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Revisiting Reframe Episode 2: Cultivating Calm: How PBIS Transforms School Environments

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Revisiting Reframe Episode 2: Cultivating Calm: How PBIS Transforms School Environments

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When the hallways of Wilson Elementary became chaotic, the school decided to take action. What they discovered was a game-changing approach called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which not only decluttered their corridors but also transformed their entire school culture.

In this episode of Reframe, we delve into the story of how Wilson Elementary, located in the Forest Hills School District in Cincinnati, tackled their disorganization dilemma head-on. School counselor Jean Bode shares the journey from confusion to clarity, detailing how PBIS provided the perfect solution to their growing concerns.

PBIS isn't just about setting rules; it's about setting a stage for success by creating clear, positively-worded behavioral expectations that resonate throughout the school community. From cafeteria workers to bus drivers, everyone is on the same page, creating a consistent and supportive environment for students to thrive.

Miami University's associate professor of educational psychology, Amity Noltemeyer, brings an academic perspective to the conversation. As the recipient of a major federal grant, she underscores the importance of cultivating an optimal learning environment that fosters social, emotional, and academic success.

But how does PBIS work in practice? Wilson Elementary's "Wilson Way" exemplifies the approach by embedding common language and expectations into the fabric of daily school life. The result? A noticeable decrease in disciplinary issues, a serene cafeteria, and smooth transitions between classes.

Critics may argue that rewarding students for expected behavior is unnecessary, but Karen Coe from the Hamilton County Educational Service Center offers a compelling counterargument. It's not about rewards; it's about acknowledgment and encouragement, which are essential for everyone, including our young learners.

The proof is in the pudding—or, in this case, the blue and gold cards. These tokens of acknowledgment have not only motivated students but also led to Wilson Elementary's recognition as a gold award winner at the 2016 Ohio PBIS showcase.