PBIS and School Culture

Fall 2018-2019

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Happy Fall, Lovely People!

We need smart people to help create a resource that guides schools with the implementation of several frameworks at once. Changing the social-emotional landscape of the school will improve the well-being of staff and students. How can we do this effectively and efficiently using multiple frameworks (PBIS, RULER Approach to SEL, Restorative Practices, for example)? Analyzing the team needed, the implementation and evaluation strategies for each framework will allow us to create EFFICIENCIES that get the job done. If you are interested in being part of this think-tank, please email Mary.

INTERESTED in on-site coaching/consultation? We are happy to come to one or more of your PBIS team meetings to help you know where you are, where to go next and offer helpful suggestions about the "how"part. Just complete this request form, asking for PBIS support.

We are looking for a few great schools
interested in discovering how effective all of their efforts are around staff and student culture, emotional well-being. the context of learning, and student engagement. Evaluating effectiveness helps schools understand how they are doing and where they might go next. We have data from the Tiered Fidelity Inventory from about 20 schools and are looking to increase the number, while adding other key measures. Schools working with us over the past year, be looking for a phone call !

Professional Learning Opportunities at Oakland Schools

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Recharge PBIS! is a one day, abbreviated event for school teams who want to assess current state and create an action plan to take back to their school. This would be a great opportunity for schools who have been trained or who need to refresh what is already working. Outcomes: understanding of the PBIS model; assessment of current state; analysis of strengths and weaknesses. It is recommended that a team of 3-5 attend and that an administrator be part of the team.


  • Overview of PBIS framework
  • Assessment of current state (Tiered Fidelity Inventory)
  • Identification of other professional learning and/or coaching needs
  • Plan for next steps, including opportunities for on-site coaching

Cost: Due to funding guidelines, 22 seats are available for Oakland County Public Schools Educators and PSA employees for $15. There are 3 seats available for participants from Oakland County Private Schools and Agencies and out-of-county participants at a cost of $107 per participant.

Facilitated by Karen Gomez and Mary Perfitt-Nelson

Date: November 13, 2018 9-3

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What To Do About The Kids Who (mostly) CAN but WON'T?

Engaging Reluctant Learners

This professional learning experience is part of a comprehensive effort to address student engagement. Relationships are paramount for engagement. Most important are student's relationships with teachers, their school and their learning. We will unpack Robyn Jackson's book entitled: "How To Motivate Reluctant Learners" to learn how to intervene with and support unengaged students. There will be plenty of conversation and opportunity to grow learning around student engagement. Includes book!

Note: Due to funding guidelines, 18 seats are available for active Oakland County Public Schools Educators and PSA employees for $30. There are 2 seats available for participants from Oakland County Private Schools and Agencies and out-of-county participants at a cost of $48 per participant. Book and lunch, both days, included!

Facilitated by Mary Perfitt-Nelson.

11/15/2018 AND 12/12/2019

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PBIS: Teaching the Core

This is about implementing tier one of the PBIS framework. Defining, teaching, monitoring, acknowledging what we expect is a core piece of the framework. Use information from your Tiered Fidelity Inventory to determine strengths and weaknesses and create a drafted plan for whole staff to review discuss and revise. Purpose: to create a plan to teach, monitor and acknowledge school-wide expectations to staff and students.

Outcomes: 1. Create School-wide expectation for common areas. 2. Create a plan for creating and teaching lessons around expectations. 3. Select a method to monitor student culture and behavior; understand how well your plan is working. 4. Discover ways to acknowledge students/staff doing the "right thing". 5. Consider ways to create celebrations for students and staff. Facilitated by Karen Gomez and Mary Perfitt-Nelson.

School leadership teams of 3-5 recommended.

Note: Due to funding guidelines, 22 seats are available for active Oakland County Public Schools Educators and PSA employees for $15. There are 3 seats available for participants outside of Oakland County.

November 20, 2018

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PBIS and the Discipline System

An equitable, coherent, restorative and transparent discipline system is vital. Come create a draft of your school's discipline flowchart. Define majors and minors; revise your referral form. Plan a restorative system that invites more community building, student problem solving , compassion and self-awareness. School teams of 2 or more preferred.


  • Understand the implications of Public Acts 360-366 and 394-402 for your discipline system
  • Create a supportive system that includes more alternatives to suspension
  • Consider restorative practices
  • Determine what teachers are expected to handle in the classroom; when to involve administration; when to call home and when referrals are needed
  • Well-defined majors and minors; updated referral form
  • Summarize all in a drafted visual flowchart to seek feedback from whole staff

Facilitated by Karen Gomez, Dr. Julie McDaniel and Mary Perfitt-Nelson

December 14, 2018 9am-3pm @Oakland Schools. (New date)

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NEW: PBIS Network!

Members of the school leadership team working on school culture and PBIS are welcome to attend several networking session to learn about how other schools are implementing PBIS. The majority of the time will include discussion and dialogue with peers from the county. Snacks will be available!

4:00-5:30 pm


2/26/2019 and


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PBIS: Student and Team Data

Schools that identify and solve problems together are MUCH more effective! Data is an important part of the problem solving process. Unfortunately, we often collect too much data and never get to the important part: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT IMPROVEMENT. We want to help you collect just the RIGHT data (not too much and not too complex). We want to help you make the data quickly VISIBLE so that your whole staff can interpret and TALK. Go from GOOD to GREAT using student and team data to improve the culture of your school! Key behavior data people from each school are the target audience, although other team members are welcome!

We can bring this to YOUR building, if needed. Just ask!


1. Determine what student data is needed to understand how well you are supporting the social/emotional and academic success of your students

2. Learn how to create visual graphs to display this important information.

3. Consider how to have conversations/problem solving sessions with staff regarding student data (and its implications). Determine WHEN.

4. Understand how to monitor the degree to which PBIS is being implemented at your school. Discover ways to use this information to obtain commitment with staff.

5. Create visual graphs that tell your school's story around PBIS Implementation.

6. Build capacity to evaluate your school's culture and PBIS from year to year (program evaluation).

Facilitated by Julia Greene, Karen Gomez and Mary Perfitt-Nelson

January 9, 2019

9-3 @Oakland Schools

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PBIS and School Culture: Tier II and III

Once schools are implementing Tier I at >70%, the focus can be widened to include supports for students needing “more”. This day of learning will help school teams

  • Create successful teams at Tiers II and III

  • Determine the critical features of implementation

  • Assess current state and create an action plan
  • Determine interventions your school needs
  • Learn about a variety of supports for Tiers II and III
  • Understand universal screening for social-emotional learning
  • Create a system that is efficient and effective

Facilitated by Karen Gomez, Mary Perfitt-Nelson and Steve Whitmore.



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PBIS on MiPlace

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We have many resources available in MiPlace, including ALL handouts and powerpoints from last year's sessions at Oakland Schools. To join the MiPlace group PBIS: School and Classroom Culture, follow these instructions.

Support at the State Level

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For more information about training offered through the Michigan Department of Education, click here.


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When you identify gaps in your supports

The following resources will help you plan supports for students who are needing more time and practice to become more engaged.

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Evaluate Progress: Fall is time for updating the Tiered Fidelity Inventory

Tiered Fidelity Inventory

We are recommending that all leadership teams use the Tiered Fidelity Inventory to track progress with implementation of the PBIS framework at all tiers. You can download the PDF and take it yourself from the PBISAPPS site, or contact me and I can submit it to create lovely graphs that lead to authentic conversations (see above). We also created an action plan template to help you prioritize needs. The school above was able to see growth in just 1.5 months, which builds more commitment.

Oakland Schools

Mary Perfitt-Nelson, Special Pops/School and Classroom Culture

Project Lead: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Oakland

Certified Coordinator: Schoolwide Information Systems; PBIS Assessments; Early Warning Systems

Trainer: CHAMPS Classroom Management, Discipline and Organization; Love and Logic (Parent and Educator); International Institute for Restorative Practices (Classroom Circle and Restorative Conferencing); Traumatic Event Crisis Intervention Plans (TECIP)

Other Staff Engaging in This Work

Debbie Backy, Project Assistant

Karen Gomez, Mental Health and Project Aware

Dr. Christina Harvey, Health/Project Aware

Dr. Julie McDaniel, Student Safety and Well-Being

Dr. Jay B. Marks, Social Justice and Cultural Competence

Mary Perfitt-Nelson, Special Pops/School/Classroom Culture

Steve Whitmore, Special Pops/School Social Worker

Karen Rockhold-Beeler, Supervisor, Special Populations

Scott Felkey, Supervisor, Climate and Culture Unit

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