Creating A Positive School Culture

Students Empowered and Engaged: October 2014

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COMING LATE WINTER:

opportunities to see positive school cultures in action! We are organizing building walk throughs.


  • Talk to the people doing it well
  • See what synergy around culture looks like
  • Stay tuned!

Team Learning: Positive, Supportive School Culture (PS2C)

Positive, Supportive School Culture (PS2C) professional learning series in the new year. Oakland School's Positive Behavior Interventions and Support professional learning model has transformed in response to new information about "what works". Based on the work by Kathleen Lane, Wendy Oakes and Holly Menzies (CI3T), the new model should encourage synergy around your school's unique culture as it pertains to social/emotional and behavioral support.The series will include three full day and three two-hour sessions for school teams from January through May 2015. Feedback from the entire staff will be incorporated along the way. 2015 Dates:


  • January 8, February 4, and March 18: 4:30-6:30

  • January 23, March 3, and April 23: 8:30-3:30


  • Outcomes:


    • Careful analysis of key components of your school's student/staff culture
    • Creation of a highly personalized primary plan of prevention for entire school
    • Leverage of existing data and frameworks to guide problem solving
    • Analysis of entire "reactionary" plan for discipline
    • Creation of transparent, graphic discipline flowchart
    • Supports to ensure implementation fidelity and social validity by staff, students
    • More consistency, cohesion and synergy within your building; common language
    • On-going consultation, networking and resources by Oakland Schools staff

  • To register


  • Contact Mary Perfitt-Nelson to prepare your team for the learning.


    Consultation now around your "current state" is available by request.

    Resources!

    Continuous Improvement

    • Fall is a great time for your team to look at the implementation of the PBIS framework. The Benchmarks of Quality is widely used during the fall and spring to assess the team's progress. This should be used in the fall and spring to assess how implementation is going in your building.
    • The Positive, Suppportive School Culture framework should be one of the strategies used to support the outcomes your School Improvement Plan seeks. Here is how Wass Elementary in Troy created a simple plan, incorporating the PBIS framework with character education to create their own "Wass Wolves' Way".
    • The Self-Assessment Scale is an annual assessment used by schools to identify the staff perception of the implementation status and improvement priority for school-wide, classroom, non-classroom and individual student systems. Results of the SAS are effective in identifying the staff priorities for Action Planning.
    • School-Wide Information Systems Fall Newsletter. New site application.
    • A variety of other tools are available from the PBIS Apps website. If you would like support, send us an email.

    Universal Design for Learning Foundations

    Thursday, Nov. 6th 2014 at 8:30am

    2111 Pontiac Lake Rd

    Waterford Township, MI

    Universal Design for learning is a set of guiding principles that motivates radical change in schools. It promotes inclusive environments, empowers student voice and choice, removes instructional barriers and ignites student engagement! Join us as guest speaker Katie Novak, author of UDL Now!, and District representatives share their experiences and learning around UDL.

    In this workshop participants will:

    1. Learn about Universal Design for Learning and its implications for inclusive educational environments.
    2. Explore current UDL research, key concepts, and practical classroom applications.
    3. Explore UDL and its connections to Common Core.
    4. Learn to use UDL as an instructional design tool, specifically focused on environmental design and lesson design.

    Registration Deadline: October 30, 2014


    Date(s): November 6, 2014
    Time(s): 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd., 48328
    Cost: Oakland County $15.00/ Out-of-County $70.00
    Presenter(s): Katie Novak
    Class Limit: 75
    Prerequisite Knowledge: none
    Grade Level: K-12
    Audience: Special education teachers, general education teachers, administrators, teacher consultants
    SCECHs: Pending. Check the status of this course at:
    http://www.solutionwhere.com/mi%5Fsbceu/coursebylocation.asp
    SW-CEH (Social Worker Continuing Education Hours): Will not be offered. Please come prepared to provide your license number at registration.
    Meal(s): Coffee and lunch
    Questions? Please contact erika.geyman@oakland.k12.mi.us


    To Register

    Addressing Mental Health Needs in the Schools

    Monday, Nov. 24th 2014 at 8:30am

    2111 Pontiac Lake Rd

    Waterford Township, MI

    The focus of this event will be on the mental health needs of students within schools. School professionals will be encouraged to consider their unique role and strategic situation in the school setting in promoting mental health in the lives of students, both proactively and preventatively. Participants of this workshop will gain an overview of the issues involved and will understand implications for effective intervention. Universal and targeted strategies will be considered. Best practices will be promoted along with the importance of the various roles of administration, teachers, school psychologists, school social workers, counselors, and community professionals.

    Registration deadline: 11/12/14


    Date(s): November 24, 2014
    Time(s): 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford 48328
    Cost: $15.00 - Oakland County; $100.00 - Out-of-County
    Presenter(s): Melissa Reeves, Ph.D, NCSP, LPC
    Class Limit: 325
    Prerequisite Knowledge: None
    Grade Level: K-12
    Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators, Speech/Lanuage Pathologists, Teacher Consultants, Counselors
    SCECHs: Pending. Check the status of this course at:
    http://www.solutionwhere.com/mi%5Fsbceu/coursebylocation.asp
    SW-CEH (Social Worker Continuing Education Hours): Pending. Please come prepared to provide your license number at registration.
    Meal(s): Breakfast and lunch
    Questions? Please contact erika.geyman@oakland.k12.mi.us


    Register Here

    Bully Free Schools: Circle of Support for Learning, Cohort 1 (2 days)

    Tuesday, Nov. 18th 2014 at 8:30am

    2111 Pontiac Lake Rd

    Waterford Township, MI

    Implement a research-based approach that will ensure your school is in compliance with the new State Board of Education Sample Policy & the anti-bullying bills currently under construction in the State Legislature. Bully-Free Schools strategies have been used in schools across Michigan. Schools using these strategies have been shown to reduce bullying, harassment & other forms of peer-to-peer aggression by up to 83%.

    Following are the major components:

    • Strategies to impact the behavior of students who engage in bullying and other forms of peer-to-peer aggression, including an intervention process that teaches alternative behaviors.
    • Elements of effective limits and consequences & strategies to ensure school-wide consistently.
    • Strategies to support the "targets."
    • Strategies to empower "bystanders" and change cultural norms.
    • Strategies to work with the parents of the bullies and targets.
    • Tips for implementation & integration with existing school initiatives, such as PBIS and MiBLSi.

    Date(s): November 18 & 19, 2014
    Time(s): 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford 48328
    Cost: $150.00 per team
    Presenter(s): Julie McDaniel
    Class Limit: 48
    Prerequisite Knowledge: Must register as a team; 1 administrator and 3 other staff members.
    Grade Level: K-12
    Audience: Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers and School Staff
    SCECHs: Pending. Check the status of this course at:
    http://www.solutionwhere.com/mi%5Fsbceu/coursebylocation.asp
    SW-CEH (Social Worker Continuing Education Hours): Pending. Please come prepared to provide your license number at registration.
    Meal(s): Coffee and lunch.
    Questions? Please contact sue.kiersey@oakland.k12.mi.us


    Register Here

    Other Professional Learning

    Thank you for this resource, Susan Koceski and Erika Geyman!

    Positive, Supportive School Culture

    School culture and student engagement are priorities of the School Quality department at Oakland Schools. Feel free to contact us with any questions.