Presentation Title

PBIS - Through the Eyes of A Child

Brief Biography

Jessica Harris is currently the PBIS coach at Middle Ridge Elementary in Newton County. She served as the PBIS coach at Cousins Middle School for the past two years. She holds a BA Degree in Spanish, a Masters Degree in Special Education, and a Specialist Degree in Special Education. She has worked as a special education teacher in various settings for the last 14 years.

Amie Cumming is the assistant principal at Cousins Middle School. Ms. Cumming holds a BS Degree in Middle Grades Education, a Masters Degree in Elementary Education, and a Specialist in Educational Leadership. She has over 20 years of experience in education. The last 3 years have been spent overseeing discipline at Cousins. During this time, Ms. Cumming served as the administrator over the PBIS program. Cousins Middle School earned the operational status in the Spring 2014.

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

Educational Specialist in Special Education

Educational Specialist in Administration and Supervision

Presentation Abstract

Many schools are presented with the directive to implement a school wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) program with having little background knowledge on the critical elements necessary to see positive change in school culture. Program funding can also be a very daunting endeavor. Student and teacher buy-in can serve as another struggle in getting school wide initiatives implemented with fidelity. The need to increase student achievement, while the bar is constantly rising, also serves as another struggle for educators.

Cousins Middle School was presented the task of implementing a PBIS program. The development and configuration of the PBIS team served as the foundation to the program. The recognition protocol developed for students and faculty was also an instrumental factor to the success of our plan. The development of a PBIS Student Advisory Team and student input on reinforcers positively impacted student buy-in. The implementation of staff acknowledgements also served to increase teacher morale and positively impacted school culture. Many fundraising measures were put into place to address the need to fund the program without adding strain to decreasing school budgets. An increase in state standardized test scores can be linked to a significant decrease in office discipline referrals.

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PBIS - Through the Eyes of A Child

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Many schools are presented with the directive to implement a school wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) program with having little background knowledge on the critical elements necessary to see positive change in school culture. Program funding can also be a very daunting endeavor. Student and teacher buy-in can serve as another struggle in getting school wide initiatives implemented with fidelity. The need to increase student achievement, while the bar is constantly rising, also serves as another struggle for educators.

Cousins Middle School was presented the task of implementing a PBIS program. The development and configuration of the PBIS team served as the foundation to the program. The recognition protocol developed for students and faculty was also an instrumental factor to the success of our plan. The development of a PBIS Student Advisory Team and student input on reinforcers positively impacted student buy-in. The implementation of staff acknowledgements also served to increase teacher morale and positively impacted school culture. Many fundraising measures were put into place to address the need to fund the program without adding strain to decreasing school budgets. An increase in state standardized test scores can be linked to a significant decrease in office discipline referrals.