Lower Hudson’s Student Outcomes Conference (SOcon)!

In early June of 2018, over 250 educators and Regional Service Providers from across the Lower Hudson region gathered for a conference to celebrate school’s student outcomes and identify the practices and systems used to achieve them.

Garrison School SOcon Poster
John A. Coleman School’s Presentation at SOcon Conference

Student Outcomes Conference FLIER

Teams from 13 diverse settings, including Garrison School from Putnam County, presented workshops on their achieved Student Outcomes and measurable practices they implemented during the 2017-18 year.

SOCon Participants

NYC’s Second 4410 Cohort and Preschool Internal Coaches Institute!

This summer, Region 10 (NYC) launched their second 4410 Cohort! Eight 4410 preschools were trained in the program-wide implementation of the Pyramid Model Preschool Framework.

Participants engage in an activity during the Pyramid Model Module II Session

In June, Region 10 hosted the first Preschool Internal Coaches Institute for Cohort I. During this time the internal coaches had an opportunity to learn new content to support their work within their programs as well as network with other internal coaches from other programs.

Errick Road Elementary School Falcon Force Has Soaring Year!

Niagara-Wheatfield’s Errick Road Elementary School began the 2017-18 school year by implementing a new school-wide framework for developing positive behavior called PBIS. PBIS stands for positive behavior interventions and support. PBIS is a statewide-recognized system geared toward teaching students proper behavior, and then rewards students and classes that demonstrate those desired behaviors.

Principal Nora O’Bryan and her PBIS team worked on three to five behavioral expectations that would be easy for students to remember, which are: we are safe, we are respectful and we are responsible. A matrix was created of what each of the expectations would look like, sound like and feel like in the school wide areas.

To get the students more engaged they made the theme of their initiative a Star Wars one and called it May the Falcon Force Be With You – the falcon being the district’s mascot. The school year started off with a kickoff assembly. The assembly was used to promote the new PBIS framework and explain to students how they could earn Falcon cash and golden tickets by showing positive behaviors throughout the school. Teachers dressed up as Star Wars characters and O’Bryan introduced them by explaining how the characters showed the preferred behaviors expected at Errick Road.

The school’s approach is to reward students for demonstrating positive behaviors. Falcon cash is given to students when they show positive behaviors and golden tickets are given to the classroom when the entire class works together to show positive behaviors. Students and classrooms can cash in their tickets to purchase items at the school store known as the Galaxy Market. Golden tickets are cashed in to purchase classroom activities (disco party, pizza party, Lego party, extra P.E. etc.)

Also, every month, one student was chosen from every grade level that displays exemplary character and the Falcon Force expectations. The students are called Fabulous Falcons. A picture is taken and a brief description is written up about why they were chosen and displayed in the front foyer of the school. They are honored at monthly assemblies and given a falcon pendant. School staff also send postcards home to students for positive behaviors throughout the school year.

Teacher Anthony Vekich said, “Overall, the PBIS framework has made an impact on the Errick Road community this past school year. We are using common language, and children know the expectations in each area of their school environment. The assemblies, special recognition awards, school store shopping experiences and golden ticket parties have added so much positivity towards working and learning every day. We as educators feel PBIS is an opportunity to continue to foster kids’ intrinsic motivation, while also allowing them some fun and extrinsic rewards along the way. At Errick Road we teach children positive expected behaviors and how to feel good about doing the ‘right’ thing.”

The staff sent a special thank you to O’Bryan and the B.E.N. parent group for supporting and funding PBIS. Thanks to them, the school was able to purchase school store items, and other incentives for the children of Errick Road. Without the actively involved parents, PBIS would not be as successful as it’s been!

WNYpapers.com Newspaper Article

4th Annual Mid-Hudson RSE-TASC PBIS Showcase

The Mid-Hudson Region held their 4th annual RSE-TASC PBIS Showcase!

4th PBIS Showcase Flyer

Participating schools were able to highlight their successes from the 2017-2018 School Year. Schools also received Certificates of Appreciation from the RSE-TASC for their outstanding efforts!

Salt Point Center receiving a Certificate of Appreciation
Salt Point Center receiving a Certificate of Appreciation
Chester Elementary receiving a Certificate of Appreciation
Chester Elementary receiving a Certificate of Appreciation
Chester Elementary School PBIS Showcase Poster
Chester Elementary School PBIS Showcase Poster
Kingston City School District PBIS Showcase Poster
Kingston City School District PBIS Showcase Poster
Haviland PBIS Showcase Poster
Haviland PBIS Showcase Poster
Webutuck Highschool PBIS Showcase Poster
Webutuck Highschool PBIS Showcase Poster
EBIS Webutuck Central PBIS Showcase Poster
EBIS Webutuck Central PBIS Showcase Poster
WES Webutuck Central PBIS Showcase Poster
WES Webutuck Central PBIS Showcase Poster
Myers Tigers PBIS Showcase Poster
Myers Tigers PBIS Showcase Poster

PBIS Spotlight on Brockport Central School District

Brockport Central School District PBIS Team presents at APBS International Conference on Positive Behavior Support!

In March, members of the Brockport Central School District PBIS team presented during a poster session at the APBS International Conference on Positive Behavior Support in Denver, CO.  In a room filled with research and theory, they were one of only two school districts to be accepted for a poster session, which was very well attended with many compliments from participants.  The team highlighted an innovative approach to foster academic and behavioral growth through an aligned K-12 PBIS Instructional Settings matrix.  In an effort to strengthen tier 1 practices, the district team created this matrix to use within all classrooms with common language for grades K-5 and 6-12.  This practice necessitates teachers provide instruction on the expectations in the matrix as they relate to their specific routines and procedures.  The implementation of this practice allowed them to streamline behavioral data collection, begin merging academic and social-emotional learning, and increase staff ownership of teaching, modeling, and reinforcing behavioral expectations in all settings.

PBIS Instructional Settings Matrix for Grades UPK-5
PBIS Instructional Settings Matrix for Grades UPK-5
PBIS Instructional Settings Matrix for Grades 6-12
PBIS Instructional Settings Matrix for Grades 6-12

PS/MS 194 has gone from “Good to GREAT!”

Under the guidance of building principal Rosie Sifuentes-Rosado, PS/MS 194, a K-8 school in District 11 in NYC, is celebrating its sixth year of PBIS implementation.  Assistant Principal Christina VanZetta serves as the building’s internal coach and has been the driving force around sustaining the positive atmosphere of PBIS. PS/MS 194 has created GREAT (Goals, Respect, Excellence, Attitude, Team Player) expectations for their school!

Supported by Arthur Tobia of the RSE-TASC, PS/MS 194 has maintained a consistent level of fidelity on the Benchmarks of Quality (BoQ) over their years of implementation.  Arthur attributes their success of implementation to the staff/teams commitment to support behavior school-wide and VanZetta’s dedication as the coach.

Both the Tier 1 and 2/3 teams consistently meet on a weekly basis to monitor behavior data that drives their work in supporting students. Utilizing Tier 1 practices for all as well as CICO for students in need of Tier 2 supports has laid the foundation for the work they have begun with Tier 3 students. Always looking to improve their implementation, to meet the needs of all students, this year they produced matrices in multiple languages to address diverse population of learners embedded in their community. They also provide frequent booster sessions to staff to keep staff focused and current in their PBIS practices.

At this point PBIS icon “Tommy the Tiger” is well branded throughout the school. His greeting on the school sign outside the building lets you know immediately you are entering a PBIS school. Once inside there is strong physical vibrant presence of PBIS. “Tommy the Tiger” jumps off the walls on posters and bulletin boards throughout the building. He can also be found on school water bottles, as well as gift cards from Dunkin Donuts. He is even on their gymnasium floor. For the staff he is also on school memos and in PowerPoint presentations.

Students work to earn both individual and whole-class acknowledgements to gain entrance into the school store. In addition PS/MS 194 has a variety of events bringing in entertainment such as magician “Gary the Great” and the “Harlem Magic Masters” Basketball program. Ice cream parties and a variety of other fun events punctuate their years of practice as a part of their acknowledgement plan. The staff even did their own “Flash Mob” for the kids!

Congratulations to the Principal Sifuentes–Rosado as well as her PBIS Teams, students, and staff of PS/MS 194 for six “GREAT” years of being dedicated to creating a positive and collaborative place to learn!