For the November issue of the journal Učitelský Měsíčník (03/2020), we wrote a detailed article introducing the PBIS for schools. You will learn how to implement some PBIS principles in the classroom that help prevent inappropriate behavior of students. You will get familiar, for example, with practical advice on how to adjust the physical structure of classrooms or how to unify positive formulations of expectations and appropriate approaches to children at risk. All these procedures can be implemented immediately in individual classes or systematically and school-wide, which will further increase the positive impact on pupils’ behavior.
The article describes in detail the 1st tier of behavior support, i.e., proactive primary prevention, which is aimed at all pupils in a class or school without distinction. Information on intensified support for groups of children who require targeted Tier 2 support, or on providing highly individualized Tier 3 support for pupils with complex needs, will be in future continually supplemented on our website www.pbiscr.cz.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.