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PBIS Project Partners List

University of Oregon

Eugene School District 4J has the good fortune of serving the city that is the home of the University of Oregon, the birthplace and main keeper of the flame of Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports. 4J got started in PBIS under the guidance of what are now called Educational and Community Supports (ECS) and the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior (IVDB), with Rob Horner, George Sugai, Jeff Sprague, Anne Todd, and many others taking the lead. And they continue to provide invaluable support through consultation, research partnerships, training assistance, data reporting, PBIS team coaching. Our University of Oregon partners’ sole concern is helping 4J implement PBIS systems that help schools become safer and more conducive to learning – they ask no quid pro quo.

4J Department PBIS Partners

Educational Support Services – ESS generously provides funding, leadership, consultation, office space and secretarial help to PBIS. PBIS became a part of 4J on the initiative of the ESS Director in 1992, Cynthia Stultz, and the leadership of behavior specialist, Marilyn Nersesian, who coordinated the project until 2001.

Instruction Department – PBIS works with Instruction on staff development for social skills, classroom management and teaching diverse learners. Our common goal is to help create school climates in which all students feel accepted and experience success.

Computing and Information Services – PBIS and CIS work together to collect discipline data and create reports that meet the needs of the Oregon Department of Education, the Superintendent and School Board, and the schools in a form that will help them make good decisions about their behavior systems and interventions.

Transportation Department – In 2002-03 Transportation will provide a connection between bus behavior and PBIS systems. They will teach students riding the bus common PBIS expectations (Be Safe, Be Respectful) and examples of what safety and respect look and sound like on the bus. Schools will follow through on acknowledgements of students who meet expectations by plugging them into their reward drawings and other systems. They will also support the drivers when they experience problem behaviors. Drivers will write minor misbehavior slips and route them to the school principal to be dealt with just as behavior reports from the playground or cafeteria would be.

Superintendent’s Office – 4J’s district improvement goals include improving school safety and connections with community partners. Support for PBIS is specifically cited in the goals. The Superintendent’s office and PBIS work together to accomplish these goals.

4J School Board – The school board has been steadfast in its support for EBS. We try to keep them posted on our activities and progress without intruding on their important work.

Financial Services and Human Resources – With dollars coming from several sources and going to payroll, substitutes, and for complex purchasing arrangements, support from Financial Services and HR have been invaluable.

BEST After-School Program – BEST administrators have taken the lead in helping its sites plug into existing PBIS systems in their host schools. We consult with the BEST staff and site staffs and contribute to training.

PBIS Partners in Other Districts

Bethel – 4J and Bethel PBIS coordinators share successes and help each other with challenges. We also partner for presentations and trainings. It is a relationship we hope will be a model of inter-district cooperation.

Springfield – As with Bethel, the PBIS coordinators have a close working relationship. An additional connection with Springfield exists because of their role administering the Safe Schools, Healthy Students grant that is the major source of our funding.

Lane Education Service District – 4J, Bethel, Springfield and Lane ESD PBIS coordinators meet regularly to share and join together for trainings, presentations, etc. Recently, Lane ESD has agreed to host a Lane County PBIS Website that will provide a gateway to the on-line PBIS resources of all districts in the county.

Other Districts – Lane County PBIS coordinators have recently begun meeting with our counterparts in Linn and Benton counties to establish a support network. Cory Dunn of Linn-Benton ESD has gotten the cooperative ball rolling by providing us with copies of an excellent PBIS administrator’s handbook he has developed.

Community Partners

City of Eugene – As with BEST, we work with the after-school project funded by Eugene to provide a connection between behavior expectations after school and the PBIS systems of the host school. We helped train the staff in PBIS principles and practicalities.

Eugene Police Department – We partner with the Crime Prevention Specialists on several fronts but primarily on delivery of social skills instruction.

Eugene Education Fund
– EEF has provided funds needed to implement PBIS systems – especially those for students needing “Targeted Assistance”. Schools apply for funds directly to EEF.

NEXT Generation – Provides training for parents of students in all eight 4J middle schools and, in four of them, direct services to students experiencing behavior problems.

Womenspace – This partnership is attempting to raise the issue of dating violence as part of our harassment initiative. Womenspace is working on curriculum inserts that can be used in appropriate lessons.

Oregon Social Learning Center – OSLC has helped numerous 4J students and their families find solutions to behavior problems. They are open to trying to work out arrangements for fully insured, partially insured and uninsured families.