Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports in CMSD
PBIS is CMSD's framework that connects the wide range of non-academic learning, supports, interventions, structures, and practices that create the conditions for joyful and adventurous learning environments. It incorporates essential elements of classroom and school management with social-emotional learning for all, family and community engagement, and wraparound supports.
PBIS stands for "Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports." It reflects a fundamental belief that behavior modification strategies for ALL students should be positive, predictable, and restorative rather than punitive or punishing. A strong evidence base has established that a PBIS approach leads to improved academic and non-academic outcomes for students, as well as improved conditions for learning and working. A strong PBIS framework also reduces referrals for special education evaluation.
PBIS in CMSD includes key foundational structures of all evidence-based PBIS models. In schools implementing PBIS, you should see:
- Expectations for student behavior are consistent, visible, and known to all.
- Classrooms and common areas of the school have set routines in place.
- Students are taught expected behaviors, rather than focusing on “what not to do.”
- Positive, specific feedback and “kind language” are used to remind, reward, and redirect student behavior.
- Rewards and consequences are consistent.
- Consequences for misbehavior are restorative, rather than punitive.
- Students are given responsibilities, voice, and choice throughout the school environment.
In addition to these foundational structures, CMSD believes that appropriate behavior is more likely to occur when students are able to develop key social-emotional competencies. CMSD schools implement social-emotional learning so that students can develop competencies in self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible problem solving. In schools implementing PBIS, you should see curricula such as:
- PATHS (grades PreK-5)
- Second Step (grades 6-8)
- Facing History and Ourselves (high school)
- Restorative Practices
PBIS in CMSD means that students who struggle with behavior and social-emotional learning receive small group and individualized interventions, not just suspensions. These interventions may include but are not limited to:
- Planning Centers
- Check-in, check-out with a trusted adult
- Small group or individual counseling
- Student Support Team (SST) referrals and collaborative meetings
- Attendance support
- Wraparound services
The District implements PBIS on a system-wide basis. The Board of Education directs the Chief Executive Officer/designee to develop a PBIS system that is consistent with the components set forth in the Ohio Board of Education’s policy on positive behavior interventions and supports. The District encourages family involvement as an integral part of its PBIS system.
The District's PBIS Steering Committee
Jessica Baldwin, Interim Deputy Chief, Student Services
Jillian Ahrens, 1st Grade Teacher and 3rd Vice President, Cleveland Teachers Union
Sonja Clark, Network Support Leader
Tracy Hill, Executive Director, Family and Community Engagement
Lorri Hobson, Director, Attendance
Caitlin Kilbane, Principal, Marion C. Seltzer
Alice Krost, Director, Special Education Behavior Services
Mary Moore, Intervention Specialist and 3rd Vice President, Cleveland Teachers Union
William Stencil, Executive Director, Humanware and Social-Emotional Learning
Alyssa Starinsky, Head of School, Rhodes College and Career Academy
Mary Ann Teitelbaum, Director, Psychological Services
Karen Thompson-Repas, Director, Occupational and Physical Therapy
Gregory Williams, Safety and Security
Marianne Wolf, Director, Preschool Special Education
Christopher Wyland, Principal, Remote School K-8