Coaching Yields Improved Outcomes at Middle School

Post date: Oct 24, 2012 9:35:49 PM

During the last year, the coaches at Zadok Casey Middle School, in Mount Vernon SD 80, participated in Illinois PBIS Network Coaches meetings, gaining skills in classroom management of problem behaviors. This was needed as 43% of the office discipline referrals (ODRs) for the previous three years were issued in the classroom. The coaches were able to apply the training from the Coaches Network meetings to help their teachers learn and practice classroom management techniques. Examples included how to provide brief, specific, and respectful responses to effectively address problem behavior and how to prevent it from occurring in the future. In the past year, this middle school’s classroom-issued ODRs decreased by 26%, allowing teachers more time for instruction. The coaches plan to participate in the Coaches Network meetings again this school year to continue boosting their implementation and improving student outcomes.

Zadok Casey MS in Mount Vernon SD 80, ODRs 2008-12