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PSIS 119 (The Glendale) was going through the PBIS motions. They had the systems, they had the tools, and they had the structure…but they didn’t totally have the buy-in.

The team had chosen LiveSchool to facilitate their program because they wanted to:

In year one, staff and students knew about the program. Points were being earned and rewards were being redeemed. But it was all happening too infrequently to really shape the culture of The Glendale. It was in the background.

The Problem

It was a program that staff used but didn’t really change the behaviors and actions of the members of the community.

Inconsistent implementation was also leading to inconsistent results with students as they were striving to create relationships with all of their students. Everyone didn’t feel like they had a staff member they could go to. 

Principal Asia Robinson-Etkins decided some things needed to change in year two for the school to really soar. The program had success but the Rubric, Points, Houses, and Rewards were all being driven by the administration. 

The Solution

The potential was there, but the sphere of influence needed to expand to unlock it. That’s why she started by recruiting some help and they turned that potential into: 

Let’s start by looking at the impact that positive reinforcement was having on students' mental health at The Glendale.

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PSIS 119 (The Glendale) was going through the PBIS motions. They had the systems, they had the tools, and they had the structure…but they didn’t totally have the buy-in.

The team had chosen LiveSchool to facilitate their program because they wanted to:

  • Make a “large school” feel like a “small community”
  • Create a positive competitive culture
  • Involve ALL stakeholders in the culture of the school

In year one, staff and students knew about the program. Points were being earned and rewards were being redeemed. But it was all happening too infrequently to really shape the culture of The Glendale. It was in the background.

The Problem

It was a program that staff used but didn’t really change the behaviors and actions of the members of the community.

Inconsistent implementation was also leading to inconsistent results with students as they were striving to create relationships with all of their students. Everyone didn’t feel like they had a staff member they could go to. 

Principal Asia Robinson-Etkins decided some things needed to change in year two for the school to really soar. The program had success but the Rubric, Points, Houses, and Rewards were all being driven by the administration. 

The Solution

The potential was there, but the sphere of influence needed to expand to unlock it. That’s why she started by recruiting some help and they turned that potential into: 

  • 235K Positive Behavior Points
  • 72% More Positive Behavior
  • Student Belonging Increased by 14%

Let’s start by looking at the impact that positive reinforcement was having on students' mental health at The Glendale.

Let’s take this to your inbox
We’ll send you our monthly newsletter which is fully stocked with free resources like articles, videos, podcasts, reward ideas, and anything else we can think of to help you make your school awesome.

PSIS 119 (The Glendale) was going through the PBIS motions. They had the systems, they had the tools, and they had the structure…but they didn’t totally have the buy-in.

The team had chosen LiveSchool to facilitate their program because they wanted to:

  • Make a “large school” feel like a “small community”
  • Create a positive competitive culture
  • Involve ALL stakeholders in the culture of the school

In year one, staff and students knew about the program. Points were being earned and rewards were being redeemed. But it was all happening too infrequently to really shape the culture of The Glendale. It was in the background.

The Problem

It was a program that staff used but didn’t really change the behaviors and actions of the members of the community.

Inconsistent implementation was also leading to inconsistent results with students as they were striving to create relationships with all of their students. Everyone didn’t feel like they had a staff member they could go to. 

Principal Asia Robinson-Etkins decided some things needed to change in year two for the school to really soar. The program had success but the Rubric, Points, Houses, and Rewards were all being driven by the administration. 

The Solution

The potential was there, but the sphere of influence needed to expand to unlock it. That’s why she started by recruiting some help and they turned that potential into: 

  • 235K Positive Behavior Points
  • 72% More Positive Behavior
  • Student Belonging Increased by 14%

Let’s start by looking at the impact that positive reinforcement was having on students' mental health at The Glendale.

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Improving the Social-Emotional Impact On Everyone

Students at The Glendale take a survey 3x a year that asks a simple question: “Do you feel like you have an adult you can go to at your school if you need help?” That question has a big impact on how successful a student can be in school.

It’s a leading indicator for improving behavior, academics, and mental health overall. It’s the kind of question you ask when you really want to educate the whole child

In year one, when PBIS and House System structures were being developed but buy-in was only so-so, 62% of students answered “yes” to that question.

A year later, after the team’s plan was put into action and staff were using LiveSchool 23% more often…76% of students at The Glendale answered “yes” that they did feel like they had an adult they could go to if they needed help.

That’s 14% more students in school who feel safe, respected, encouraged, and supported. There is no truer measure of your program’s success than that!

To see how they created all of those positive interactions, we need to introduce Asia’s team of House Coordinators. 

PS/IS #119 Queens, also known as “The Glendale” is a hub of learning, inquiry, collaboration, and exploration that is grounded in educating the whole child. The entire school community works to create a positive atmosphere and environment of excellence that embraces all learners and experiences. 

This includes culturally and linguistically responsive practices, and of course, fun. All while supporting 21st-century skills that will prepare students for a successful transition to high school and their post-secondary goals.

The Glendale serves students K-8 students in New York City and aside from Kindergarten, every member of the school community is included in one of four Houses.

  • 1200 Students
  • Grades K-8
  • 30% Hispanic
  • 26% Asian or Pacific Islander
  • 75% Free and Reduced Lunch

Meet the House Coordinators

Principal Robinson-Etkins knew that if she wanted the program to become sustainable she needed to expand the leadership structure. She also knew that by naming four staff members as House Coordinators she could greatly expand the staff buy-in to the program.

She named a coordinator for each House to help run the program, answer questions, and troubleshoot issues as they arise. 

The four coordinators also had some leeway to shape the values that would be the foundation of their Houses. By doing so they could both add a personal touch to the makings of the House and gather input from students and staff as to what they wanted their House to represent.

House of Perseverance

Kelly Cunnigham’s House would be focused on the importance of continuous effort and determination. She wanted her students to forge ahead when things became challenging, always showing tenacity and grit.

House of Innovators

Shannon Ditta’s House would lean into the inherent power students can create when they ask the question “What if?” She wanted her students to challenge themselves and learn by doing.

House of Integrity

Jean Hagelstein’s House prided itself in having strong moral principles and showing empathy towards its peers. She wanted her students to focus on what was right, not what was easy.

House of Believers

ErinKelli Kilbane’s House would be for the dreamers, those that believed they could achieve. She wanted her students to know that a dream could be a reality if they believed and had the courage to act upon it.

Now that they had House Coordinators, Asia, and her team needed to find a way to get the rest of the staff on board with implementing PBIS.

The Results

The team decided to focus its efforts on increasing staff fidelity in three core areas:

Staff Training

The coordinators would plan and lead in-house Professional Development to share best practices and explain how to implement the program effectively. This included the basics like:

  • How to Award Points
  • How to Access and Utilize the Data
  • How to Customize their Rubric

Staff Input

The team knew that it is very difficult to follow a program if you had no input in the planning process. That’s why they met with the staff to gather student reward ideas and to identify what student behaviors they felt should be prioritized at The Glendale.

Rewarding Staff

The team also decided that the best way to incentivize staff to participate would be to use the same principles they were using to appeal to students: rewards!

They made distributing points into a game that participating staff could be recognized with:

  • Gift Cards
  • Extra Prep Periods
  • House Celebrations
  • Bulletin Board Displays

Your School's Turn

But the staff weren’t the only stakeholders who benefited from the team’s new plan. The student rewards were set up for Houses and for individual students to earn recognition.

They established a quarterly House competition that earned the winning House a party. Each House was assigned an administrator in addition to the Teacher Coordinator with the administrator being responsible for the House party if they won.

Individual students were awarded:

As well as classroom-level prizes that were run by their homeroom teachers. All of this improvement wasn’t just seen in teacher fidelity. 

By incentivizing staff to praise and award students they created an environment where the Social-Emotional well-being of their students could thrive.

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About the Presenter

Shannon Ditta is in her 9th year of teaching in the Department of Education in New York City. She has worked as a math teacher in grades 3,4,5 and 6 during that time! Last year she moved into an instructional coach role while also teaching fifth grade math. Shannon uses this role to meet weekly with grade teams to develop curriculum, analyze data and embed standards-based assessments. She is one of four coordinators for the PBIS program in her school which focuses on reaching every child and positive reinforcement. Together they create and implement activities that are used schoolwide to focus on social emotional learning.  She’s excited to share her journey and continue growing and learning with you!

About the Event

PSIS 119 (The Glendale) was going through the PBIS motions. They had the systems, they had the tools, and they had the structure…but they didn’t totally have the buy-in.

The team had chosen LiveSchool to facilitate their program because they wanted to:

  • Make a “large school” feel like a “small community”
  • Create a positive competitive culture
  • Involve ALL stakeholders in the culture of the school

In year one, staff and students knew about the program. Points were being earned and rewards were being redeemed. But it was all happening too infrequently to really shape the culture of The Glendale. It was in the background.

The Problem

It was a program that staff used but didn’t really change the behaviors and actions of the members of the community.

Inconsistent implementation was also leading to inconsistent results with students as they were striving to create relationships with all of their students. Everyone didn’t feel like they had a staff member they could go to. 

Principal Asia Robinson-Etkins decided some things needed to change in year two for the school to really soar. The program had success but the Rubric, Points, Houses, and Rewards were all being driven by the administration. 

The Solution

The potential was there, but the sphere of influence needed to expand to unlock it. That’s why she started by recruiting some help and they turned that potential into: 

  • 235K Positive Behavior Points
  • 72% More Positive Behavior
  • Student Belonging Increased by 14%

Let’s start by looking at the impact that positive reinforcement was having on students' mental health at The Glendale.

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About the Event

PSIS 119 (The Glendale) was going through the PBIS motions. They had the systems, they had the tools, and they had the structure…but they didn’t totally have the buy-in.

The team had chosen LiveSchool to facilitate their program because they wanted to:

  • Make a “large school” feel like a “small community”
  • Create a positive competitive culture
  • Involve ALL stakeholders in the culture of the school

In year one, staff and students knew about the program. Points were being earned and rewards were being redeemed. But it was all happening too infrequently to really shape the culture of The Glendale. It was in the background.

The Problem

It was a program that staff used but didn’t really change the behaviors and actions of the members of the community.

Inconsistent implementation was also leading to inconsistent results with students as they were striving to create relationships with all of their students. Everyone didn’t feel like they had a staff member they could go to. 

Principal Asia Robinson-Etkins decided some things needed to change in year two for the school to really soar. The program had success but the Rubric, Points, Houses, and Rewards were all being driven by the administration. 

The Solution

The potential was there, but the sphere of influence needed to expand to unlock it. That’s why she started by recruiting some help and they turned that potential into: 

  • 235K Positive Behavior Points
  • 72% More Positive Behavior
  • Student Belonging Increased by 14%

Let’s start by looking at the impact that positive reinforcement was having on students' mental health at The Glendale.

Let’s take this to your inbox
We’ll send you our monthly newsletter which is fully stocked with free resources like articles, videos, podcasts, reward ideas, and anything else we can think of to help you make your school awesome.

PSIS 119 (The Glendale) was going through the PBIS motions. They had the systems, they had the tools, and they had the structure…but they didn’t totally have the buy-in.

The team had chosen LiveSchool to facilitate their program because they wanted to:

  • Make a “large school” feel like a “small community”
  • Create a positive competitive culture
  • Involve ALL stakeholders in the culture of the school

In year one, staff and students knew about the program. Points were being earned and rewards were being redeemed. But it was all happening too infrequently to really shape the culture of The Glendale. It was in the background.

The Problem

It was a program that staff used but didn’t really change the behaviors and actions of the members of the community.

Inconsistent implementation was also leading to inconsistent results with students as they were striving to create relationships with all of their students. Everyone didn’t feel like they had a staff member they could go to. 

Principal Asia Robinson-Etkins decided some things needed to change in year two for the school to really soar. The program had success but the Rubric, Points, Houses, and Rewards were all being driven by the administration. 

The Solution

The potential was there, but the sphere of influence needed to expand to unlock it. That’s why she started by recruiting some help and they turned that potential into: 

  • 235K Positive Behavior Points
  • 72% More Positive Behavior
  • Student Belonging Increased by 14%

Let’s start by looking at the impact that positive reinforcement was having on students' mental health at The Glendale.

Learn more about the author, 
Shannon Ditta
 
Let’s take this to your inbox
We’ll send you our monthly newsletter which is fully stocked with free resources like articles, videos, podcasts, reward ideas, and anything else we can think of to help you make your school awesome.

PSIS 119 (The Glendale) was going through the PBIS motions. They had the systems, they had the tools, and they had the structure…but they didn’t totally have the buy-in.

The team had chosen LiveSchool to facilitate their program because they wanted to:

  • Make a “large school” feel like a “small community”
  • Create a positive competitive culture
  • Involve ALL stakeholders in the culture of the school

In year one, staff and students knew about the program. Points were being earned and rewards were being redeemed. But it was all happening too infrequently to really shape the culture of The Glendale. It was in the background.

The Problem

It was a program that staff used but didn’t really change the behaviors and actions of the members of the community.

Inconsistent implementation was also leading to inconsistent results with students as they were striving to create relationships with all of their students. Everyone didn’t feel like they had a staff member they could go to. 

Principal Asia Robinson-Etkins decided some things needed to change in year two for the school to really soar. The program had success but the Rubric, Points, Houses, and Rewards were all being driven by the administration. 

The Solution

The potential was there, but the sphere of influence needed to expand to unlock it. That’s why she started by recruiting some help and they turned that potential into: 

  • 235K Positive Behavior Points
  • 72% More Positive Behavior
  • Student Belonging Increased by 14%

Let’s start by looking at the impact that positive reinforcement was having on students' mental health at The Glendale.

Learn more about the author, 
Shannon Ditta
 

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