by M. Earle, Contributing Writer, Mountain View School District
The California PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Coalition recognized three schools in the Mountain View School District, Cogswell, Monte Vista and Voorhis schools, with the 2020 Community Cares Honor.
The schools were honored for their outstanding contribution of support and care during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and resulting physical closures of schools this past Spring.
Each of the three schools submitted a video application highlighting the positive ways they supported students, families and the community during Distance Learning and school closures from mid-March through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
The California PBIS Coalition (CPC) was impressed by the schools’ heroic efforts to provide support, resulting in the 2020 Community Cares honor.
Although initially established to distribute evidence-based behavior interventions for students with Behavior Disorders, the National Technical Assistance Center on PBIS shifted focus to the school-wide behavior support of all students, and an emphasis on implementation practices and systems.
In general, PBIS emphasizes four integrated elements. Data for decision making, measurable outcomes supported and evaluated by research, practices with evidence that these outcomes are achievable, and systems that efficiently and effectively support implementation of these practices.
The phrase “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports” was first coined in the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. However, the practices, principles, and systems that characterize PBIS have been described, studied and implemented since the early 1960s and 1970s.
In the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1997, a grant to establish a national Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports was signed to provide schools technical assistance to improve support for students with behavioral disorders.
In October of 2014 the Federal Office of Safe and Healthy Students funded 12 states and 71 districts to implement a Multi-tiered Behavior Support Framework. California received 15 awards making it the largest number of awards for a single state.
To honor the positive impacts schools are playing in the lives of students, families, and communities, the CPC recognizes schools that are providing services and support during these challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
All 12 MVSD schools have implemented successful PBIS programs, helping to create the conditions to maximize academic and social behavioral outcomes for all students.
The goal of the PBIS behavior management system is not just to correct behavior issues, but to create a positive school environment where all students develop the social, emotional and academic skills to learn and thrive.