2018-08-15 / Society

PBIS and 7 Mindsets community meeting


Above, from left, Teresa Mitchell, Temonica Ealey, Gina Gaines, Lorie Clenney, FACES Coordinator Gwen Houston, Allison Hutchins, Jason Muhlenkamp, Yolanda Turner and Tarisha Lee. Above, from left, Teresa Mitchell, Temonica Ealey, Gina Gaines, Lorie Clenney, FACES Coordinator Gwen Houston, Allison Hutchins, Jason Muhlenkamp, Yolanda Turner and Tarisha Lee. The Early County School System hosted a community meeting for parents and stakeholders to spread the word about PBIS and the 7 Mindsets initiatives beginning this year at all schools.

The initiatives, spearheaded by system PBIS Director Priscilla Yarbrough, will bring ECSS in line with school systems across the state.

“PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is an evidence based, data-driven decision making framework for establishing the social culture and behavioral supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students and staff,” according to PBISWorld.org.

Yarbrough explained how, “PBIS improves school climate by fostering an atmosphere where students feel welcomed, safe and respected.”

PBIS is a framework to teach students expected behavior in all strategic areas across school facilities. The architecture of the program addresses behavior through prevention and pro-active planning done by teams of administrators, teachers, support staff, students and parents at each school.

Each school has adopted a behavior matrix posted throughout their campuses.

“The program encourages schools to move from traditional discipline approaches to rethink and prevent issues before problems arise,” stated Yarbrough.

Within restricting, PBIS offers a multi-tiered system of support to address academic, social and behavior needs of children. For the first tier, all students receive core instruction and in tier two, some students need more strategic support – usually provided in small group settings.

The tiers are all layered, and in the final tier, (Tier Three) students may need intensive targeted support which is more individualized.

Part of the Tier One strategy for ECSS is to use the 7 Mindsets curriculum to teach students social and emotional skills. The mindsets will be taught at all schools, offering insights to help students learn about essential elements needed to live lives of extraordinary happiness, meaning and success.

The program is designed to help students obtain the right mindset to have success in life as well as school. The mindsets are: Everything is Possible, Passion First, We are Connected, 100% Accountable, Attitude of Gratitude, Live to Give, and The Time is Now.

Every school has had a kickoff for the programs with their entire student bodies. Preview presentations were given by Teresa Mitchell, ECHS; Angela Bell, ECMS; and Matthew Cullifer, ECES.

Family Connections also introduced their “The Power is You” campaign with a presentation from coordinator Gwen Houston. Family Connections provided door prizes and refreshments for the event.

Winners included Teresa Mitchell, Temonica Ealey, Gina Gaines, Lorie Clenney, FACES Coordinator Gwen Houston, Allison Hutchins, Jason Muhlenkamp, Yolanda Turner and Tarisha Lee.

For further information about the programs, visit: www.pbis.org; www.gadoe.org; and www.7mindsetsacademy.com.

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