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1 Overcoming The Odds Of Implementation In An Alternative Education Setting NWPBIS Spring 2016 Lina Bender & Amanda Thomas San Luis Obispo County Office of Education

2 Overview Getting started Forward progress in times of change Our next steps Agency Partners Lessons learned

3 MEET OUR PROGRAM SLOCOE Community School 3 sites; geographically placed across the county Students ranging from 7-12 th grades Staffing: Each site with 2-3 general education teachers 1 special education teacher 1-3 paraprofessionals 1 Assistant Principal Shared 1 School Counselor and 1 School Psychologist 1 shared Principal 1 Mental Health Therapist (agency partner) 1 Drug and Alcohol Counselor (agency partner) 1 Probation Officer (agency partner)

4 OUR TIMELINE Exploration & Adoption New Assistant Superintendent of Student Programs and Services Assessment and identification of needs in SLOCOE Alternative Education programs Research in PBIS and Restorative Practices

5 OUR TIMELINE : Beginning Installation August 2014: Dr. Sprague workshop for SLOCOE and agency partners

6 OUR TIMELINE : Beginning Installation Fall 2014 Beginning to establish some Universal components Defining School-Wide Behavioral Expectations Establishing a data collection/analysis system Developing a School- Wide Reinforcement System

7 OUR TIMELINE : Beginning Installation Spring 2015 Beginning to establish some Universal components Defining School-Wide Behavioral Expectations Establishing a data collection/analysis system Developing a School-Wide Reinforcement System

8 OUR TIMELINE : Beginning Installation Spring 2015 Beginning to establish some Universal components Defining School-Wide Behavioral Expectations Establishing a data collection/analysis system Developing a School-Wide Reinforcement System

9 AFTER YEAR 1 Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up. James Belasco and Ralph Stayer Flight of the Buffalo (1994)

10 ARE WE BOUGHT-IN YET? Where s the discipline? Why do we reward for what they should already do? PBIS coming out the a** What s your background/what are your credentials? How are prizes going to change behavior? This is too elementary/juvenile Probation is the only answer Just move them to another site 15% of Staff

11 ARE WE BOUGHT-IN YET? How will we recognize high attendance? Wow! [student] has really improved! Let s find a way to better handle transition time. Call home because [student] s test scores went up! Let s adjust lunch routines and see if that helps. Kids, make a rap about the Behavior Matrix (teacher and students battle) We need accurate data/let s track those behaviors We need Tier 2 interventions. 85% of Staff

12 AFTER YEAR 1 Staffing 2 new administrators 2 new teachers 2 new paraprofessionals 1 new probation officer shift in coordinator/ psychologist Process New SST process Adjusted intake/student handbook Practices Down with detention Discipline/Restorative Practices

13 THIS YEAR SWIS training for Administrators Finding common availability and tech resources Training materials on SWIS Practice/Follow up Outcomes: Data more available at sites Finding needs for interventions Data keeping/integrity improving

14 Reinforcement THIS YEAR Consistency following summer 2015 Student reinforcement survey Weekly bank accounts updated by main office Sites open student store for purchasing items/activities Monthly attendance awards/prizes Sites finding other special activities and acknowledgements Finding ways to recognize families/bring in parents

15 THIS YEAR Consequences/Discipline Admin using more de-escalation skills Looking at renewing staff de-escalation training Continue to work away from Punishment mindset Having students reflect on misbehavior Clarifying role of Probation on sites and collaborating with admin Continue to work on consistency with classroom management

16 BUS THIS YEAR Coordination with Transportation Department Established Bus behavior matrix Reinforcement & discipline procedures Re-train drivers on writing referrals

17 OUTCOMES SO FAR Drop in suspensions Drop in referrals Increase in attendance Declining enrollment/grads/returning to districts

18 COMING SOON More reinforcement for staff (newsletter) Crisis Intervention Training for staff Increasing opportunities for parent involvement Continuous attention on staff culture Addressing staff secondary trauma/self-care More restorative practices

19 AGENCY PARTNERS Included in staff meetings Give out reinforcement to students Working on relationship at administrative level Defining roles and where/how to work together Including agency partners in Student Support Teams

20 AGENCY PARTNERS They have access to resources outside of school Act as community liaisons and help problem solve for students Communication on systems/functions Common goal for students

21 Celebrations very strong administrative support much accomplished quickly staff buy-in increasing progress increased when sites took ownership reinforcement for staff as well as students advanced planning for change collaboration across roles/sites Critiques developing more support for implementers site-based leadership team roles/meetings to be identified and practiced more clearly difficulty in moving program quicker than rate of culture change

22 People and Organizations Dr. Jeff Sprague, consultant Mobile: (541) PBIS North West Network Association for Positive Behavior Support California PBIS Coalition California Technical Assistance Center on PBIS RESOURCES WE USE

23 RESOURCES WE USE Tools/Data SWIS Data System Scanners Opticon Inc Model # OPN2004

24 CONTACT US Amanda Thomas Assistant Principal Lina Bender School Psychologist/Program Coordinator

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