The primary method of assisting students at Ponce de Leon Elementary School with behavior change is the Positive Behavior Support Program (PBS). “Positive” refers to a change of focus from reactive (pointing out what the student did wrong) to proactive teaching and recognizing what children are doing right. It is an overall shift in the school climate to a learning environment where students and staff feel appreciated, safe, and respected. This is a collaborative and proactive approach. Character education is included in the PBS model and is supported by our school counselors with classroom and small group lessons.
One aspect of this program is our recognition of student successes with our Panther Paws. Students earn these rewards throughout the school day and can then use them to shop in our school store or buy special rewards that teachers have in place in their classrooms.