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HIGH SCHOOL & PRE-K

How can Pre-K programs be involved in PBIS at their school?

Pre-K programs can participate in PBIS by teaching and reinforcing the PBIS school-wide expectations to students according to the school-wide plan, participating on the PBIS team, and by participating in other school-based PBIS activities or meetings. In addition, CSEFEL training has been conducted around the state for several pre-school programs to emphasize positive behavioral instruction at the pre-school level. Please contact CSEFEL Coordinator, Laura Murphey, at nc_csefel_coordinator@yahoo.com for more information.

Can Pre-school programs receive PBIS Recognition?

Yes, just as any other school can apply for and receive NC PBIS Recognition; stand-alone Pre-K programs are also eligible to earn recognition.

How are high schools getting buy-in from staff?

Just as with any other school the staff of high schools need to see a reason to participate in PBIS. Sometimes this can be a challenge because we look at our high school students, see grownups, and believe that they already know how they are expected to behave. What we sometimes forget is that the human brain does not completely mature until approximately age 25 (Johnson, Blum, & Giedd, 2009), and the last part to mature is the frontal cortex that controls decision-making and impulse control, which means that high school students continue to benefit from behavioral instruction and support. Sharing this information, along with data from the individual school that indicates a need for improvement in school-wide behavior management, can facilitate staff buy-in.

What are social skills programs that can be used at the high school level?

A new support document for using the Behavior Education Plan (Check In/ Check Out) at the high school level is available at: http://www.pbis.org/pbis_resource_detail_page.aspx?Type=3&PBIS_ResourceID=877. Other schools have had success with Why Try and/or Skillstreaming for Adolescents.