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Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)

Educating Today’s Student for Academic and Social Success

The Crossroads Center is an alternative academic program, which provides educational and social/emotional support services to students who experience academic challenges.  Students at the Crossroads Center are at “a crossroad” in their educational process and in their personal lives.  The decision to come to this alternative program will have an effect on their lives, their learning, and their future.  As students work through our program, they will constantly make decisions, take on the role of life-long learner and see how their decisions affect their lives and ultimately direct their future.  The goal of the program is to assist students in making significant academic gains, particularly in reading and mathematics, and to develop the social/emotional skills necessary to be successful in their transition from Crossroads.

 

The mission of the program is to build the self-discipline, appropriate coping mechanisms, and academic skills students need by providing the educational and support services necessary to assist them.  The educational program supports the outcomes and indicators of the Baltimore County Public School Curriculum while incorporating alternative approaches to meet the individual needs of our students.

 

A student support team consisting of guidance counselors, school social worker, psychologist, pupil personnel workers, and a school nurse work to support students, families, and instructional staff in all situations that may impact learning. 

 

A structured behavior management system of levels is used to provide feedback to students throughout the day.  The level system is a positive reinforcement system that promotes appropriate behavior in the classroom and other school settings.  The goal of the level system is to increase student independence and decrease reliance on external rewards and supports.  There are three levels in the system.  Each level requires students to exhibit higher levels of appropriate behavior while earning additional privileges assigned to each level.  Students progress through the levels according to earned grades and behavioral interventions.  Student levels will adjust every week.   

Parents are an integral part of the Crossroads program and are expected to attend all requested parent conferences, meetings and program reviews.  Suggestions for how parents may support the structured behavior management system at home and assist their child academically are provided through community team meetings and through the student support services office.

 

Crossroads Level System

 The level system is a positive reinforcement system that promotes appropriate behavior in the classroom and other school settings. The stair-stepped level system uses the student’s exhibited behavior as the monitor of progress. The goal of the Level System is to improve student’s social/emotional skills and classroom behavior. Level promotions occur on a one week cycle. 

 

There are three levels. Each level requires students to exhibit higher levels of appropriate behavior while earning additional privileges assigned to each level.  Students will apply for a level promotion every week by completing a promotion application.

 

Gold

0 referrals

 

Silver

1-2 referrals

 

Bronze

3 or more referrals

 

Also includes ABLE assignment, bus referrals or suspensions

 

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