Previously, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important aspect of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and recognizing students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.
El Diamante High School School-Wide Behavior Expectations
In accordance with PBIS universal guidelines, the PBIS expectations at El Diamante High School are designed to:
(1) Provide a clear understanding of expected student behavior
(2) Be few in number
(3) Be positively stated and structured
(4) Use familiar language
(5) Include example behaviors defined for purposes of instruction.
El Diamante High School Goals:
Our ultimate goal is to improve overall school climate and lay foundations for building relationships that will pay dividends in the future. Together through consistency and positive relationships, we will improve the behavior of all students. PBIS aims to decrease behavioral infractions showing year-over-year improvement. PBIS assists towards this end as it is based upon the concept of teaching behaviors that will prevent noncompliance. We hope to develop a positive school community, to teach everyone the expectations for our High School and reward systems for having P.I.C.K Success! (Perseverance, Integrity, Courage, Kindness). By concentrating on positive behaviors, we hope to create and maintain a positive and safe learning environment. Being consistent with addressing students when they do and do not meet our behavior expectations will increase compliance, provide them with greater structure, and clarify expected behavior.
Students at El Diamante High School will demonstrate the school-wide expectations specified within both classroom and non-classroom settings at all times.
These expectations are:
Classroom Teacher Expectations
- Teachers will teach, model, and practice each of the school-wide behavioral expectations.
- Teachers will display the school-wide behavioral expectations presented.
- Teachers will display and use the classroom expectations. (Classroom expectations are to be posted in the classroom)
- Teachers will use the PBIS team and the Step Referral process and the Pyramid of Interventions when working with students who fail to meet school-wide and/or classroom expectations.
- Teachers will develop and/or use PBIS established strategies for recognizing students who meet and/or exceed school-wide and classroom expectations using informal and formal recognition programs.
Staff Personnel Responsibilities
- Staff personnel are defined as all adults with supervisory authority and all teachers whose students are in attendance at assemblies.
- All classroom teachers are involved as supervisors at various points within the school day and/or school year.
- Staff personnel will circulate among students and observe students to see that they are meeting school-wide expectations in all non-classroom settings of the school.
- Staff personnel will talk with students and provide feedback based on the school-wide expectations.
- Staff personnel will use the PBIS team and the Pyramid of Interventions when working with students who fail to meet building-wide expectations.
- Staff personnel will develop and/or use PBIS established strategies for recognizing students who meet and/or exceed school-wide and classroom expectations as mentioned.