Out; Social Academic Instructional Groups; Morning Meetings; R-Time; and the Planning Center. Each area is a different way schools in the district are using PBIS. While it may look slightly different in each school, PBIS is being used at all levels of the district. Parts of the program required that students be taught learning behaviors just as they would be taught anything else, as in the Second Step Curriculum or the R-TIme, whereas other components like the Planning Center allow students to have a time away from situations to reflect that isn’t In School Suspension.

The Planning Center is currently being piloted at Washington Middle School, said Principal Melissa Emerson. The center is used as a transition area, and is not a negative place. For example, if a student is returning to school from an in school suspension, it is possible for the student to spend some time in the Planning Center to readjust.

“We’re in the infancy stages,” Emerson said. “But, so far, so good. It’s a culture shift because there is no more in school suspension anymore.