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A Focus on Positive Behavior

In Bladen County Schools we believe in the 3 R’s: Respect, Responsibility, and Ready to Succeed. The PBIS Team is here to show students what it looks like to be respectful, responsible, and ready to succeed, and to help develop and carry-out the teaching of all Bladen County Schools expectations.

We first implemented PBIS in Bladen County Schools in 2011 to foster a positive school climate by setting clear expectations for our students and faculty. To create this positive environment, we set expectations with a positive tone and reward students who display the 3 R’s.

What happens when we build a positive school climate?
Studies show a link between a positive school climate and the following student outcomes:

Higher student academic motivation and engagement 

  • Improvements in academic achievement across all grades 
  • Less discipline problems 
  • Fewer school suspensions 
  • Lower levels of bullying 

What changes have we seen at Bladen County Schools? Since implementing PBIS, we have measured the following improvements in school climate:

  • Advances in Mathematics, Reading, Writing, and Science as measured by ?
  • A 15% decrease in reported instances of bullying
  • A 64% decrease in instances of harassment
  • A 54% decrease in behavior issues involving profanity and inappropriate language
  • A nearly 50% decline in students skipping class
  • An increase in students who feel school spirit
  • Increase in graduation rates and decrease in dropouts

 The link between families and positive behavioral interventions and supports is an important one. When families are meaningfully involved in educational activities their children do better in schools. Families play an important part in their child's education and social development. Watch the video below as Scott shares his story during a National PBIS conference.