PBIS and Restorative Practices
What is PBIS?
Implementation framework for maximizing the selection and use of evidence-based prevention and intervention practices along a multi-tiered continuum that supports the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral competence of all students. The multi-tiered "continuum" is comprised of carefully selected, evidence-based practices at three different levels of support intensity. Specific practices are matched both to the level of support needed, and the local cultural context.
- Tier 1: Universal practices are experienced by all students and educators across all settings to establish a predictable, consistent, positive and safe climate.
- Tier 2: Targeted practices are designed for groups of students who need more structure, feedback, instruction and support than Tier 1 alone.
- Tier 3: Indicated practices are more intense and individualized to meet the challenges of students who need more than Tiers 1 and 2 alone.
What are Restorative Practices?
Restorative Practices are ways of pro-actively developing relationships and community, as well as repairing community when harm is done. After conflict or harm, Restorative Practices provide a way of thinking about, talking about, and responding to issues and problems by involving all participants to discuss their feelings and opinions, identify what happened, describe how it affected everyone, and find solutions to make things better. Rather than a separate program, Restorative Practices at Linden McKinley STEM are underlying mindsets, practices, and simply "how we do business" in school. When successfully integrated throughout the school culture and climate, Restorative Practices create safe and productive learning spaces where students develop social and emotional skills and strong relationships with peers and adults.
Why use Restorative Practices?
Restorative Practices is a philosophy and a system that aligns with PBIS, to ensure that the climate and culture needs of our school can be developed, supported, and assessed. It allows for the organic yet intentional growth that can only happen over time. As educators, it is our role to create supportive school communities where students can thrive and learn the academic, social and emotional skills that they need to succeed in college, career and life. Restorative Practices provide a way for schools to strengthen community, build relationships among students and between students and staff, and increase the safety and productivity of the learning environment. Restorative Practices:
- Improve school and classroom climates by focusing on community, relationships and responsibility.
- Promote social and emotional skill development by teaching students self-awareness, empathy, communication skills, responsible decision-making, relationship building, and conflict resolution.
- Decrease disciplinary issues and disruptions, and serve as an alternative to harmful exclusionary practices such as suspension and expulsion.
- Promote student engagement in learning and aids classroom management.
Linden McKinley STEM is receiving ongoing coaching and support from Mr. Shermont Fox through our SIG Grant. We will implement Restorative Practices as a part of our PBIS plan. Since this is a school wide effort, there are volunteer opportunities for everyone, and everyone is necessary. "It truly takes a village to raise a child."