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PBIS: Thornapple Kellogg’s Success Story

Please read and think about the statements below:

  • If a child doesn’t know how to read…we ______ .
  • If a child doesn’t know how to multiply…we _____ .
  • If a child doesn’t know how to swim…we_____.
  • If a child doesn’t know how to behave…we _____.

How did you answer the questions?

Below are the completed statements based on the way they are usually answered.

  • If a child doesn’t know how to read…we teach
  • If a child doesn’t know how to multiply…we teach.
  • If a child doesn’t know how to swim…we teach.
  • If a child doesn’t know how to behave…we punish.

Proactive Approach

So, what are ways we can work together to change this? We can teach behavior expectations. We teach everything, but often just expect appropriate behavior.

Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) is an integrated, multi-tier system of instruction, assessment, and intervention designed to meet the academic and behavioral health needs of ALL learners. The Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) and Michigan Department of Education (MDE) through Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi) support the training and implementation of MTSS.  

Experience has demonstrated that in order to increase achievement, successful systems plan their improvement efforts collaboratively. MTSS is a framework for organizing school staff and resources to meet the needs of all kinds of children – those who do well, and those who may need an extra boost. Services are provided in levels, from regular classroom instruction to small groups to highly individualized interventions. Help can be provided with academics, behavior, or both.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a school-wide system that supports schools in developing proactive strategies for defining, teaching, monitoring, and acknowledging appropriate student behaviors in order to create positive school environments. PBIS is the behavioral framework of an integrated (behavior & academics) model of MTSS.

mtss pbis thornapple kellogg kent isd Thornapple Kellogg’s Successes

This year, Thornapple Kellogg Schools (TK) has focused on implementing PBIS with fidelity. They have been working to create one common plan for improvement that streamlines the school and district’s efforts and resources and maximizes improvement for all learners.

All of TK Schools have been building teams, in conjunction with other schools in the Kent ISD service area to create a unique positive behavior system for their school population.

At TK, focus has been on continuity and alignment in the implementation of a research-based system using the MTSS framework to enhance and strengthen each other for the benefit of all learners. It is their goal to provide a continuum of positive behavior support and education for all students within Thornapple Kellogg Schools.

TK Strategies
  • When entering buildings you will see signage with expectations for each building.
  • Specific lessons have been taught and retaught to help teach behavior processes.
  • Data is being collected and used to guide future behavior teaching needs.
  • Students have been recognized for positive behavior.
  • Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding.

The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. It has been an exciting year as all of TK Staff and Students have learned and worked together to create environments of positive behavior and grow TK Pride!

Want to Learn more about MTSS and PBIS?

Contact Mark RafflerKirsten Rice or Susan Brummel at Kent ISD to learn how Kent ISD is helping Thornapple Kellogg and how they can help you!

KIM CHAUSOW Thornapple Kellogg SchoolsThis blog post was written by Kim Chausow, Curriculum Director, Thornapple Kellogg Schools and edited by Kirsten Rice, Multi-Tier System of Supports Coordinator and Amanda Walma, Professional Learning Coordinator for Kent ISD.


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