Year: 2020

domŇĮ / 2020
How to survive the lockdown tips and the November meeting with Norwegian colleagues

How to survive the lockdown tips and the November meeting with Norwegian colleagues

Based on information from the September meeting with our Norwegian lecturers, we have prepared
and published the How to Survive Lockdown infographic, which provides tips on how to deal with the
limitations and uncertainty that we face in the current situation associated with the COVID-19
pandemic.
In November, through another virtual meeting, we focused on sharing and reconciling home-office
and distance learning, where parents are often exposed to increased stress associated with
reconciling their own work with supporting children in online teaching. We discussed number of
useful tips that can help parents as well as children. It is very important, for example, to have regular
and fixed moments of recharging "emotional batteries" during the day, when we give the child all our
attention and ensure that his emotional needs are met, for example by hugging or brief cuddling.
Thanks to these regular moments, the time when children can work independently is extended and
parents can thus fully concentrate on their own work.

1st PBS Europe International Conference

1st PBS Europe International Conference

We have presented the beginnings of the implementation of the Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) in the Czech Republic at the 1st PBS-Europe International Conference workshop, which took place on 11-13 November. 

The recording and presentation¬†are¬†available at¬†this link¬†under the title “2.1 Implementation of PBIS in Lithuania and the Czech Republic: from theory to practice”.¬†

 

Contributions from other experts are also available, which will allow you to, among other things: 

  • Obtain information on the possibilities of implementing PBIS across various educational institutions (from kindergartens to universities)¬†
  • Discover¬†research-based strategies supporting¬†behavior¬†
  • Get insight into the latest¬†international¬†PBIS research¬†
  • Find out how to prevent possible barriers in the implementation of PBIS in educational institutions¬†

We¬†would like to¬†thank the Positive Behavior Support Europe Network for the invitation to participate in the conference, and the¬†V√Ĺboru dobr√© vŇĮle ‚Äď Nadace Olgy Havlov√©,¬†Active¬†Citizens¬†Fund¬†ńĆR and¬†Skatusk√Ŭ†institut¬†for support in the implementation of the project Schools¬†Helping¬†Vulnerable Children.¬†

Recording of the 1st online meeting for school counsellors and special educators

Recording of the 1st online meeting for school counsellors and special educators

These days, each of us needs support. Especially those who¬†are supporting¬†others.¬†We¬†have¬†therefore organized the first online meeting for employees of school counseling centers¬†on Wednesday 18.¬†11. 2020.¬†There was a¬†great¬†demand for the meeting¬†and over 160 school counselors,¬†principals,¬†and teachers from all over the country¬†had attended¬†virtually. We¬†have¬†focused on supporting children with SEN during¬†the¬†pandemic, supporting the mental health of children and teachers, and children’s behavior¬†support¬†in the online environment. The¬†children’s¬†behavior support presentation¬†describes¬†some important principles and procedures of PBIS.¬†

You can find the video here. 

Providing support for children with SEN during distance education (PDF) 

Promoting self-regulation and mental health (PDF) 

Supporting children’s behavior in the online environment (PDF)¬†

 

The discussion brought many inspiring observations of the participants. We publish some of them: 

Most important is¬†the relationship between teacher and¬†educational¬†assistant¬†(for children with SEN),¬†if¬†it does not work well¬†in regular environment,¬†it¬†is¬†then¬†perhaps even more difficult in distance learning. We use assistants¬†largely, for example for tutoring children. “¬†

“I am very happy that we have¬†assistants¬†– they work individually, pay attention to the pupils¬†needs, they also support those who do not have¬†official¬†recommendations from the counseling center, but they can also support those who need it – but we are still¬†learning¬†and looking for the best ways‚Ķ”¬†

“I involved¬†ed.¬†assistants in the lessons and it’s great. The problem was mostly with the teachers, who¬†didn‚Äôt¬†cooperate. But it is already clearly proven, an assistant¬†can¬†contact the family, come to online¬†classes,¬†and can then work with the student individually. It is not¬†only up to¬†the teacher, who at this time is very busy communicating with parents¬†and¬†students,¬†providing¬†formative assessment¬†etc. “¬†

Relevant questions were raised in person and in the chat, and most of them were answered directly during the meeting and complemented by interesting experiences of the participants from their practice. 

We wrote for journal ҆koln√≠ poradenstv√≠ v praxi about the PBIS system

We wrote for journal ҆koln√≠ poradenstv√≠ v praxi about the PBIS system

We have prepared a detailed article on the Positive¬†Behavioral Interventions and¬†Supports¬†(PBIS) system,¬†for a professional magazine for employees of school counseling centers. ńĆOSIV is currently piloting PBIS in three Czech schools.¬†

In this article, we describe in detail the first of three tiers of interventions used in the PBIS system: 

Tier 1 (main content of the article) Рpreventive support with a set of recommended procedures and steps for all pupils and employees in the school 

¬†Tier¬†2 – more intensive support in small groups and shorter time intervals,¬†aimed on¬†10¬†‚Äst20%¬†of students¬†

¬†Tier¬†3 – individualized intensive intervention for pupils with severe behavioral problems,¬†aimed on¬†1¬†‚Äst5% students¬†

 In the article are described also other measures that are used in PBIS. For example, how to organize the classroom environment, what routines to implement in schools, and how to define expected school behavior for students. 

You can read the whole article here.

Deník.cz writes about the Czech pilot implementation of PBIS

Deník.cz writes about the Czech pilot implementation of PBIS

Since this summer, we have been piloting the implementation of the PBIS framework at three Czech primary schools, in Most-Ch√°nov, Velvary and Zeleneńć. PBIS originated in the 80’s in the USA and is now used in dozens of other countries around the world. Thanks to the Schools Helping Vulnerable Children project, we bring an evidence-based approach towards children with challenging behavior, that is based on a clear formulation and setting of positive expectations throughout the school.

“We tell all the children what we want them to do. The adopted unified rules relate to safety, responsibility and mutual respect, in all areas of the school, ” Anna Precl√≠kov√°, a seventh grade class teacher at the Zeleneńć primary school, describes for Den√≠k the beginnings of work with this framework. Since summer, her school has had established a four-member PBIS team consisting of teachers, administrators and an educational counselor or special education teacher. They are supporting colleagues in the day-to-day implementation of PBIS and preparing further steps in implementation, after the initial training of the entire faculty done by ńĆOSIV. A key part of the PBIS is shifting attention to expected behaviors and reinforcing appropriate behaviors.

The whole article is available here.

More about the PBIS system and the pilot implementation is on the website www.pbiscr.cz

The project is being supported by the Committee of Good Will ‚Äď the Olga Havel Foundation from the Active Citizens Fund. The programme promotes citizens‚Äô active participation in the public life and decision making and empowerment of vulnerable groups. The Active Citizens Fund is financed from EEA and Norway Grants.