August 23, 2010
I've been pondering a situation that has been bothering me lately. I have been to quite a few professional conferences and workshops over the last year and this summer and I am quite surprised (and somewhat disappointed) by the district's I see presenting their experiences and practices. I think I need to start talking to my staff about being the exemplars when it comes to PLC's, MAP Testing, RTI and host of other practices we are apparently a little more practiced and knowledgeable in as compared to those we have attempted to learn from. I shouldn't come off as being so negative. While we may have had some more experience or better results than some of the districts we have listened to, we still have gleaned a great deal from them. I'm really not trying to come off as too cocky but we have been doing some great things and we have been trying to follow the best practices established by some of the biggest names in education today. Besides, I want my staff to know how proud I am of all the great work they do and all that they have learned.
August 20, 2010
The true "sign" that this was the right philosophy and time for us to begin the PBIS journey, was that we were told to take a year to collect data and to plan out our phase in of PBIS. Since we had already created a 4 year plan to begin our full implementation of our RTI plan, and RTI for Behavior concerns was to begin in the 2011-2012, the timing was perfect.
As I sat and listened to the various speakers, I grew more enthusiastic to begin using PBIS. Once again I was told to slow down and prepare. It won't be easy but I am actually looking forward to collecting data and planning things slowly as we build our program. Not easy for the guy of action and little patience. So I will collect my data, slow down and plan with my leadership team and go out gain what other insight and knowledge I can this year. It's going to be great!!!!