Positive Behavior Support

At LP Brown, we know that all students want to do their best and feel appreciated when we recognize their efforts.  That is why we practice Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).  PBIS is a schoolwide, multi-tiered, behavior framework comprised of evidence-based practices and systems, established to improve behavior and academic outcomes for ALL students. 


Every year, we spend time teaching students the behavior expectations for each area of the school and discuss the importance of learning and playing in safe, kind and responsible ways.  Behavior expectations for in person learning and for the virtual classroom can be found here.


In addition to universal teaching on behavior expectations and social emotional skills, LP Brown offers strategic, evidence-based interventions for students.  Staff, students and parents can request support and/or interventions.


Interventions adapted for a distance learning format:


Check In, Check Out (CICO)

Check In, Check Out provides additional positive adult interactions through morning check-ins and end of day check-outs with CICO coaches, typically school behavior support staff.   Teachers provide students with regular behavior feedback at specified times throughout the day to offer positive support, coaching and encouragement.  Parents participate by reviewing and signing off on daily sheets and offering additional positive reinforcement at home.  CICO can be modified to customize goals or add an end of day incentive to reinforce student effort.  

Distance learning format:

Students on CICO will join a zoom meeting with support staff to begin and end the day or week to receive feedback, coaching and additional encouragement.  This may be done individually or in groups depending on student need.  Scores will be recorded in a shared online document to chart student success.


StepUp: Social Emotional Skills Instruction

Students have the opportunity to take a leadership role with Second Step, the social emotional learning curriculum used in our classrooms. Throughout the year, students will be asked to participate in “StepUP” groups which provide additional teaching on social emotional skills in a small group setting. With the additional training that these students receive they can act as classroom leaders in helping other students to learn and practice the classroom lessons throughout the week.  Students are asked to focus on the concrete actions they can take to demonstrate the unit's skills within the classroom.  StepUP groups run year-round with students entering and exiting as they gain and demonstrate new Second Step skills.  Skills development is tracked through daily reflection sheets completed by the student and teacher.

Distance learning format:

Students who participate in StepUP will be invited to a schoology course targeting a particular social emotional skill area.  Content areas will be added throughout the year.  Scores will be recorded in a shared online document to chart student success.


Lunch Bunch Social Groups

Students meet once a week with the school counselor and others in their grade band to talk about feelings, gain support, build social emotional and coping skills and learn through participatory activities and discussions.  Topics are chosen by the school counselor based on the needs of the group.  Groups are ongoing with students entering and exiting based on their individual needs.  New student lunch bunches are offered several times throughout the year.

Distance learning format:

Students who participate in a lunch bunch group will join a zoom meeting facilitated by the counselor and/or support staff.  Friendship lunches for small groups of students are available to be facilitated by staff on zoom upon request.  Parent permission is required.  Students must sign up in advance.


Interventions available during in-person learning only:


Recess CICO

Recess CICO offers additional supervision and coaching at recess to inform a student's CICO sheet or as a stand alone intervention (recess only CICO sheet) to reinforce positive behavior on the playground.

Breaks are Better (BrB)

Breaks are Better (BrB) is a modification of Check In, Check Out that specifically helps students learn persistence in academic activities, tasks, or assignments.  For BrB, academic behaviors as well as classroom break options are defined and reinforced.  Students are provided with coaching and explicit opportunities to take breaks in appropriate ways.