Title

The NHS School Culture Cycle: Defining and Modeling PBIS Roles for Teachers and Students

Location

Ballroom F

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Relevance

The Newton High School PBIS Team’s presentation connects to the Social and Emotional Skills strand of the National Youth-At-Risk Conference theme. As indicated in the title, The NHS School Culture Cycle: Defining and Modeling PBIS Roles for Teachers and Students, the main topic addressed will be the impact of PBIS on the school climate. As presenters break down the teacher’s role in PBIS implementation, specific strategies will be given for character education, achievement motivation, and setting individual and class goals. The RAMbassadorS portion of the presentation will provide details pertaining to the training and development of positive identity, student empowerment, and leadership skills within the NHS student body.

Brief Program Description

Data supports a successful impact on student behavior and achievement at Newton High School, a Title I school serving 2,200 students 35 miles East of Atlanta. The objective of this presentation is to provide guidance and resources that will aide new PBIS high schools in clearly defining the teacher’s role in PBIS and creating a PBIS student advisory organization.

Summary

At Newton High School, the new school culture revolves around the theme RAMS RISE! Now in its third year of PBIS implementation, data supports a successful impact on student behavior and academic achievement. The goals of this presentation are to share the gains made with PBIS at Newton High School and demonstrate how high schools can strengthen their PBIS initiative. Presenters will help high school teachers feel less overwhelmed with the idea of implementing PBIS in their daily routine: a. by offering a step-by-step guide of what it looks like to implement PBIS in their classrooms on a daily/weekly/monthly basis b. by providing PBIS resources, strategies, and examples of PBIS best practices utilized at NHS Presenters will give an in-depth explanation of the development of their PBIS student organization to include: a. RAMbassadorS: Modeling the Ideal RAMS - using students to exemplify school expectations of success focusing on the following characteristics: mindset, service, and appearance b. Laying the groundwork: Preparing student leaders for service from application process to active duty Presenters will share PBIS best practices, resources, and documents to aide in implementation so that at the conclusion of this session, attendees will: a. have a clear understanding of the teacher’s role in PBIS b. be equipped with strategies to create and maintain a student-centered atmosphere that is structured, positive, and cooperative c. be prepared to design and support a PBIS student advisory organization

Evidence

The team will provide quantitative and narrative evidence as proof that PBIS and student leadership is working to improve school culture at the high school level. Data analysis from the SWIS data system will be presented to show declines in specific problem behaviors. In addition to hands-on demonstrations of PBIS best practices, the team will also share photos and testimonies from classroom teachers about the impact of PBIS and the positive role of the student advisory organization.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Adrienne Boisson has been the Newton High School Graduation Coach since 2012. Her roles on the NHS PBIS Team are the Communications Liaison and RAMbassadorS Advisor. She is a former Math teacher and was voted 2009 Teacher of the Year at Newton High School.

Andre Byrd has been on the Newton High School faculty since 2009. He currently serves as the PBIS Coach and RAMbassadorS Advisor for NHS. Additionally, he is a Special Educator in the Science Department and the reigning 2014 2-AAAAAA Baseball Region Coach of the Year.

Chris Williams has been on the Newton High School faculty since 2010. Her role on the NHS PBIS Team is RAMbassadorS Advisor. She has served as the Science Department Chair for 3 years and has been a PBIS Team Member for 3 years. She was recently voted the 2014 Newton High School Teacher of the Year.

Keyword Descriptors

data, example, expectations, high school, PBIS, rewards system, school culture, strategies, student organization, uniforms

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-3-2015 2:45 PM

End Date

3-3-2015 4:00 PM

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Mar 3rd, 2:45 PM Mar 3rd, 4:00 PM

The NHS School Culture Cycle: Defining and Modeling PBIS Roles for Teachers and Students

Ballroom F

Data supports a successful impact on student behavior and achievement at Newton High School, a Title I school serving 2,200 students 35 miles East of Atlanta. The objective of this presentation is to provide guidance and resources that will aide new PBIS high schools in clearly defining the teacher’s role in PBIS and creating a PBIS student advisory organization.