Dear PBIS Rewards,
We want to be all-in with our PBIS initiative. How can we include our custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and others? Can support staff use PBIS Rewards, too?
All-In With PBIS
Dear All-In With PBIS,
Good news! EVERYONE in your school can be a part of your PBIS initiative with PBIS Rewards!
We developed PBIS Rewards with the ENTIRE school in mind, which means every one of your staff members can recognize students for positive behaviors.
Often, custodial staff, cafeteria workers, library workers, bus drivers, and classroom aides are unsung heroes in a school. They see your students through a different lens than your teachers do. Because they quietly make your school community run more smoothly, support staff are often witnesses to students’ unguarded moments. When they witness positive student behavior, they can recognize it easily using PBIS Rewards!
No Special Equipment Needed
Equipping your support staff to use PBIS Rewards is simple. All they need to do is download the app to their smartphone, log in with credentials you supply, and they’re ready to recognize students anywhere, anytime.
Because PBIS Rewards is designed to scan a QR code or barcode, support staff can simply scan a student’s school ID card to award points. They can even add a comment to provide details about why they recognized the student for positive behavior. Don’t use school ID cards? There are numerous ways to recognize students using PBIS Rewards! Including your support staff in your PBIS initiative in this way can really help to elevate your school’s culture.
Positive School Culture for Everyone
In many cases, support staff makes up more than a third of a school’s personnel roster. They’re just as invested in your school’s culture as your teachers are.
One important difference between your teaching staff and support staff is in the way students interact with them. Custodians, bus drivers, office workers, and other staff often enjoy a more relaxed connection with students. Where teachers are typically viewed as authority figures, interactions with support staff tend to be more informal.
Your support staff can be a powerful ally for both students and teachers in your PBIS initiative. Including them in recognizing positive student behavior allows them to fully participate in the shaping of school culture. When you go “all-in” on PBIS in this way, you create an atmosphere of support for every single person in the school.
Going All-In With PBIS Rewards
And while we’re at it, don’t forget to include subs in your PBIS initiative! PBIS Rewards can make it easy for every single member of your staff to be a part of PBIS in your school. Substitute teachers are an essential part of your support staff. It doesn’t matter if they’re covering a class for one day or for an extended period – subs can be a part of PBIS, too!
Including your support staff in your PBIS initiative is a smart move! Many times, these individuals witness student behaviors that teachers and admins don’t see. As part of your school community, they are already aware of the values set forth in your schoolwide behavior matrix. Why not encourage them to be a bigger part of your school’s success?