Lobo Pride is a school wide program based on the Positive Behavior Interventions and supports (PBIS) framework. School – wide PBIS is a research- based framework that has been proven to improve school climate, reduce problem behavior, and increase academic instructional time in schools (for additional information, go to www.pbis.org).
Lobo Pride has developed school-wide procedures to accomplish the following:
Define Behavior Expectations: A small number of clearly defined behavioral expectations are described in positive, simple, rules. At Arroyo, Lobo Pride is to Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe.
Teach Behavior Expectations: The behavioral expectations and school procedures are taught to all students in the building, and are taught in real contexts. Behavioral expectations are taught using the same teaching formats applied to academic instruction. When teaching, behavioral expectations are linked to the rules of Lobo Pride: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe.
Acknowledge Appropriate Behaviors: Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they need to be acknowledged on a regular and consistent basis. Giving regular positive feedback to students when they demonstrate the behaviors they have been taught is a critical step to teaching and maintaining the desired behaviors. The student acknowledgment system was developed to encourage regular recognition of desired behavior in the school. HOWL tickets will be used by all individual staff members, school volunteers, and Kid Space to recognize students for engaging in positive behavior
Responding to Problem Behavior – Consequences: Despite our efforts to proactively set students up for behavioral success and to prevent problem behavior, there will still be incidents of problem behavior. When it comes to responding to problem behavior we have three primary goals:
- Keep everyone safe
- Minimize the loss of instructional time for all students (including the student who engaged in problem behavior)
- Teach student the appropriate behavior to use instead of the problem behavior
Every occurrence of problem behavior is an important opportunity to teach the appropriate and desired behavior to the student. With Lobo Pride, it is our responsibility to provide fair and consistent consequences for problem behaviors that focus first on teaching our students the appropriate behavior and then getting them engaged in academic instruction as soon as safely possible. When students violate the behavioral expectations, they will be informed that their behavior was not acceptable and how it relates to the school wide rules of Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe.