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Data Driven PBIS
Using Ripple Effects for Positive Behavioral Supports
PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) is not a specific program, but a problem-solving framework for addressing behavior challenges in school settings. Ripple Effects Whole Spectrum Intervention System® fits neatly into this framework. It increases capacity to deliver personalized problem solving and emotional and behavioral supports that address not just presenting behavior, but underlying risk factors and learning differences as well. Ripple Effects addresses all four major components of the PBIS framework:
Reliance on objective data
Ripple Effects assessment tools, dosage tracking system, and capacity to export data for correlation with the School Wide Information Systems enable schools to use objective data to drive problem identification, decision-making, intervention delivery, and results.
|Promote positive school climate||Provide targeted prevention||Deliver indicated intervention|
|Scope and sequences are provided for Character Education and SEL curricula. Use Ripple Effects as a free standing program or as a lesson-to-lesson supplement to other evidence-based programs such as Second Step™, Positive Action™, PATHS™, School Connect™, Community of Caring™, and Social Decision Making™.||Scope and sequences are provided for violence and bullying prevention, prevention of bias activity, pregnancy prevention, alcohol and tobacco abuse prevention, and prevention of academic failure. Use as a stand alone curriculum, or supplement to other prevention programs, such Social Skills™, Olveus Bullying™, Why Try?™ and Overcoming Obstacles™.||Whether as part of a PBIS/RTI framework, In School Suspension, Special Education, Alternative Education, or Academic support to bridge the achievement gap, Ripple Effects is an unparalleled, proven effective, culturally responsive way to provide supportive interventions at far less cost than other student support services.|
A tiered system of intervention
Ripple Effects WSIS can be used for all three tiers of intervention: Universal Training and continuous reinforcement for both teachers and students to promote positive school climate; (stand alone and/or supplement to character education programs), Targeted Intervention to prevent minor problems from becoming serious ones; Personalized Support, when indicated to correct serious behavior problems without expulsion. (See back for details)
Use of proven, behavior modification strategies
Ripple Effects uses continuous, multiple systems of reinforcement with a strong emphasis on positive reinforcement through direct address, game style humorous feedback and a video game point structure. Ripple Effects augments behavioral training with cognitive and affective skill training strategies that have also been proven effective.
Students learn what they need in whatever ways they learn best: seeing, hearing, watching, and/or kinesthetic involvement. Problem solving scenarios, direct behavioral instruction, peer modeling, true stories, interactive games, skill rehearsal, journaling, transfer training, along with a reward system, are all built in.
Ripple Effects and PBIS
Use Ripple Effects to deliver data driven, tiered, behavioral interventions
Leverage Ripple Effects assessment tools and data management
Ripple Effects Whole Spectrum Intervention System (WSIS) is an integrated suite of print and electronic tools to enable needs assessment, evaluation, direct intervention delivery, and data management. It includes automated dosage tracking.
Ensure cultural responsiveness to reduce disproportionality
With culturally inclusive voices, images and experiences, and specific tutorials for both staff and students on race, ethnicity, and culture, Ripple Effects is a tool for change that can reduce legal exposure, while it raises consciousness and changes behavior of staff and students.
Address both sides of behavioral equation
Teachers and students both contribute to the dynamics of social behavior. Ripple Effects provides positive behavioral supports to both, without blame or shame to either. Both student and staff training software emphasize a strengths-based approach, linked to core social-emotional competencies. Both explicitly recognize the role that cultural differences can play in perception, attitudes, and behavior. Both are used for all three tiers of behavioral intervention and support.