PBISApps, a not-for-profit supporting educators to create more effective, equitable learning environments for students through high-quality data systems and training, recently recognized Elkins Park School for its creativity with engaging students in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is an evidence-based, three-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day.
Housed in the University of Oregon’s College of Education, PBISApps recently celebrated some PBIS wins from across the country from this school year in the article “It's a Wrap: Wins That Inspire From a Weird Year.” The story included EP’s efforts at hitting its 95 percent participation rate during remote learning. Students knew that if they hit the participation rate, there would be a surprise, but didn’t know specifics. The story included EP Vice Principal Shareese Nelson’s following description:
“We started off the school year 100 percent virtual. Our biggest concern was making sure students were present and participating even though they weren’t physically in the building. So, we came up with a month-long challenge to make sure we had over 95 percent participation each day. Students knew there would be something fun for them to look forward to if they met that goal. What they didn’t know was if they met this goal, our principal Mr. Wallace, our vice principal Ms. Trumbette, and I would dress up in inflatable costumes and participate in an obstacle course! Our music teacher, Ms. Moore put together a teaser video to get the students excited and keep going toward the goal. We ended up smashing that goal at 99 percent participation every day. The students LOVED watching us run that obstacle course and we even heard from parents how much fun they had watching it, too. The community response was amazing.”