Creve Coeur district goes ‘deeper, wider’ to aid students

PBIS is the modern alternative to the wooden paddle. Rather than punishing bad behavior, it is a schoolwide system set up to reward good behavior. If students know it at all, they know it by the prizes they can win — books, classroom pizza parties, field trips, even bicycles — by decreasing tardiness or stopping conflicts from escalating into arguments and fights.

Creve Coeur’s school district has taken it a step further and integrated the PBIS model with comprehensive mental health services.

The initiative began three years ago when administrators had staff from Illinois Valley Mental Health screen students for depression and suicidal tendencies. That, too, yielded disturbing results, which led the Creve Coeur district to collaborate with the Center for Prevention of Abuse to develop HARTS and Mind over Muscle.

What they did and how they did it has earned the tiny school district an invitation to discuss their accomplishments at a joint PBIS and school mental health forum this week in Chicago. source