Readiness and Commitments
We have found that taking the time to make a well researched and well supported decision to implement PBIS results in greater administrative and faculty investment early in the program. Schools and districts considering PBIS are encouraged to learn more about the program through a NH CEBIS presentation to the full faculty and selective visits to the 140 New Hampshire schools which are already implementing the program.
In order for NH CEBIS to work with a school or district, three factors must be in place. These include the completion of an application reviewing readiness and commitments features, a faculty vote of 80% or more in favor of implementation and an agreement on contract terms for the provision of services.
NH CEBIS develops contracts with schools and districts for both comprehensive PBIS and for ala carte workshops on student discipline, classroom management and behavior management topics. While the readiness and commitment phase for ala carte workshops is less demanding, the likelihood of effective and sustainable change is also much smaller.
PBIS is a sustainable, proactive process that improves social, behavioral, and academic outcomes through positive, preventive evidence-based strategies, collegial and collaborative teaming, and data-based decision-making.
As a comprehensive and systematic approach, PBIS includes both prevention and response, is based on desired outcomes and is designed to reach all students in every context. Thus, the successful implementation of PBIS has significant impacts on systems in school, interpersonal practices and the way data is collected and used. Effective schools are consistent, predictable and positive places to be for both adults and students. In effective schools there is a common vision, language and set of experiences for all members of the community, and such broad cultural change requires time, effort and patience.