Troup County Schools Start the Year Celebrating Positive Behavior
Ethel W. Kight and Hogansville elementary schools host PBIS kick-off
LaGrange, Ga., August 16, 2017 – As Troup County School System (TCSS) schools welcomed kids back to school, some were prepared to take the celebrations up a notch. Schools participating in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) re-introduced students to school-wide behavior expectations in an exciting way.
It all started in the spring of 2013 when administrators and district leaders began to notice a gradual uptick in discipline referrals. Less than a year later, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) partnered with the school system to introduce PBIS through a series of trainings and overviews.
What is PBIS?
PBIS is a school-wide approach to creating a positive and safe climate where all students can learn and grow. PBIS is an evidence-based, data driven framework that helps schools reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety, and support improved academic outcomes. Using a problem-solving process that is coupled with data as a response to intervention, PBIS helps building administrators pinpoint areas of behavior concern and correct them.
What TCSS Schools are Implementing PBIS?
Before GaDOE trained any school administrators, 80 percent of the school staff had to agree they wanted to implement PBIS within their school. In August 2015, six TCSS schools implemented PBIS. They were Berta Weathersbee Elementary, Callaway Middle, Ethel W. Kight Elementary, Franklin Forest Elementary, Gardner Newman Middle, and The Hope Academy. After seeing some major successes, four additional schools jumped on board a year later – Callaway Elementary, Callaway High, Hogansville Elementary, and Troup High.
In implementing PBIS, these schools have expectations they share school-wide. For instance, Ethel W. Kight Elementary school’s expectations are Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be Respectful. Callaway Middle school’s PBIS expectations are Be Cooperative, Be Mindful, Be Successful.