What is PBIS ?
PBIS is a research based, systematic approach to teaching expected behaviors. It includes a three level system to address behavior needs and expectations school-wide, in classrooms and for students with at-risk behaviors. Behaviors are explicitly taught and reinforced through positive behavior supports.
What is SOAR ?
SOAR is the acronym at Lydia Jackson College Preparatory Academy to outline the following behavior expectations:
S- Successful Scholars
O- Outstanding Citizens
A- AVID Achievers
R- Responsible and Respectful
At Lydia Jackson College Preparatory Academy, we utilize a behavior matrix that is created and implemented by all school personnel. It includes expectations and behaviors for all school settings. Teachers use lessons, videos, and role play to explicitly teach desired behaviors. For example in August, we held a school wide event where students went through different centers around the campus (restroom, field, lunch area, MPR,...) and teachers taught and modeled expected behaviors. At Lydia Jackson, we promote SOAR behaviors to help students make thoughtful decisions regarding the choices they make at school, at home, and in the community. Students are rewarded for following expectations through SOAR to Success Tickets that can be redeemed at the SOAR Store.
What can parents do to support PBIS and SOAR ?
*Ask your children about their day.
*Talk about making good choices and showing their "SOAR to Success" at school.
*Ask students how they earned their SOAR tickets and celebrate success with them.
*Read books to your child that teach them about behavior and character.
*Communicate often with your child's teacher on behavior. Ask how you can help and share what works at home.
*Review the matrix with your child.