Social Emotional Learning
Through the implementation of the Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports (PBIS) approach, a safe, inclusive environment has been established for all students, staff, and families. PBIS is a school-wide initiative that addresses social, emotional and behavioral competence to ensure academic achievement. We have an established PBIS team and program with well known school-wide expectations and supports for helping all students achieve important social and learning goals around our school’s guiding principles of Safety, Teamwork, Actions, and Respect (STAR). There is a common language for staff and students and parents, goals and themes, as well as clearly modeled expectations that are defined in all areas of the school building. Within the classrooms and at school assemblies, these expectations are taught through monthly themes aligned to our Core Values, school-wide read-alouds and specific activities throughout the year. Students have had the opportunity to go beyond the school community through the PBIS themes and philanthropic projects. PBIS allows consistent consequences and positive reinforcement resulting in students enjoying a safer school environment. When students are acting as a STAR, this behavior is positively reinforced through a token card system. Token cards add up and students shop for tangible and non-tangible incentives and rewards.
Through our partnership with the Transition and College Access Center, we have deepened our understanding of the Career Development Occupational Studies (CDOS) Standards. The Transition and College Access Center works directly with our PBIS team to create activities that support career development, academic and personal behaviors, and integrated learning.