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PBIS At Home for Families/Caregivers*

(*Families/Caregivers also include kin, foster, and adoptive caregivers)

Family/Caregiver Plan for Positive Behavior at Home (webpage)

  • Families can use this resource to make a family schedule, choose family expectations, and make a plan to teach, remind, reward, and respond to behavior at home.

4 Tips for Your Families/Caregivers Trying PBIS at Home (webpage)

  • BEFORE you begin implementing PBIS at home, read these 4 tips and advice written by a parent.

Positive Behavior Support at Home (Google doc)

  • This document gives a brief overview of PBIS and walks families through implementing PBIS at home, including a fillable worksheet, steps for responding to problem behavior, a primer on function of behavior, introduction to restorative practices and Zones of Regulation, book list, and examples.

Creating a Home Plan with School-wide PBIS (pdf)

  • This fact sheet explains the basics of PBIS and invites parents to use the school’s behavioral expectations to create a Home Plan that addresses behaviors in these categories: Before School, After School, On Weekends, and In the Community.

Responding to Challenging Behaviors of School-Aged Children at Home and/or Childcare Settings (AOE webpage)

  • This document is intended to provide families and childcare providers with resources for responding to children who struggle with social and emotional learning.

The ABC’s of Behavior (webpage)

  • Short videos that include suggestions, numerous blog posts, downloadable resources & worksheets for families on the following topics: Communication, Relationships, Correcting Behavior.

Using PBIS at Home to Improve Family Life (YouTube)

  • This webinar for families is from the Vermont Family Network. It covers the information in module 4 of the PACER Center’s PBIS Training Modules for Families – “PBIS – Supporting Your Child’s Positive Behavior at Home and in the Community.”

10 Behavior Strategies Parents Can Use Today (webpage)

  • 10 behavioral strategies for families to use at home.

Getting Behavior in Shape at Home (pdf)

  • A hypothetical situation of a child who refuses to eat dinner almost every night. Read to find out what steps to use to change the child’s behavior. Apply these steps to other behaviors.

Reward Systems (webpage)

  • PBIS World has a section on Reward Systems which explains why, when and how to use rewards in the classroom. The list of reward resources is a mix of ideas for use by teachers in the classroom and for parents to use at home.

Family Behavior 101 (pdf)

  • This PowerPoint is for families to help them develop a deeper understanding of behavior and explore proactive strategies. Topics covered include: temperament categories for children, types of problem behavior, the functions of behavior, and the process to change behavior. Using PBIS at home is also covered including: thinking about your home, expectations at home, teaching behaviors at home, and responding to misbehaviors at home.

PBIS Compendium (Missouri School District Resources) (webpage)

  • Resources to create consistency across settings (home, school, community). Plus, FBA information for families.

Virtual Learning Resources for Families/Caregivers

Parent Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning (webpage)

  • Family tips for establishing routines, setting expectations, encouraging self-regulation, giving detailed praise, using natural consequences and more.

22 Remote Learning Tips For Parents Helping At Home (webpage)

  • Continuum of remote learning tips for parents and families (perhaps suddenly) working with children at home.

Evidence-Backed Ways Parents Can Think Like a Teacher to Improve Virtual Learning (webpage)

  • Evidence-based guidelines to help caregivers improve distance learning,

PBIS At School for Families/Caregivers

These resources could be used directly by families or by school teams looking for ways to educate families about PBIS.

What Families/Caregivers Need to Know About Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions (YouTube)

  • This is a 30-minute PBIS overview webinar recorded in December 2016 by Amy Wheeler-Sutton, Training and Development Coordinator, VTPBIS State Leadership Team. 

PBIS Training Modules for Families/Caregivers (webpage)

  • 5 training modules (videos, scripts, and Power Points) on the following topics: 1 – Principles to improve your child’s life and future; 2 – Using a functional behavior assessment to understand behavior; 3 – How effective behavior support at school leads to better education for all students; 4 – Supporting your child’s positive behavior at home and in the community; and 5 – Parent involvement and leadership.

Understanding Functional Behavioral Analysis (FBA): Part 1 (YouTube) and Part 2 (YouTube)

  • 2-part webinar that describes the basics of an FBA and how a Behavioral Intervention Plan is developed. 

Family/Caregiver Engagement Resources for School Teams

Family Engagement Modules for PBIS Schools

These four modules were developed and presented by the Vermont Family Network in partnership with the Vermont PBIS State Team. The intended audience is school PBIS leadership teams. The first three modules address family engagement at the three levels of PBIS: Universal, Targeted, and Intensive. The last module is a review of the PBIS Family Engagement Survey and Resources.

Resources for Family Engagement from the National PBIS TA Center (webpage)

  • Large collection of resources including school-wide and classroom rubrics to assess family engagement in your school, challenges, and WHY involve families in PBIS.

Enhancing Family-School Collaboration with Diverse Families (webpage)

  • This brief is designed to help inform school leaders about how intentional collaboration with diverse families can be created through environments in which educators work alongside families on behalf of the students they serve. Recommendations for action are included.

Aligning and Integrating Family Engagement in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) (webpage)

  • Free, detailed e-book that includes implementing family partnerships to promote social/emotional competence, effective elementary/middle school strategies, enhancing family engagement at the high school, and more.

Advancing Family-School Collaboration in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Through the Family-School-Community Alliance (pdf)

  • Features and guiding principles for Family School Collaboration

Vermont Family Engagement Toolkit and Self-Assessment (pdf)

  • Toolkit provides researched-based information, proven strategies, a self-assessment to reflect on your own practice, and links to additional tools that can be customized.

VTPBIS Family/Caregiver Engagement Self-Assessment (google doc)

  • Use this self-assessment to indicate the extent to which family/caregiver engagement practices are implemented at your school and to guide your team’s action planning.

Epstein’s Types of Parent Engagement and School-wide PBS Activities (pdf)

  • Look here for ideas on how to engage families in PBIS. Ideas are organized by the six types of parent engagement identified by Dr. Joyce Epstein of the National Network of Partnership Schools.

10 PBIS Tips for Partnering with Families (webpage)

  • 10 useful tips to use to get families involved

Examples of Letters to Send Home, PBIS School Brochures, PBIS Parent Handbooks, etc.:

PBIS PPT Presentation (ppt)

  • This is a 35-slide Power Point by the Vermont PBIS State Team with the following learning objectives: learn about school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports; see and hear examples of PBIS in Vermont schools; consider strategies for using PBIS at home; and discuss how to learn more and get involved. Using PBIS at home (slides 25-33) and how families can support PBIS (slide 24 and 34) may be particular interest. Schools can use or adapt this presentation for families or faculty/staff.

Family Engagement Resources in an Equitable, Multi-level System of Supports (pdf)

  • 24 resources for schools and districts implementing and improving their family engagement efforts within an equitable, multi-level system of supports. Topics include: culturally responsive practices, evidence-based strategies, 2-way family communication, family empowerment, mental health, and more. Easy chart format that describes intended audience, format, links, and descriptors.

Partnership for Change: A Guide for Engaging ELL Families: 

  • 20 big ideas that will help schools strengthen home-school partnerships on behalf of English Language Learners (ELL) students. A list of specific strategies follows each idea, along with questions for reflection that can be used for professional development activities on an individual basis or in group settings. The guide includes 6 sections: Connecting with ELL Families, Communicating Important Information, Parent Participation, Parents as Leaders, Community Partnerships, and Creating an Action Plan.

Parent Involvement: Nine Truths You Must Know Now

  • If parent involvement is most often at the bottom of your priority list for the year, read this.

Additional Resources:

Vermont Family Network (webpage)

  • The mission of Vermont Family Network is to empower and support all Vermont children, youth, and families, especially those with disabilities or special health needs.

National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) (webpage)

  • Online library that includes research, articles, toolkits, and website to help you develop/assess programing and enhancing knowledge of best practices. Search by keyword, subject area, type of resource.

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