In the fall of 2008, Valley View engaged in an initiative called Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). There are several key elements of PBIS, including: the use of data, systematic interventions, acting proactively and teaching expected behavior. As part of our PBIS initiative, we developed our school logo and something we call the "matrix". The matrix is a tool that states our expected behavior of students. By clearly stating what we would like to see from students and then teaching them how to act in various settings, our students do more of the "right" things rather than the "wrong" thing.
The acronym VIRTUEs stands for
RtI - Response to Intervention
Response to Intervention (RtI) is a framework of how we respond when students are not learning the way we would like them to. Often times RtI is described in terms of three tiers.
Tier one is the educational program that is delivered for all students and, at our school, it's all of the elements of good teaching. If students aren't successful in Tier 1, they proceed to Tier II where they are given additional resources to help meet the identified need. For example, if a student is already in a Reading class but needs more time and instruction to get to grade level, they would receive a Tier II intervention that would support their learning.
If students need more support after receiving a Tier II intervention, they would move to Tier III where they would access more time and instruction in their area of need.
RtI is also about being systematic in the way that we identify and support students. One of the goals is to be sure that all students are performing to their fullest potential and not slipping through the proverbial crack.