Presentation Title

Get on Board: Positive Behavior Interventions on the School Bus

Highest Degree of Primary Presenter

Doctorate Degree

Presentation Abstract

The Positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) framework is not limited to the main school building and should be extended across various school settings such as the school bus (Kennedy, 2016). Two counties in rural Tennessee successfully applied a universal PBIS school bus framework following the recommendations of Kennedy (2016) and Bronaugh (2008). One district employed in-house bus drivers whereas the other district contracted outside bus drivers. This session will bridge strategies from both counties to provide practitioners resources and ideas to initiate a PBIS framework on one or multiple school buses. Discussion will include developing expectations across buses, rewards, training methods, the reaction of participating staff, and consequences. Additionally, one county representative will discuss a school bus driver system that included mentoring in the form of driver check ins and monthly newsletters with a Strategy of the Month. Presenters will discuss their overall results and answer audience members’ questions about implementing bus behavior management systems in their own settings. Data regarding reduced school bus discipline referrals and high measures of social validity in one county will also be shared.

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Get on Board: Positive Behavior Interventions on the School Bus

The Positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) framework is not limited to the main school building and should be extended across various school settings such as the school bus (Kennedy, 2016). Two counties in rural Tennessee successfully applied a universal PBIS school bus framework following the recommendations of Kennedy (2016) and Bronaugh (2008). One district employed in-house bus drivers whereas the other district contracted outside bus drivers. This session will bridge strategies from both counties to provide practitioners resources and ideas to initiate a PBIS framework on one or multiple school buses. Discussion will include developing expectations across buses, rewards, training methods, the reaction of participating staff, and consequences. Additionally, one county representative will discuss a school bus driver system that included mentoring in the form of driver check ins and monthly newsletters with a Strategy of the Month. Presenters will discuss their overall results and answer audience members’ questions about implementing bus behavior management systems in their own settings. Data regarding reduced school bus discipline referrals and high measures of social validity in one county will also be shared.