PBIS February 2014 Coaches Front Page Newsletter

posted Feb 4, 2014, 1:18 PM by Teresa Bochula

Coaches Front Page News

February 2014


The Illinois PBIS Network's Coaches Front Page News provides resources, tips, and updates for coaches to support your PBIS implementation efforts. 

In This Issue
New Federal Guidance on School Discipline and Discrimination
Classroom Management
Curriculum/Innovation Updates
Coaching Focus
Tier 2/Tier 3 Coaching
School Family Community Partnerships (SFCP)
High School Corner
Administrator Tip of the Month
Upcoming Events



About the Network


The Illinois PBIS Network is the Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports component of the Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative (ISTAC) - an Illinois State Board of Education funded initiative promoting effective practices to benefit all children.


The Illinois PBIS Network builds capacity of schools, families, and communities to promote social and academic success of all students, including those with emotional/behavioral and other disabilities.  



Quick Links

New Federal Guidance on School Discipline and Discrimination

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice recently released documents on the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, a collaborative effort rethinking school discipline to create safe, positive school climates. The Initiative is aimed at developing equitable schools and emphasizes prevention and positive approaches that keep students in school and engaged in learning. The clear message against zero tolerance policies is rooted not only in equity for students of color, who face disproportionate rates of exclusionary discipline, but also for students with disabilities who are typically at higher risk of receiving office referrals and out of school suspensions. The four-component guidance package and additional resources are available on the USDOE website.

Evaluation Evaluation

School-wide Information System (SWIS)

If you had snow days in January, remember to modify the days per month in SWIS. After logging into your SWIS account, go to tools, and then school settings.  In the school settings menu, select school days listed on the left side. Edit the 2013-2014 school year by clicking on the pencil icon and then modify the number of days in January based on the snow days your school was closed due to weather. If your school needs to make those days up at the end of the year, remember to add those days where necessary. Please emaileval@pbisillinois.org with questions.


Implementation Inventory 

The Implementation Inventory webinars are complete. In March, all schools will have the opportunity to complete the Implementation Inventory online. Overview webinars will be posted on the Illinois PBIS Network website to assist with completing the tool. More information about the Implementation Inventory can be found here. Look for more updates in the March FPN.


In previous years when schools completed the Illinois PoI (Phases of Implementation), they also completed other fidelity measures, such as the BoQ, BAT, TIC, etc. This year, school teams should still complete the fidelity measures they have used in the past and enter their results in PBIS Assessments to compare their progress from last year.  Being able to compare implementation from year to year assists in sustaining PBIS. 


Generating a Triangle Report

The Triangle Data Report displays the multi-tiered behavioral outcome data for your school. This report gives the breakdown of ODRs at three levels: students receiving 0-1 ODRs, 2-5 ODRs, and 6 or more ODRs. This snapshot of ODR data may be helpful at district meetings to give a quick summary of ODRs.

  • If your school is applying for 2013-14 Illinois PBIS Recognition at the Gold or Platinum Level, Triangle Data is a required artifact for Outcome Data (non-SWIS users, other comparable documentation is acceptable). SWIS 5 currently does not offer the "Triangle Data Report", but you can follow directions on the Evaluation page to create the report using data exported via the Drill Down function in your school's SWIS account.

SWIS Facilitator Training

District Coaches and PBIS Administrators can become SWIS Facilitators for your district! SWIS Facilitators provide critical support and on-going assistance to school staff including editing SWIS Users' roles in school accounts. SWIS facilitators are the key to sustaining SWIS as a functional information system to influence how your school supports student behavior.


Save the dates for the upcoming SWIS Facilitator training on April 30-May 1, 2014, in Westmont, Illinois. Registration will be available soon on the SWISwebsite. This training will teach you: 

  • How to use SWIS,
  • How to train schools to use SWIS,
  • How to respond to the most frequently occurring questions,
  • How to help school teams use SWIS information for decision making, and
  • How to sustain SWIS use within each school you support.

Individual Student Information System (ISIS-SWIS) Facilitator Training

If you are a current SWIS Facilitator and are interested in becoming a certified ISIS-SWIS Facilitator, a one-day training will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Westmont. Registration will soon be available here

Classroom Management

Effective classroom management includes a continuum of evidence-based strategies for responding to inappropriate behavior.  This range of options for dealing with challenging behavior should include the use of simple as well as more complex strategies.  Click here for a guide on using Differential Reinforcement in the classroom to increase appropriate behavior while decreasing inappropriate behavior. 

keyCurriculum/Innovation Updates


A New Opportunity for School-Based Clinicians!

The role of the school-based clinician is constantly evolving to meet the needs of youth, schools, families, and communities.Register now and join the School-Based Clinician Learning Community! This learning community will provide a place for networking, continuing dialogue, sharing successes, and strategizing together around data, systems, and practices for supporting our youth.

  • February 21, 2014:  In-person, Judson College in Elgin
  • March 4, 2014:  Follow-up webinar
  • May 9, 2014:  In-person, Judson College in Elgin
Coaching Focus

The January Coaches Meeting focused on informing stakeholders of the positive outcomes of PBIS implementation. One way to do this is through board reports. See Coaches Materials for example board reports from other PBIS districts.

Another document to share with stakeholders is the Impact of PBIS in Schools. This document lists the benefits of PBIS to students, schools, and communities and includes supporting research. It is a brief way to inform all stakeholders.

Please see the Evaluation Section for information on creating the Triangle Report shown in Board Report examples and information on the Implementation Inventory.
Tier 2/Tier 3 Coaching Blended Triangle
As interventions on the continuum of supports increase with intensity, the individualization also increases.  The processes of Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) guide teams in hypothesizing the function of a student's behavior and identifying function based strategies to develop a comprehensive behavior plan to support the student.  See the January Coaches Network Meeting materials to review key components of FBA/BIP as well as systems structures to add FBA/BIP to your school's continuum of supports.
The January 2014 Update Newsletter highlights the impact of Tier 3 interventions on students with disabilities. Check out the impact these interventions could have for students in your district! 
children circleSchool Family Community Partnerships (SFCP)


Family/Community Network Meetings can help districts increase family and community membership on school and district teams.  These meetings also provide an opportunity for neighboring coaches and administrators to learn how other districts are engaging family and community partners, and the valuable voice they bring to the table.  Spring meetings are currently being planned, but consider joining the next one scheduled in the Southern Region onFebruary 6, 2014, in Raymond, Illinois. Visit the Network Meetings page on the Partnerships tab for details. District-based coaches should contact Technical Assistance Coordinators to find out how to host one in their own district this Spring!

Save the Date!
Many communities are working in different ways to embed Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports into all areas of their communities, such as library, community center, Chamber of Commerce, local government community liaison, mental health agency partners, etcA new Forum on the Community Integration of PBIS will bring together those who are interested or have already started this important work. Watch for further details on the PBIS website in February. Mark your calendars for March 21, 2014when we will come together at Northern Illinois University Naperville campus.
high school studentsHigh School Corner


If you missed January's High School Virtual Chat focusing on "Everything Tier 2", see the High School Coaches Network page to view materials and a recording of the webinar. The next High School Virtual Chat will be held February 24, 2014, from 1:00-2:30pm. The topic will be "Thinking Outside of the Box" and you can register here.
The High School Tier 2 Training Series begins on February 7, 2014. The series will help schools to develop capacity for effective and efficient Secondary Level supports for students. Schools will establish a Secondary Systems Planning Team to assist in the creation of a seamless system of support from Tier 1/Universal to Tier 2/Secondary.  The Secondary Systems Team will learn how to use universal data to target groups of students in need of Secondary Levels of support. Click here for more information and click here for registration.
Administrator Tip of the Month

Board reports are an excellent way to increase the visibility of PBIS in your district and to celebrate schools' success. You can find information on creating board reports and one district's example here


Listed below are specific action steps that administrators can take to support the implementation of PBIS:

  • Weekly loudspeaker SWPBIS announcements for staff that include:
    • Staff "kudos" for a job well done
    • Regular SWPBIS meeting reminders
  • Begin every staff meeting with pre-written SWPBIS updates from the team
  • Share pre-organized positive data reports in the middle of each staff meeting
  • Distribute staff acknowledgements at the end of each staff meeting
Upcoming Events


The Training Schedule for February and March 2014 is outlined below. Registration is now available. All registrants please review your confirmation emails for information about training materials and event logistics.  If you do not receive a confirmation email directly in your inbox, please be sure to check your spam or junk folder as our emails are sometimes identified by servers incorrectly.

To help your team think about systems necessary to maximize the skills taught in the Tier 3 trainings, access the Tier 3 Readiness documents here.


Click links for more details and registration: 

Training EventDateLocationWebpage Link
District-based Coaching: Roles & Responsibilities2/5/2014JacksonvilleClick here
Building-based Coaching: Leading the Team (C100)2/5/2014WestmontClick here
Tier 2/Secondary SeriesSeries begins2/6/2014 (with onsite training) or 2/25/2014(for webinar only)WestmontClick here
District-based Coaching: Roles & Responsibilities2/7/2014WestmontClick here
High School - Tier 2Series Begins2/7/2014WebinarClick here
Click here
Tier 2/Secondary SeriesSeries begins2/11/14 (with onsite training) or 2/25/14 (for webinars only)Lake in the HillsClick here
Building-based Coaching: Online Systems, Data-based Decision Making (C200); Part 12/13/2014WebinarClick here
Critical Features & Evidence-based Practices of Effective Classroom Management: Strategies to Respond to Challenging Behavior (TOT703)Series begins2/18/2014

*EX300 is a pre-req for this course
WestmontClick here
Series begins2/18/2014Bloomington/NormalClick here
Series begins2/20/2014Westmont
Click here
Universal Screening
Click here
Role of the School-Based Clinician in a 3-Tiered Model of SupportSeries begins2/21/2014ElginClick here
Tier 2/Secondary SeriesSeries begins2/25/2014(webinars only)Bloomington/NormalClick here
Tier 2/Secondary SeriesSeries begins2/25/2014(webinars only)
Fairview Heights
Click here
Click here
Click here
Critical Features & Evidence-based Practices of Effective Classroom Management: Strategies to Acknowledge Positive Behavior (TOT702)Series begins3/18/14

*EX300 is a pre-req for this course
WestmontClick here
Building-based Coaching: Leading the Team3/18/2014JacksonvilleClick here

The Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) Conference will be held March 5-8, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois. Conference participants will be able to gain an understanding of research-based strategies, identify practical applications of positive behavior support in a variety of places, and describe the most current, state-of-the-art research on positive behavior support for a variety of populations and settings. Register here.
Date Has Changed!
The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission "Re-Connecting the Pathways Conference" will now be held on June 2-4, 2014at the Crowne Plaza Hotel inSpringfield, Illinois. The conference will focus on the role of local leadership for juvenile justice improvement. For more information, click here



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Feb 4, 2014, 2:06 PM