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Implementing Positive Behavior Support Systems in Early Childhood and Elementary Settings
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Implementing Positive Behavior Support Systems in Early Childhood and Elementary Settings

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November 2007 | 152 pages | Corwin

"The book's strengths are its practical information and the specific ways of looking at expectations and developing a common language. The forms included will be of great benefit to school teams."
—Susan Safarik, Supervisor, Department of Special Education
Lincoln Public Schools, NE

"Provides a lot of research and breaks down the processes for implementing positive behavior supports effectively in schools. Step-by-step directions, sample forms, and examples make the processes easy to incorporate and understand."
—Julia DeGarmo, Special Education Specialist
Columbus City Schools, OH

Learn how to teach and support appropriate behavior and build confidence in young children!

This easy-to-read resource presents the Programwide/Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Support (PW/SW-PBS) system, a preventive, research-based approach that helps educators teach classroom behavior skills the same way they teach academic skills. The authors outline the PW/SW-PBS model, describe the core practices, and provide case examples to aid implementation. Key features of this instruction-based system include:

  • Differing levels of intervention to meet individual student needs
  • Clearly stated behavioral expectations
  • Consistent acknowledgment of students' mastery of expectations
  • Systematic use of consequences for problem behavior

This user-friendly text makes the principles of PW/SW-PBS easy to apply for educators who are committed to helping young students establish positive behavioral habits that will make learning a joy for all.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. A Proactive Approach to Behavior Management
The Importance of Understanding Students' Past Learning Experiences

 
Recommendations From the Field

 
Programwide/Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support

 
Continuum of Supports and Key Features

 
Support for PW/SW-PBS

 
Summary

 
Text Overview

 
 
2. Supporting Systems Change
Creating a Statewide, Districtwide, or Programwide System

 
Getting Started

 
Building Capacity at the School/Program Level

 
Summary

 
 
3. Team Leadership
Forming a PW/SW-PBS Team

 
Initial Planning Efforts

 
Determining Priorities and Time Frames

 
Assigning Roles and Running Effective Meetings

 
Determining Data Collection Needs

 
Professional Development

 
Promoting PW/SW-PBS to Staff and Families

 
Summary

 
 
4. Teach Behavioral Expectations
Choose Behavior Expectations

 
Determine Behaviors That Represent Expectations

 
Develop Matrix to Support Common Language

 
Teach Each Social Behavior

 
Summary

 
 
5. Support Appropriate Behavior
Strategies to Increase Use of Taught Behavioral Expectations

 
Prompts/Cues

 
Strategies to Build Fluency and Maintain Appropriate Behavior

 
Summary

 
 
6. Corrective Consequences
Defining and Consistently Responding to Problem Behavior

 
Documentation of Problem Behavior

 
Using Corrective Consequences

 
Additional Considerations

 
Determining Different Consequences for Unique Needs

 
Summary

 
 
7. Data-Based Decision Making
Designing a Plan for Data Collection

 
SW-PBS Decision Making

 
Summary

 
 
8. Building Foundations for Small-Group and Individual Supports
Universals Firmly in Place

 
Systems to Establish Small Group/Targeted Supports

 
Small-Group/Targeted Strategies

 
Intensive/Individual Student Supports

 
Conclusion

 
 
References
 
Index

"Provides plentiful research and breaks down the processes for effectively implementing positive behavior supports in schools. Step-by-step directions, sample forms, and examples make the processes easy to incorporate and understand."

Julia DeGarmo, Special Education Specialist
Columbus City Schools, OH

"The most comprehensive book to date in the area of schoolwide and programwide positive behavior support for the early years."

Lee Kern, Professor
Lehigh University

"An important and very timely book from leading authorities in positive behavior support. The extension of their approach to preschool programs is a vital contribution in preventing adverse trajectories of problem behavior. I recommended the book highly as a guide for programs serving children of all ages."

Glen Dunlap, Research Professor
Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida

"The book’s major strengths are its practical information and the specific ways of looking at expectations and developing a common language. The forms included will be of great benefit to school teams."

Susan Safarik, Supervisor, Department of Special Education
Lincoln Public Schools, NE
Key features
  • Offers a positive and research-proven method of teaching appropriate behavior at the preschool and elementary levels.
  • Demonstrates the implementation of a schoolwide approach for teaching and supporting positive behavior
  • Easy to read and jargon free
  • Practical information and guidance on implementation

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