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How to implement the Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) in elementary schools

How to implement the Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) in elementary schools

Read our elaborate introduction to the PBIS features in elementary schools, which was published in the November issue of the professional educational magazine School Management. 

In the article we, among other things, explain that in order to effectively and sustainably support students at all three levels of prevention – primary, secondary and tertiary – the school cannot implement only the recommended principles and interventions, but also need to create an effective structure for implementing the whole system. This will allow appropriate use of staff capacity, motivate further progress and support monitoring success of the PBIS implementation in relation to the specific objectives of the school. 

In the article, in addition to basic information about the PBIS system, you will learn what stages the school will go through during its implementation process and which components of the system need to be built and coordinated for effective implementation. 

You can read the whole article here.

PBIS: Effective prevention of problem behavior

PBIS: Effective prevention of problem behavior

Recordings from the BeIN online conference

On October 26th, we presented the principles of Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) at the online conference of the project Barriers in Inclusion and their overcoming. This link (https://bein.ped.muni.cz/on-line-konference) contains all recordings from the online conference, in addition to PBIS, you will also find contributions concerning Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and the concept of Feuersteun’s instrumental enrichment (FIE) in the block 2.

In the 25-minute video on PBIS, we present the individual levels of support for pupils’ behavior. These include preventive school-wide support for all students, targeted support for groups of students with manifestations of inappropriate behavior and individual support for students with intense behavioral manifestations and / or complex needs. At the end of the video, we also answer questions from participants.

The presentation we created for the BeIN conference can be found here.

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 Výboru dobré vůle – Nadace Olgy Havlové, Active Citizens Fund ČR and Skatuský 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 environmentit 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…” 

“I involved ed. assistants in the lessons and it’s great. The problem was mostly with the teachers, who didn’t 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.