Presentation Title

Reaching and Maintaining PBIS Operational Level in an Alternative Setting

Brief Biography

Thiago Aleixo is a native of Brazil. He was recruited to attend Mercer University on a full soccer scholarship. He received a Bachelor in Business Administration. He then attended the University of Saint Mary as a Graduate Assistant for the men’s and women’s soccer program. He received a Masters in Business Administration. Mr. Aleixo got his first job in the education field as a paraprofessional at Elam Alexander (GNETS), in Macon, GA. He joined the TAPP program and taught for 4 years as a Lead Teacher. In 2012, he received the award of Bibb County Teacher of the Year. He went into the administration level in 2012 serving as the assistant treatment coordinator at Elam for 2 years. He is currently the program treatment coordinator at Elam

Alexander.

Hanna Kiser is a TSD for Standards of Practice at Elam Alexander Academy, in Macon, Georgia. Hanna has provided community mental health and educational consultative services since 2011. Hanna holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia College & State University, a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, and a Specialist of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. Hanna Kiser is Elam Alexander Academy's 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year.

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

Thiago Aleixo – Specialist in Education (educational leadership degree)

Hanna Kiser: Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction

Presentation Abstract

“After 3 years of changing obstacles into challenges and challenges into goals, we have been able to reach and maintain operational level under PBIS. An operational school has scored 80% on school-wide benchmarks of quality; school-wide benchmarks of quality consider the critical elements of PBS team, faculty commitment, effective procedures for dealing with discipline, data analysis, and the development of rules and expectations. This journey has been a teaching experience for our staff and students at Elam Alexander Academy, GNETS program. PBIS is about creating school-wide discipline codes of conduct that align with the PBIS framework, using problem solving process to reduce office discipline referrals, acknowledgement systems, and creating an overall positive school climate. In order for our team to maintain operational level we have to continually meet to review data and provide strategies and interventions that effectively impact our school. We would like to share lessons from our journey and to share experiences with others who envision the same process. Participants will become familiar with specific strategies of implementing school-wide PBIS, learn a framework for evaluating school-wide behavior data, and understand the need for comprehensive plans for wraparound support. Participants will achieve these objectives through process analysis, in-depth case study, collaborative planning, and a question and answer session. ”

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Reaching and Maintaining PBIS Operational Level in an Alternative Setting

“After 3 years of changing obstacles into challenges and challenges into goals, we have been able to reach and maintain operational level under PBIS. An operational school has scored 80% on school-wide benchmarks of quality; school-wide benchmarks of quality consider the critical elements of PBS team, faculty commitment, effective procedures for dealing with discipline, data analysis, and the development of rules and expectations. This journey has been a teaching experience for our staff and students at Elam Alexander Academy, GNETS program. PBIS is about creating school-wide discipline codes of conduct that align with the PBIS framework, using problem solving process to reduce office discipline referrals, acknowledgement systems, and creating an overall positive school climate. In order for our team to maintain operational level we have to continually meet to review data and provide strategies and interventions that effectively impact our school. We would like to share lessons from our journey and to share experiences with others who envision the same process. Participants will become familiar with specific strategies of implementing school-wide PBIS, learn a framework for evaluating school-wide behavior data, and understand the need for comprehensive plans for wraparound support. Participants will achieve these objectives through process analysis, in-depth case study, collaborative planning, and a question and answer session. ”