The Jaguar Way

We are Safe, We are Independent & We Communicate

With help from Seiter’s MTSS School Leadership Team, Seiter staff have implemented PBIS known as The Jaguar Way. Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is an approach for assisting schools adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions in a way which enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students. There are six big ideas of PBIS.

Identify and Define Expectations

In October, students were introduced to our three expectations “we are safe, we are independent and we communicate.”  These expectations were developed from parent and staff feedback. Seiter PBIS matrix.

Teach Expectations

Each week we are teaching different areas of the building and what expected behavior looks like in these areas using videos, lesson plans and social stories.

Monitor Expected Behavior

Staff were trained in active supervision “look around, walk around, talk around.” In addition, staff have been working to develop and use common language. Common language is listed on our school  behavior matrix.

Acknowledge and Encourage Expected Behavior

Students have been earning Jag Cash for showing appropriate behavior.  Students have opportunities to buy items or experiences in the school store.  Every 4-6 weeks classrooms compete to earn the most cash per student. The winning classroom gets to keep our mascot Jaquelyn the Jaguar in their classroom.  In addition, the entire building is collecting cash to earn a celebration.

Correct Behavior Errors

With input from the seiter staff and parents, the School Leadership Team has created a continuum of consequences and criteria for determining major vs minor behaviors. Here is a link to our majors vs. minors chart,  continuum of response and response descriptions and examples.

Use Data for Decision Making

Seiter is now using SWIS (School-Wide Information System) to store data from incident reports.  The School Leadership Team is able to pull data in real time to analyze trends.

Interested in learning more about PBIS and how you can use it in your home? Getting Behavior in Shape at Home.