Implementing Positive Behavior Support Systems in Early Childhood and Elementary Settings

ISBN-10: 1412940567

ISBN-13: 9781412940566

Edition: 2008

Authors: Melissa Stormont, Timothy J. Lewis, Rebecca Beckner, Nanci W. Johnson

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Implementing Positive Behavior Support Systems in Early Childhood and Elementary Settings provides the information preschool and elementary teachers and administrators need to understand schoolwide positive behavior support (SW-PBS) systems and what it takes to implement this type of system in their schools. Schoolwide positive behavior support is a prevention-based approach for teaching and supporting appropriate behavior in all children. The book assists educators in applying this system by presenting the foundational principles of SW-PBS and effective core practices, as well as extensive research underlying this approach. Beginning with a discussion of the foundational principals in Part One of the book, the author describes each core practice and includes figures, tables, and case examples illustrating how schools can implement each specific practice. Providing clarification on the required administrator and staff training, the book also outlines the commitment, funding, and leadership necessary for effective implementation and illustrates throughout the positive results of schoolwide positive behavior support for individuals and schools.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Dr. Timothy J. Lewis has been involved in special education for over 20 years. Dr. Lewis has taught students with emotional and behavioral disorders in high school, elementary, and self-contained psychiatric settings. At present, Dr. Lewis is Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Development, and Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri. Dr. Lewis has been involved with developing school-wide systems of behavioral support for over 15 years. He has worked directly with school teams around the world, secured several federal grants to support his research and demonstration efforts, and is a frequent contributor to the professional literature examining various aspects of Positive Behavior Support. His specialty areas include social skill instruction, functional assessment, and proactive school-wide discipline systems.

Rebecca S. Beckner is an early childhood behavior consultant with the public schools in Columbia, Missouri. She has been a family and individual counselor and owned a childcare center for ten years, specializing in the care of children with behavioral concerns. Becky currently participates in the evaluation of young children in the area of social/emotional/behavioral functioning and serves children with severe behavior problems and their families. She also facilitates several local Program-wide Positive Behavior Support teams in the public schools, Head Start, and community day cares. Becky has twenty years of experience consulting with teachers on behavior management and providing workshop and in-service training to teaching staff and parents on subjects such as Positive Behavior Supports, social skills, strategies for supporting children with significant behavioral difficulties, resiliency, and communicating with parents. Becky is a certified trainer of Program-wide Positive Behavior Support and has traveled throughout the country supporting teams as they implement the approach. She is also working on her dissertation at the University of Missouri (Special Education-Behavior Disorders) on implementing the PBS approach to improve at-risk behavior of preschool children, and is teaching courses on early childhood assessment and working with families.

<p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%"><b><u>Nanci Johnson</u></b> is currently a Positive Behavior Support Facilitator for the Columbia Public Schools. She previously worked as part of the Missouri Positive Behavior Support initiative, collaborating to develop state training materials, conducting school based research and providing</p><p style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%">consultation both in and out of the state. Nanci has taught parenting education, pre-school, kindergarten, first grade, as well as college level coursework. She has special interest in systems based school change, development of communities of practice to support effective instructional practices, and instructional leadership.</p>

About the Authors
A Proactive Approach to Behavior Management
The Importance of Understanding Students' Past Learning Experiences
Recommendations From the Field
Programwide/Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support
Continuum of Supports and Key Features
Support for PW/SW-PBS
Text Overview
Supporting Systems Change
Creating a Statewide, Districtwide, or Programwide System
Getting Started
Building Capacity at the School/Program Level
Team Leadership
Forming a PW/SW-PBS Team
Initial Planning Efforts
Determining Priorities and Time Frames
Assigning Roles and Running Effective Meetings
Determining Data Collection Needs
Professional Development
Promoting PW/SW-PBS to Staff and Families
Teach Behavioral Expectations
Choose Behavior Expectations
Determine Behaviors That Represent Expectations
Develop Matrix to Support Common Language
Teach Each Social Behavior
Support Appropriate Behavior
Strategies to Increase Use of Taught Behavioral Expectations
Strategies to Build Fluency and Maintain Appropriate Behavior
Corrective Consequences
Defining and Consistently Responding to Problem Behavior
Documentation of Problem Behavior
Using Corrective Consequences
Additional Considerations
Determining Different Consequences for Unique Needs
Data-Based Decision Making
Designing a Plan for Data Collection
SW-PBS Decision Making
Building Foundations for Small-Group and Individual Supports
Universals Firmly in Place
Systems to Establish Small Group/Targeted Supports
Small-Group/Targeted Strategies
Intensive/Individual Student Supports
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