"We Are Rocket Ready" PBSIS Initiative

Toms River Intermediate East is committed to creating a positive learning environment where students are academically and socially successful. As part of our strategic plan, we are implementing Positive Behavioral Support in Schools (PBSIS), a nationally validated framework for creating a positive school climate. At Intermediate East we refer to this approach as "We Are Rocket Ready." The Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS) framework is associated with increases in positive student outcomes (e.g., increase in instructional time) and decreases in conduct infractions as measured by office conduct referral and suspension data. In New Jersey, consistent high fidelity implementation of PBSIS has resulted in an average of 21% decrease in referrals to the office for conduct infractions and a 30% average decrease in out of school suspensions. Through a collaborative team process, we have determined that "We Are Rocket Ready" is a priority at Intermediate East. Through the consistent and genuine implementation of these practices, we will be able to achieve the types of positive outcomes we want to see at Intermediate East.