Your School’s PBIS Dream Team
As you’re thinking about your PBIS plan, it’s important to also think about who you’ll designate to be your “Hero Champions.” The people that make up your “team of champions” will likely have a myriad of different titles—Dean of Discipline, Administrative Assistant, Teacher—but the commonality will be their desire to help push PBIS initiatives forward.
The Champions will be the ones trained extensively in the use of Hero, and after implementation can be considered in-house experts, and will be the ones training the rest of your staff. Students, teachers, and staff can turn to this team to help address any Hero-related PBIS questions after roll-out.
Designating this committee is an imperative step to getting the entire school on board, since the Champions will evangelize Hero and the importance of PBIS during the critical roll-out phase. You need these Champions to help give a voice to the program, and breathe passion into the project from the ground floor.
At the beginning, these Champions may start out with the highest levels of Hero activity, meaning they are appointing more positive points than everyone else. They are the most well-versed in the Hero system, and are acutely aware of the big-picture PBIS goals. But, as they lead by example, others will catch on and become just as engaged, helping to really push your plan school-wide.
* TIP: Being a Hero Champions requires a little bit of extra time, especially at the beginning, to become familiar with and learn the ins-and-outs of the PBIS plan and Hero system. It will be helpful to give this person an extra planning period to get organized until the system becomes habitual.
CUSTOMER PERSPECTIVE: BEN LOMOND HIGH SCHOOL
Roger Snow, Assistant Principal of Ben Lomond High School, Utah, knew that in order to be successful in implementing his SWPBIS plan, he needed buy-in from his students, and enthusiasm from his teachers. To start, he made sure that the new program wasn’t a burden on his staff, so he decided to do a beta test.
The beta testing team started with five teachers he designated as Champions. The process couldn’t have been simpler: the Champions were taught how to log on to Hero, how to give points, and let them go. After a few weeks, they met back up and he got their feedback. The beta testing process went well, but it did take some training.
This process paid off. By the time Roger’s PBIS program was ready to be rolled out to the whole school, he had a small but supportive group of early adopters that helped him train the rest of the teachers, and perhaps more importantly, share with their peers how the program had helped them with classroom management.