Arkansas PBIS Coaches' Newsletter

October 2020

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In This Issue

Upcoming Events
Wellness Tips for the Adults in Your Building

More Tips for Fighting Teacher Burnout
Culturally Responsive Practices Corner:

- Video: Young, Black and Talented

- Equity Leaders
October Activity Guide for PBIS Coaches

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 20: PBIS Coaches' Networking Session: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Don't miss out on a chance to network with the fantastic PBIS Coaches throughout Arkansas!

Join the Zoom Meeting on October 20th using this link:

October 21, 22, 23: Virtual PBIS National Leadership Forum

The virtual forum is designed to support district and school teams to increase the effectiveness of PBIS implementation. Registration is now open! Click here for more information.

Wellness Tips for the Adults in Your Building

We spend a lot of time talking with teachers and other school staff. What we're hearing more than ever before is that school personnel are tired. They're stressed. They're feeling overwhelmed. And it's no wonder, with so many new realities--masks, social distancing, online learning, hybrid options, quarantine guidelines--in addition to worries about one's own health and safety.

Those who work in the field of education are used to giving selflessly of their time and talents. What they're not necessarily used to is putting self-care on their to-do list--and not just on the list, but at the top of the list. Yet, right now, that is what they need to do. Burnout is a reality in education, and this year threatens to bring end-of-the-year burnout to the beginning of the year. As a PBIS Coach, you are in a position to help the staff in your building learn to relax and let go. But, as on an airplane, you need to put your own oxygen mask on first before you help others.

Here are some tips to help reduce your staff's stress and promote wellness and resilience:

  • Make self-care part of the culture of your school. Talk about it openly. Share ideas. Create time and space for faculty and staff to practice wellness. Put it on your matrix and teach it to students--and encourage faculty and staff to model it.
  • Make self-care intentional. Create a plan for yourself and encourage others to do the same. You're more likely to do it if you write it down and if you tell someone else your plan.
  • Find tools to help you. There are all kinds of wellness journals and apps that you can use to help you on your wellness journey.

more tips for fighting teacher burnout:

culturally responsive practices corner

Video: Young, Gifted and Black

"This 7-minute video (from the San Diego County Office of Education’s Freedom Summer Series) is a symposium of Black students sharing their experiences regarding race and racism in school. Listening to student voices is a critical element in adapting PBIS systems to improve equity in schools."


Young, Gifted and Black

Equity Leaders

"Individuals, teams, schools, districts, regions, and state-level stakeholders become culturally responsive along recursive, lifelong journeys. Individually, your journey is uniquely yours. As a teammate, your journey is collective.

Stakeholders use the four agreements to support conversation about their equity journey. Engaging in deep and honest examination of who they are, their beliefs and assumptions about the learners and families they serve, as well as what they value and affirm."

- Wisconsin RTI Center / Wisconsin PBIS Network


October Activity Guide for PBIS Coaches

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