Teachers know that fewer disruptions in the classroom means more time for learning and quieter hallways create a more harmonious environment for everyone.Two years ago, Westside Community Schools became the first school district in the state to begin training one-on-one with the Nebraska Department of Education to provide one consistent behavior support program for all students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.The model, called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBiS, focuses on a process of teaching and encouraging positive behaviors, said Jim Sides, the District’s director of secondary teaching and learning.
PBiS, while not discipline-free, gives kids a chance to correct or recalibrate their behavior. “It’s treating kids with respect,” Sides said. “The days of just saying to a kid, ‘Because I told you so,’ are gone.” While a number of schools across the state already use the model, Westside’s training was tailored to the District and PBiS coaches have been assigned to guide implementation.
Westside High School began rolling out their PBiS program at the secondary level in 2015-16. Pre-K through middle school PBiS teams had three days of training during the month of June refining procedures and PBiS philosophy along with all new staff receiving training during their induction sessions. The elementary and middle school started implementing the PBiS philosophy in 2009.
Westside Staff, please click here for more information from our June training.