• Background

    The Positive Behavior Support program is a process for creating safer and more effective schools developed out of the University of Oregon and currently implemented in over 1300 schools across the United States.

    A group of staff from Littlerock attended a conference in the spring of 2005 to learn more about the program and returned to share information with the Littlerock staff. After receiving the staff’s support to move forward with implementing the program, a team representing primary and intermediate grades, specialists, educational support staff, special educators, and administration was put into place to begin planning for the program’s implementation.

    The program was implemented in the fall of 2005 and is based on the underlying philosophy that all staff work to support all students. That behavioral expectations are defined, taught and acknowledged. Also key to the program is the idea that behavioral errors are corrected proactively. That it is as important to be intentional in the way that we teach our children the appropriate way to behave as it is to be intentional in the way we teach them to read or write.

    Positive Behavior Support schools are predictable, positive, safe, and consistent in addressing student behavior. PBS schools are also associated with improved academic gains when combined with effective instruction.

    The program emphasizes the importance of common language in communicating with students, being intentional in teaching our school expectations, and recognizing and

    rewarding students who demonstrate the behaviors consistent with school expectations.