Strong PBIS Foundations Lead to Instructional Time Gain in Elementary School

posted Mar 25, 2014, 2:00 PM by Michelle Grimms

During 2011-2013, Frances Willard Elementary School in Rock Island SD 41 boosted classroom management strategies by reviewing teacher expectations for teaching social behaviors and reviewing classroom versus office managed behaviors. To supplement the school's PBIS efforts, in 2012-13, special education staff job responsibilities were modified to include coordination and/or delivery of behavior interventions such as Check-in Check-out (CICO), social skills groups, and function-based behavior planning. By focusing on strengthening their PBIS systems, the school was able to achieve a 64% decrease in total ODRs, from 669 in 2010-11 to 238 in 2012-13, while students with disabilities had a 39% decrease in ODRs for the same time period. This resulted in a gain of 21 days of instructional time for all students over a two year period.