Our Learning Environment
All SPPS schools implement the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework to proactively build relationships, community and multi-tiered systems of support for all students, staff and families.
Positive school climates feature:
- communities that are inviting and inclusive for all students, staff and families and foster success
- established routines and procedures – clearly defined, communicated, and followed – in which positive behavior and mutual respect are evident
- opportunities for students to see their personal and social identities – including their race, culture, gender, and sexual orientation – reflected in resources and materials
- opportunities for students to share without control or judgement from a dominant voice or culture
- student participation in co-curricular and extracurricular activities in a manner consistent with their gender identity including, but not limited to, intramural and interscholastic athletics
- adults who understand and address the impact of trauma, mental health, poverty and homelessness on student learning
- the use of Restorative Practices as one approach to build community and repair harm
- the understanding that it takes time, habits and support to build and maintain positive relationships.
Learning spaces feature:
- culturally relevant classroom materials, posters, bulletin boards and displays that represent multiple narratives
- student access to facilities that best align with a student’s gender identity
- flexible space for groups of different sizes and activities: small or large groups, quiet, active, etc.
- 1:1 iPads, the Learning Management Systems, and other technology tools that help tailor instruction and support student voice and choice.