Your PBIS Program: Ready to Roll (Out)
Once your Behavior Matrix and incentives scales have been set, you can start to plan your School-Wide PBIS program roll-out:
SET A DATE
When setting a date, most schools find it easiest to have a plan start at the beginning of a semester or grading period. At that point, everything is starting from scratch, anyways, so it is the most natural and unobtrusive time to introduce a new program.
GET TEACHERS ON BOARD
It is important to make sure all of your teachers are trained and aware of how to recognize and appoint points for positive behavior in advance of your roll-out date. Points will be issued on day one, so while a certain learning curve should be expected, so should basic familiarity.
INFORM THE STUDENTS
Students should also know all the details. They need to know when the plan is starting, how points will be issued, and what incentives there are. Generating excitement among the student population is one of the easiest ways for early adoption to happen. If they are aware of the expectations and benefits of the program, they will be more active participants. Posters, announcements, and letters are all great ways to spread the word.
Day One may feel overwhelming, even if you only choose to track a small number of positive behaviors. Therefore, it may feel more comfortable to start small during the initial roll-out. Here are a few suggestions from some of our schools on ways to get used to the new process:
- A “Behavior Calendar” can help break up your behaviors so that certain things are being tracked on particular days or weeks. This information is communicated out to the teachers only, but they would know, for example, that on Monday they would track for Proper ID usage and Wednesday for Class Participation. Or that for the entire first week of the month they would give points for Random Acts of Kindness, the second week Extra Credit, etc. This gives teachers time to become intimately familiar with the process without being bogged down by recognizing and appointing points or multiple behaviors.
- Spread out all of the behaviors so that each department can focus their energy on tracking just one (alternating) action at a time.
- Make a PA announcement with a positive behavior spot check. Something like, “OK, Teachers, give a point to all students wearing their IDs right now.” This keeps the activity spontaneous and the planning off of the teachers’ plates.