PBIS Research – How Important Is It?

PBIS Research – How Important Is It?

Posted on 03 Aug 2016 in BIG Tip, Intervention, list, PBIS, School Behavior | 0 comments

Research Says… How many time have you heard the phrase, “Research Says…”? We quote it, we share it, we profess how important it is. But is it? Well, in the realm of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) my experience with real schools and real teachers and real students aligns with the research very closely. […]

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PBIS Highlights from Garfield High School, Los Angeles

Posted on 11 Mar 2013 in Classroom Behavior, Intervention, PBIS, School Behavior, Student Behavior | 0 comments

PBIS Works! 99% of the 2,500+ Garfield High School students are Hispanic. And after implementing PBIS for two years, suspensions decreased from over 500 down to 1. Amazing! The Fix School Discipline blog highlights an interview with the schools’ administrators. Here are a few very interesting quotes. Principal Jose Huerta: Suspensions and expulsions don’t deter bad […]

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4-Part Assessment System Essential for School Success

Posted on 15 Feb 2013 in BIG Tip, Classroom Behavior, Intervention, PBIS, School Behavior | 0 comments

Schools today are required to implement dozens and dozens of new program and initiative every year. Are these initiatives required or even good for students and staff? Probably. I’m sure most of them are good, though some may only be someone’s pet project or the flavor of the day. Do these initiatives ever work? That […]

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4 Reasons for Low Effect-Size of Social Skills Training Programs

Posted on 06 Feb 2013 in Intervention | 0 comments

Social Skills Programs
There are hundreds of social skills programs on the market. Most are untested and unproven – in a rigouous and scientific way. Almost all claim to be “Evidence-based”, but that does not mean that they are Research-Based or that they demonstrated to be effective and actually deliver measurable results in a scientific study or practice.

Intstitute of Education Sciences
The Intstitute of Education Sciences (IES) is a goverment research institution that looks at the research behind educational practices. One of their markee brands is the What Works Clearinghouse. The WWC is a great resourse for reviewing if the program you want to use in your classroom is effective (scientifically speaking).

The IES has recently released their findings on Social Skills Training in early education settings – and the results are NOT encouraging. See their findings here and download the full report. Other meta-analysis studies by Sarup Mathur, Robert Rutherford and others in the early 2000’s confirm the low effect-size of most social skills training research studies.

4 Reasons for Low Effect-Size of Social Skills Training Programs
There can be a lot of reasons for the dismal effectiveness of student training or intervention program.

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Cool Anti-Bullying Video

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 in Classroom Behavior, Intervention, PBIS, School Behavior, Student Behavior | 0 comments

Bullying is a hot topic in education right now. And for good reason: 28% of adolescents report being bullies over the last 6 months. (Center for Ed Stats, 2006) There are 4 main ways that bullying can be inflicted on victims: Physical, verbal, indirect, and sexual. All definitions of bullying include these four factors: Imbalance […]

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