Innovative Strategies Make Connections

posted Feb 3, 2011, 8:42 AM by Cheryle Kennelly   [ updated Feb 3, 2011, 8:43 AM by Unknown user ]

PBIS schools and districts from all over Illinois are sharing stories of promising strategies they are using to engage family and community members in improving school culture and student achievement through the PBIS process.

Roxana CUSD 1 Parent/Community Advisory Council, which meets quarterly in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate its members’ work schedules,   reviews district-wide issues using school-specific data.  They recently hosted an evening First Annual Parent and Community Learning Institute, with 1,500 participants.  There were 54 community booths, 30 health fair booths, prizes, dinner and entertainment, and other activities.

Sandburg Elementary School, Springfield 186, recently hosted a PBIS Family Night along with a screening of their new student-scripted PBIS movie, which can be seen on www.springfield.k12.il.us/schools/sandburg. More than 300 people (an estimated 200 adults and 100 kids) from the community attended and 160 Sandburg shirts were given away to a member from each family.

Members of Park’s Parent Council have had an active part in PBIS implementation at Park Elementary School, District 148 Riverdale/Dolton. In addition to helping with morning arrivals, parent volunteers attend universal meetings, help with student celebrations, and are involved in the district leadership meetings. In March 2010, a Council parent volunteered time as a wraparound team member for a Park student/family who was beginning the wraparound process.

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