Of note, there has been an administrative change at our school this year. One headmaster left for another district as our school's restructuring plans were being finalized. The new structure moved us from two headmasters to one principal and an assistant principal. The remaining headmaster was chosen as principal and we hired a former teacher from a neighboring district as assistant principal. The assistant principal comes from Beecher Elementary, a school using Responsive Classroom. In a lovely show of irony, the headmaster who left became principal at a school in a district that uses Responsive Classroom system wide.
In addition, new staff members have joined the "behavior committee" and bring their responsive rather than controlling style to group. Over the summer some of the committee attended training in Responsive Classroom and saw how well it can complement PBIS.
Updates on the program and training were provided to the school/parent community over the summer.
Within the first month of school, an informational meeting for parents was held by the "behavior committee." Most parents were very appreciative to have a time for discussion and questions. I commend the school for providing information proactively.
At that informational meeting what was outlined is not the "canned" version of PBIS with extrinsic rewards at its core. Rather, it was very encouraging to hear that the committee has been mindfully tailoring a program specific to our needs as a community of learners. In particular, BCS will not be using a system of external motivators. We seem to be taking the best parts of PBIS - consistency, information gathering, well articulated expectations - and combining them with a more responsive format. Noted were the importance of building positive relationships, providing meaningful learning experiences, and meeting the needs of the full array of students - those behaving regularly to those who struggle daily with behavior.
enemies kid to kid and kid to teacher."