Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: Words of Unity

What does Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) sound like in the classroom? What can we say to our students to create a positive classroom climate of unity and collaboration? What Best Practice Language (BPL) can we use?

PBSEverythingElem5Teachers should consider using Words of Unity when they want to create a positive classroom climate of unity and collaboration.…

Implementing PBIS and Getting Stuck? Four Big Ideas that Make it Work Better!

PBSIt was recently my pleasure to be asked by an acquaintance from Holland, where PBIS is being implemented with great success, about my perspective on the obstacles that can cause difficulties when a school is trying to implement a school-wide PBIS system.  In my experience, after working with many schools, both as a principal and a consultant, there are four key misunderstandings that often get in the way of implementation.…

It’s More Than Just Educational Funding: Families and Children in the Current Economy

The current economic downturn is hugely reducing educational funding: class sizes are increasing, great teachers are being laid off, programs are being cut, and at the same time, academic standards are increasing. The effects of smaller school district budgets are visible by most people, but there are many more negative effects of the economy on families and children that we see in our jobs as teachers.…