PBIS September 2013 Coaches Front Page Newsletter

Post date: Sep 05, 2013 3:56:9 PM

Coaches Front Page News

September 2013

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

Training dates for the 2013-14 school year are posted. Please visit the Training Calendar for updated information and registration.

Welcome Back!

Curriculum/Innovation Updates

Universal Screening

Universal Screening for behavior is a critical feature of the Response to Intervention framework. This Tier 1 screening practice is an efficient way to identify youth early for additional support. Universal Screening webinars cover the process, core components, and tools for screening. Participants will be walked through resources available on the Illinois PBIS Network website, with a focus on readiness for screening, early steps in implementation, and frequently asked questions.

Webinars are designed for district and building-level leaders who will coordinate and/or supervise the Universal Screening process. This typically includes school psychologists, social workers, coaches, and administrators. Dates and registration information are posted on the Training Calendar.

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.

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Evaluation 2012-13 Recognized Schools

Congratulations to the 677 Illinois schools that earned recognition for their outstanding efforts implementing PBIS during the 2012-13 school year. All recognized schools will receive a congratulatory letter from the Illinois PBIS Network and a window decal award. Schools recognized at the two highest levels, Fully Implementing and Exemplar, will also receive a congratulatory letter from Rob Horner and George Sugai, Co-Directors of the National PBIS Center, as special acknowledgement of their exceptional accomplishments. Click here for the complete list of schools, as well as electronic images of the decals for download.


Many requests were taken into consideration to improve data collection and analysis, and are reflected in SWIS 5 that was released on August 23, 2013. The Illinois PBIS Network will be hosting a webinar to review SWIS updates on Wednesday, September 11 at 1:00pm. Please click here for more information and to register. There are also tutorial videos available for an overview of the changes.

Evaluation Tools

The windows for completing the Self Assessment Survey-SAS (9/1 to 9/30/13), Team Implementation Checklist-TIC (open all year), and School Safety Survey-SSS (9/1 to 9/30/13) are currently open on PBIS Assessments. It is suggested that the SAS and SSS be completed annually in either the fall or spring. The TIC is to be completed quarterly by teams not yet reaching a score of 70 or higher on the Benchmarks of Quality (BoQ). Please prompt your building coaches to complete these tools as appropriate. More information about these tools can be found on the PBISApps webpage. As a reminder, schools now access PBIS Assessments through PBISApps.org using their six-digit school ID.

Monthly Challenge

The beginning of the school year is a great time to review and revise your multi-tiered action plan (MAP). Be sure to utilize the Benchmarks of Quality (BoQ) results in your goal setting. For more on this topic, attend this month's regional district-based coaches network meeting.

Take a moment to review your calendar for the inclusion of important dates including:

  • District-Based (External) Coaches Network Meetings - The Illinois PBIS Network recognizes the importance and impact that district-based coaches have on creating sustainable systems in a building or district. Monthly meetings directed at the functions of district-based coaches are held throughout the state. Click here to access the times, dates, and locations of these upcoming meetings in an area near you.

  • Building-Based (Internal) Coaches Meetings - A district-based coach's leadership is vital to the success of schoolwide behavior support across one or more buildings. Monthly meetings with building-based coaches will provide a forum for timely discussions around matters that drive decisions regarding training needs and capacity building.

  • District Leadership Team (DLT) Meetings - These meetings provide an opportunity for district leaders to discuss the function and coordination of schoolwide behavior support at a district level. Optimally these meetings will occur three to four times per year.

Tier 2/Tier 3 Coaching

The Illinois PBIS Network is excited about the number of districts ready to proceed with implementing Tier 3 supports. Using multiple data sources to identify districts that indicate they are ready to proceed with Tier 3 implementation, district leaders were sent an email in June with details of the training opportunities. To ensure districts are able to effectively implement Tier 3 interventions, we are moving to more frequent ongoing coaching and support. To register for Tier 3 Series training, click here.

Classroom Management

The beginning of the new school year is a great time to post, teach, review, monitor, and reinforce class-wide expectations. Create a Classroom Matrix of 3-5 positively stated expectations, then define what the rules look like across all the routines in your classroom. Click here for an example to get you started.

School Family Community Partnerships (SFCP)

Hosting a Family/Community Partner Network Meeting is a great way to increase family and community membership on school and district teams. The Illinois PBIS Network is seeking districts to host a Network Meeting this school-year. These meetings are currently being scheduled for the year and will be posted online when finalized. To find a full schedule of these events, click here.District-based coaches should contact Technical Assistance Coordinators to find out how to host!

Be sure to check out the new Partnerships Tab on the Illinois PBIS Network website for more on Family/Community Partner Network Meetings and other ways to engage families. We need your help as we expand this page! Please send examples to your Technical Assistance Coordinator of successful partnerships, resources your district has created for families, and tools for schools.

High School Corner

A recent study* in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology might help schools identify students in need of support who may be overlooked by more traditional screening approaches. Researchers found that young people involved with the justice system, who experience arrest - but not necessarily incarceration, are more likely to report a suicide attempt than those who have not been arrested. When taking time to plan for this year, consider adding students who have been involved in some way with the justice system as a new data point when determining which students might need more close monitoring and/or to be included proactively in your continuum of interventions.

* Cook, T. (May 2013). Recent criminal offending and suicide attempts: a national sample. From Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, Vol. 48 (Issue 5), p767-774.

Administrator Tip of the Month

Contact your administrator and request the opportunity to include information about PBIS on every staff meeting agenda. Staff will understand the importance of their participation in the PBIS implementation process when the building administrator routinely addresses their efforts toward creating a positive climate and culture for all students.

Upcoming Events

National Leadership Forum

Register now for the two-day 2013 National PBIS Leadership Forum that will be held on October 10-11, 2013, at a new venue - the second level of theDonald E. Stephens Convention Center inRosemont, Illinois. This forum is organized for state, district, or regional leadership teams adopting and implementing schoolwide PBIS. Participants should register as a team. This forum is not recommended for school/building-level implementers unless they are part of a district leadership team. Clickhere for more information.


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