OUSD PBIS

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What is PBIS? Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a nationally recognized framework for shifting school culture from punitive to culturally responsive and positively reinforcing. School communities collaborate to create and practice school-wide behavior expectations. These expectations are taught and positively reinforced throughout the school day. Minor and major disciplinary infractions are clearly defined as well as the associated interventions and consequences designed to teach, re-teach, and reinforce the skills needed to meet the expectations. Nationwide data on schools implementing PBIS indicate an average of 50% reduction in disciplinary events. In 2017-2018, 74 OUSD schools implement PBIS as an ongoing process to address the disproportionate referral of African American students for Special Education and suspension, and to create positive, supportive school environments for all children. How does PBIS support efforts to create a positive effective school climate and culture? All PBIS practices are founded on the belief that all children can exhibit appropriate behavior. Through direct instruction, modeling, and regular practice, all staff teach a consistent set of behavior expectations across all settings within the school. When students do not meet these behavioral expectations, it is viewed as a behavioral mistake and opportunity for skill-building, instead of punishment. PBIS provides a systemic data-driven process for identifying students in need of additional support and for delivering targeted and intensive interventions before students fail or face exclusion. PBIS integrates with SEL, Restorative Justice, and Trauma Informed Practices to bring a fully-faceted, evidence-based approach to building and sustaining positive school climate and culture.

Things that [adults] model very often influence how children behave as children and adults. For example, the way that [a...
05/17/2019
How to Get Your Kid to Do What You Say, Without Punishing

Things that [adults] model very often influence how children behave as children and adults. For example, the way that [adults] discipline children is how children discipline their peers. For [adults] who are very sarcastic, a child will be very sarcastic with their peers and so on. The more a child is hit by [adults], the more a child will hit his or her peers.

For problem behavior, spanking and even time-out are a waste of time. Try this instead.

"When done right, praise primes the brain for higher performance, which means that the more we praise, the more success ...
04/03/2019
This is the worst kind of praise to give

"When done right, praise primes the brain for higher performance, which means that the more we praise, the more success we create. And the more successes there are, the more there is to praise... research shows that the more you can authentically shine praise on everyone in your ecosystem, the more your potential, individually and collectively, rises."

One hint: it often ends with the letters “est.” And it can lead to competition and disappointment, says psychologist and workplace researcher Shawn Achor.

02/22/2019
ORCA: Oakland Restorative Community Action

ORCA: Oakland Restorative Community Action

Elementary students speak out for RJ and PBIS, libraries and mental health in their schools. Their message to the OUSD Board of Education:
Students need support and services books and healthy relationships to succeed. Don’t cut RJ...

This is what it’s all about.
12/13/2018

This is what it’s all about.

“A six-year-old to me is not good or bad. Every behavior “issue” is a form of communication. It is my job to figure out what they're trying to communicate, what need is not being met, to meet that need, to see the result. The behavior will change. I have an unwavering belief that every student wants to learn. I have worked with middle school, high school, elementary, and I've never met a student who didn't want to learn. I've met angry students, lonely students, sad students. But I have never met a student, when you take the time to build a relationship, didn't want to learn to read or do addition or subtraction or whatever. So, whenever I meet a student, I meet them where they're at. I generally don't ask for feedback on their history, because where I'm meeting them is where they're at. I don't care if they got kicked out of two schools or are the biggest behavior issue in their class. You’re here. I'm here. I want to give you a chance, let me know how I can help.”

-- Lori Casillas | K-5 Resource Specialist at Piedmont Elementary

#teachersofoakland #communication #learn #students #relationships #here

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"See a child differently, you see a different child."
12/07/2018

"See a child differently, you see a different child."

10/22/2018
09/04/2018
Edutopia

Relationships are everything.

When socializing doesn’t mean "off-task": research shows that we learn more when socially engaged.

A big warm welcome to 2018-2019 school year from the OUSD PBIS Team!
08/13/2018
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A big warm welcome to 2018-2019 school year from the OUSD PBIS Team!

Trauma Informed Positive Behaviour Support
07/30/2018

Trauma Informed Positive Behaviour Support

tipbs.com #traumainformed #childtrauma2018

Join the OUSD Behavioral Health team!
07/19/2018
Behavior Specialist - Oakland, CA - Indeed.com

Join the OUSD Behavioral Health team!

Behavior Specialist: (1) will provide direct services and consultation to general education students, staff and parents in order to support students who have difficulties conforming to acceptable behavior patterns with the general education setting; (2) will implement and/or oversee the implementati...

Community Matters, creators of Safe School Ambassadors Program
06/27/2018

Community Matters, creators of Safe School Ambassadors Program

Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear. -Nelson Mandela

Common Core Math Resources
06/03/2018

Common Core Math Resources

Ultimately, the new study finds limited support for the idea that being able to delay gratification leads to better outc...
06/03/2018
Bigger Than Your Block

Ultimately, the new study finds limited support for the idea that being able to delay gratification leads to better outcomes. Instead, it suggests that the capacity to hold out for a second marshmallow is shaped in large part by a child’s social and economic background—and, in turn, that that background, not the ability to delay gratification, is what’s behind kids’ long-term success.

If you've attended a workshop with me, there's a good chance I've shown you The Marshmallow Experiment. We all laugh as the little kids try to stop themselves from scarfing down the marshmallow so they will get two.

Perhaps we've missed the point of the video. Perhaps it wasn't about delaying gratification and instead it was about poverty versus wealth.

"And for poor children, indulging in a small bit of joy today can make life feel more bearable, especially when there’s no guarantee of more joy tomorrow."

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/06/marshmallow-test/561779/

05/18/2018
Trauma Informed Positive Behaviour Support
05/05/2018

Trauma Informed Positive Behaviour Support

tipbs.com #pbis #traumainformed #iteachtoo #traumainformedpbs

Midwest PBIS Network
05/04/2018
Midwest PBIS Network

Midwest PBIS Network

High School Teams! Brush up on those reinforcers!!

There is emerging evidence that adolescents' neural responses to negative feedback may mature later than responses to positive feedback. Read more here...

Intentional, empathic, compassionate choices are the best!
04/25/2018

Intentional, empathic, compassionate choices are the best!

Stop-think-speak. Be sure to check out Plant Love Grow. tipbs.com #pbis #traumainformed #iteachtoo #traumainformedpbs

04/21/2018

Yesterday's climate and culture meeting at WOMS was incredibly productive! We reviewed student focus group data on cutting class to brainstorm action steps for staff. Some insights students offered: "make content interesting, include info about students' history, " be positive even if previous class was difficult," "smile more"
#straightfromthesource #studentengagement #ousdpbis #pbis #iamousd #westoakland #WOMS
https://www.instagram.com/p/BhzGsj9lz1M/

Big shout out to Cleveland Elementary! Cleveland was recognized as California Distinguished School, specifically for the...
04/04/2018
2018 CA Distinguished Schools Announced - Year 2018 (CA Dept of Education)

Big shout out to Cleveland Elementary! Cleveland was recognized as California Distinguished School, specifically for their work on PBIS and positive school culture. They were one of only five schools called out by the state department of education in their press release about the selection!
In the words of Principal Peter Van Tassel: "We were selected as a nominee in early February and completed an extensive application to show our data and what we had accomplished through our school wide PBIS program, and the final awardees were announced Monday. We were the only school in Oakland to be selected, and one of less than 300 schools statewide." https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr18/yr18rel24.asp Joyce Young

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2018 California Distinguished Schools

Safe Schools Action Network
03/31/2018

Safe Schools Action Network

Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility.

"...among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last. The seven top...
03/16/2018
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

"...among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last. The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas."

Google blog: Google finds STEM skills aren’t the most important ones—SEL ranks high.

Oakland Unified School District
03/15/2018

Oakland Unified School District

Student leaders at Oakland Tech are reading the names and short descriptions of people who have been lost to gun violence here in Oakland and across the country. The crowd of 2000 students is silent. #WeWillRemember

03/10/2018
Remember the beginning of the year? You had goals, and plans, and hopes for how the year was going to go... Now is the p...
02/13/2018
13 Ways to Get Ready for Spring

Remember the beginning of the year? You had goals, and plans, and hopes for how the year was going to go... Now is the perfect time to plan a strong finish. Focus on what is possible. February is your setup month; it’s the month for reviewing the goals you set and modifying your action plan according to the data.

PBISApps is the maker of the School-Wide Information System (SWIS) Suite, PBIS Assessment, and PBIS Evaluation. Our applications have been implemented in more than 25,000 schools in the US and abroad. PBISApps has been making schools safer, more productive places for more than a decade by empowering...

Flip it! Getting students to think about behaving badly helps them arrive at positive norms—and such reverse thinking ma...
02/03/2018
Edutopia

Flip it! Getting students to think about behaving badly helps them arrive at positive norms—and such reverse thinking may work in other situations as well.

Here’s a question students don’t expect to hear from a teacher: “How can we make sure to get kicked out of the museum today?”

"When we engage our students from the onset, we reduce negative behaviors while creating experiences that are emotion-pa...
01/05/2018
Ring Their Bells: A New Way to Deliver Bell Work

"When we engage our students from the onset, we reduce negative behaviors while creating experiences that are emotion-packed, drive curiosity, and deliver brain states of anticipation and intrigue."

Because students bring a broad variety of needs and emotions, start class with bell work that engages their working memory and sets the tone for positive, productive learning.

12/30/2017
Edutopia

A powerful and simple way to bring student voice into 5:1!

[Best of 2017] Got 60 seconds? Our new series of strategies that we can explain in one minute (or less) was super-popular.

This simple, community-building tactic called shout-outs was one of the most watched videos of the year.

12/27/2017
Edutopia

What's in your peace corner?

[Best of 2017] At Fall-Hamilton Elementary in Nashville, TN, “peace corners” are integrated into every classroom, giving students time and space to manage their emotions.

The video got tons of teacher love, and was one of our most popular of the year.

Stress and anxiety affect learning, resilience, and health in students and teachers alike.  Learning how to manage stres...
12/12/2017
Quick Classroom Exercises to Combat Stress

Stress and anxiety affect learning, resilience, and health in students and teachers alike. Learning how to manage stress is an important Tier 1 practice. Here are some fun stress reduction activities. Which do you like best?

9 brain breaks and focused-attention practices.

11/30/2017
HrtWarming

HrtWarming

What an amazing teacher...

Imagine that students have radio beacons in their hearts. These beacons pour out the same basic message over and over ag...
11/17/2017
Educational Leadership:The Positive Classroom:Assuming the Best

Imagine that students have radio beacons in their hearts. These beacons pour out the same basic message over and over again:
We want to learn and participate. We want to be positive. Please teach us appropriate behavior as well as content. Please know that we often want to narrate the noises in our heads, but we need you to honor our hearts at the same time. Please be compassionate, allowing us our wants as you honor our needs.

Here is how to make it happen:
http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept08/vol66/num01/Assuming-the-Best.aspx

When Paul Kilkenny, a mentor teacher in East San Jose, California, works with teachers, he occasionally finds himself in the role of cheerleader. He notes,

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Here's what I wonder: What would happen if we taught behavior expectations with our best instructional practices?
What are the best next steps a district should take?
Principal Maddie Noonan of Think College Now shares her expertise!
What is your school's Tier 1? "Our schools don’t [just] need a counselor’s office where kids in apparent crisis get pulled out of class for a talk. They need a universal approach that helps all students better understand their own development, challenges, triggers, and helps them develop practical strategies to cope and prosper. Every teenager needs this. And universalizing the program destigmatizes it."