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AGCS is Recognized for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Program

PA Positive Behavior Support 2021-22 PaPBS Network Tier 1 Sustaining SiteThe Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network has recognized Avon Grove Charter School’s commitment to positive behavior interventions and supports for all students in the 2021-2022 school year. 

“For AGCS, PBIS is a commitment to proactive and positive approaches to student behavior rooted in values that the school community developed together,” said Ryan Taylor, Director of Student Services. “All facets of the school day are grounded in teaching expected behavior and acknowledging positive behavior through feedback. With these values, we have a common language both within the school as well as at home.”

Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) is an approach schools use to promote school safety and good behavior. With PBIS, schools teach kids about behavior expectations and strategies. PBIS implementation is critical to addressing issues related to the social, emotional, and behavioral growth of all students.

The school developed values that are the core foundation of PBIS. These “PACK” values stand for Positivity, Accountability, Confidence, and Kindness. Students earn positive acknowledgments for meeting and exhibiting these values. Students can cash in acknowledgments or points for field trips or prizes. 

For students to know the expectations, they must be taught. School-wide positive expectations and PACK values are defined and taught throughout the school day and are displayed throughout the school and in printed materials. 

Rather than establishing specifically what not to do, the school defines and teaches the behaviors and expectations that it wants to see. For example, “Positivity” could mean tackling a difficult subject with an open mind, and “Accountability” could mean coming to class prepared and ready to learn.

“Anyone should be able to walk into the school at any time and ask 10 random students to name the school-wide expectations,” Taylor said. “At least 80% of the time, those students should be able to say what they are and give examples of what they look like in action.”

AGCS will receive the recognition at the 2022 Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Implementers’ Forum held on November 30 - December 2, 2022, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA.