Mary Miller Richter School of Distinction Nominee

WRE is a Mary Miller Richter School of Distinction Award Nominee
Posted on 09/10/2021
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Development of durable systems has been key for Warrior Ridge’s success in implementing SW-PBS with fidelity. The Self-Assessment Survey (SAS) results have indicated that Warrior Ridge has been implementing Tier 1 at or above the 80% criterion on the Schoolwide, Non-Classroom, and Classroom subscales consistently for the last 10 years.  They have been able to achieve this continuous high level of implementation despite numerous barriers and changing demographics. In 2012-2013, Warrior Ridge Elementary transitioned from a 2nd/3rd grade building to a Kindergarten-5th grade building. This transition came with a 55% change in teaching staff and a new Assistant Principal. The key systems they had built to support staff allowed themto stay the course and continue to implement SW-PBS at all three tiers with high levels of fidelity throughout the course of this change.
Examples of systems to support staff members include the following:training for new staff members in SW-PBS Essential Components and Effective Classroom Practices, continuous refresher trainings for existing staff members, and monthly staff meetings that focus on instructional responses to Big 5 data concerns. The SW-PBS Leadership Team stated that, “SWPBS has improved the interaction between our staff, students, and parents, therefore improving school climate”. This is evident in the data that shows that 96% of staff members returned to teaching at Warrior Ridge Elementary this past year. 
At the Tier 1 level, Warrior Ridge Elementary focuses to teach and re-teach building wide expectations to students. The expectations are to be safe, respectful, and responsible.  Also, known as the big three.  Students are able to earn WOW money for modeling the big three in multiple settings.  Students can save their WOW money to spend in the WOW store. Some items in the WOW store include drinks, candy, books, lunch with a friend, lunch with the principal, and borrow the principal’s chair.

A second key factor in carrying out SW-PBS with fidelity at Warrior Ridge Elementary has been through the implementation of evidence based practices that have led to improved student outcomes.  At Tier 2, Warrior Ridge Elementary implements Check-In/Check-Out, Social Skills Intervention Groups, and Check & Connect. These evidence-based practices are systematically implemented and support up to 15% of their student population. Warrior Ridge Elementary utilizes a Problem Solving Team approach to meet the academic and behavioral needs of all students. Supports at Tier 3 include a schoolwide system to support Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Planning (BIP) for students in need of the most intensive supports.

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