I am part of the school PBIS team. Have you heard of it? It’s a system a lot of school districts across the Nation are using. It is a 3 tier system for identifying and correcting student behaviors. We have had some hiccups and teacher buy-in is not 100%. I feel overall student behavior on our campus is on an upswing. I also think the PBIS system could be a long term fix for some of the mental health issues our country is facing. If the system is worked right I think we are identifying people who need support early and offering them tools to live healthy lives.
At the bottom-tier, all students are engaged in school-wide lessons and a positive rewards system. Lessons at this tier are for situations like walking down the correct side of a hall, how to approach a teacher about a grade, or the dangers of vaping.
At the second-tier, a site trained specialist steps in and counsels the students who need more individualized support. One of the interventions that can take place is a check-in/check-out system. Students meet with an adult at the beginning of the day who reminds them how to deal with the negative behaviors the student has a pattern of engaging in. Each teacher signs off on the student’s behavior at the end of the period. At the end of the day, the student checks-out with the same adult they saw at the beginning of the day for a pep talk depending on the logged responses.
Third-tier interventions are conducted by highly trained professionals for students who will probably struggle for the rest of their lives for one reason or another. Oppositional defiant students usually fall into this tier. The team of specialists develops a plan to help support this student and their teachers.