School-Wide PBIS in High School: Reducing the Use of School Suspension (Dr. Robert March & Ms. Renae Azziz)

School districts across the country are rightfully concerned about the numbers of students who are being suspended or expelled for their behavior. Equally important is the emerging research that indicates that these consequences are not likely to change the inappropriate behavior of the students involved, nor do they serve to deter other students from engaging in the same behaviors (Skiba, Peterson & Williams, 1999, 1997). Instead, these consequences make the suspended student’s academic progress more difficult, and they may increase the likelihood of the student dropping out of school or having other negative outcomes.

This presentation provided examples from high schools in Shreveport, LA, Lake Charles, LA, Connorsville, IN and Mishawaka, IN on how positive behavior support strategies are being employed in schools serving grades 9 through 12 to create educational environments that promote; a) effective educational programming, b) socially competent behavior, c) self management skills, and d) successful transitions from middle to high school settings.
Participants were provided specific SW-PBIS practices and policies that have been effectively implemented in high schools in Indiana & Louisiana resulting in significant reductions in the use of school suspension.  Multiple examples of SW-PBIS HS plans were presented that demonstrate positive behavioral-change outcomes for students. Participants were provided a framework for reviewing and strengthening practices & policies in the schools they serve.

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