Movelle Primary School, located in Brimbank, Victoria, Australia, serves students from Prep to Year Six, typically known as K-6 in America. Learn more about how Movelle moved past a manual system to embrace digital management of their PBIS initiative, profoundly changing their school’s culture along the way.
Placing Well-Being at the Heart of Education
PBIS Rewards was a game-changer for Movelle Primary School. School leaders Karen Wood and Melissa Searle recognized a need to improve behavior schoolwide and get students, staff, and
families engaged. Establishing PBIS (known as PBS in Australia) in the school was an important first step. Before beginning PBIS, the school had no behavior flowchart, articulated values,
documentation, feedback, reflection, or way to bring students, teachers, and families together with a common goal.
They began the process by creating a list of values and bringing the school community together to vote on four core values. These values – Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, and Relationships – form the foundation of their PBIS initiative.
However, Movelle quickly found that implementing PBIS manually presented some challenges. Physical tickets proved to be an obstacle right away, making it difficult to track points and record
data. Wood and Searle realized that they needed a better way to track points and data, and they made the decision to join the PBIS Rewards family to improve their PBIS implementation.
Using ARS for Building Stronger Relationships
Prior to implementing PBIS, staff members were often frustrated with student behavior. Curriculum was being taught but they felt there was no connection between teachers and students. Wood and Searle took action and instituted social-emotional learning plans for every student in the school, to help students understand their emotions and how to regulate them.
Movelle also opted to use the Advanced Referral System add-on feature in PBIS Rewards to track referrals and understand the sources of challenging behaviors. This gave staff and administrators an established reporting channel for negative behaviors and allowed for more accurate tracking of positive behaviors. It also equipped teachers to view negative behavior through a different lens, reflect on their reaction to the behavior, and be notified of resolution after a student moved through the reporting channel.
Bringing Teacher Well-Being to the Forefront
Along with increased focus on student behavior and social-emotional health, Wood and Searle wanted to show their teachers some appreciation. They opted into the Workplace Rewards for Teachers feature within PBIS Rewards and began recognizing staff members for their efforts. Teacher Rewards became a game-changer for staff morale!
Including teachers in Movelle’s PBIS initiative allowed them to experience the boost that students get from recognition. The school is certified in the Perma Wellbeing Survey, which enables them to support staff members in understanding positive emotion and well-being. This, combined with the Workplace Rewards for Teachers within PBIS Rewards, helps to improve staff morale, which translates into better connection with students.
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