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Last year, the Sheldon Elementary School experienced several changes in leadership. Despite the leadership transitions, the PBIS team remained committed to strengthening their implementation and utilized coaching to support their efforts. As this year is winding to a close, some highlights of their journey and evolution include:


  1. Staff presentation used to establish the foundation of their work, including reviewing their school-wide data.
  2. Staff meetings have time dedicated monthly to PBIS data and information sharing.
  3. Universal PBIS Handbook updated to ensure all staff have access to the important information.

Student Progress:

  1. Significant reduction in students getting multiple ODRs (reduction in 100 as of February).
  2. Many students who had significant interfering behaviors last year have much fewer this year, thanks to Universal and Targeted interventions. 
  3. Students who achieved proficiency in math and reading increased by 5% and 3.5% respectively.
  4. 72% of students improved in both their math and reading skills.

PBIS Team:

  1. Student participating on the Universal PBIS team.
  2. Two caregivers participate on the Universal PBIS Team (who don’t work at the school!).
  3. Attended the Refreshing, Enhancing, and Deepening Universal training at the BEST/VTmtss Summer Institute.
  4. TFI score went from 60% to 87%.
  5. Developed and posted matrices in all classroom and non-classroom settings.
  6. Share data to inform progress and areas of focus for boosters after breaks.

Acknowledgement and Celebrations:

  1. Significant increase in whole school celebrations.
  2. Introduced the “golden bear paw” award, which is given to students who show marked improvement in meeting agreements (some students set goals to receive the golden bear paw!).
  3. Staff are also nominated for the “golden bear paw” award by both staff and students.
  4. Every month there is an assembly that features one of the agreements and each teacher can nominate one student who has consistently met that agreement (the team reviews nominations to ensure repeats don’t happen and students who are not normally recognized are).

Community Involvement:

  1. PBIS team presented to the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) about PBIS.
  2. The PTO donated gift cards and water bottles for the winners of golden paws.
  3. After a food drive was conducted, the organizer of the food drive came to a school-wide assembly and talked about how the success of the food drive was related to student engagement (one of the school-wide agreements).