By Nick Sestanovich
Following last year’s designation as a California Gold Ribbon school, Robert Semple Elementary has another honor it can claim: a Silver level recognition by the California PBIS Coalition.
Last week, Robert Semple was one of many schools throughout the state to be honored for its implementation of Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions (PBIS), an educational approach aimed at helping schools adopt educational-based interventions to improve social and academic outcomes for all students. Goals of PBIS include developing a continuum of behavior, social emotional and academic interventions and supports; using data to help make decisions and solve problems; creating a problem-free environment; encouraging positive social skills and behavior; implementing evidence-based behavioral practices; and continually monitoring student performance and progress. The developed continuum has three tiers: one that provides universal interventions for all students (Tier 1); one that puts together targeted interventions for students that need additional social, emotional and behavioral support (Tier 2); and one that creates individualized interventions for students in parents in need of additional social, emotional and behavioral support (Tier 3).