Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Burbank is a PBIS school! PBIS is an effort that involves our entire school site, from the youngest students to our most experienced staff members. PBIS helps us to decrease classroom disruptions and have fewer student suspensions. It means we decide the kinds of behavior that we want exhibited by our school community, share these expectations with all students and staff and practice that behavior. Here’s what you will see in our school:
- Students and staff respecting one another.
- Students and staff acting responsibly.
- Students and staff behaving safely.
Using PBIS means we do the following:
- Set expectations for behavior.
- Follow the expectations every day.
- Have a dedicated school team that meets each month to talk about discipline, look at our school data and share consistent information with all our staff members.
- Address issues in a proactive way.
PBIS helps our school maintain a positive atmosphere where learning happens.
English as a Second Language (ESL) The ESL program at Burbank provides English language lessons to students with limited English proficiency. Lessons are designed to help students whose first language is one other than English. While students become proficient in English and learn more about the United States, they are also guided to preserve and embrace their native culture and heritage.
Autism Burbank is an autism services site for Milwaukee Public Schools. The program consists of three More Restrictive Placement (MRP) classrooms for K3 – grade 8. The program’s philosophy is that disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the rights of individuals to participate in or contribute to society. In order to facilitate the successful movement of the children from public school education to post secondary options, transition goals are a standard part of the curriculum. The autism teaching team believes that individuals can and should contribute to their care. The team advocates for the wants and needs of children to the greatest degree possible, thereby enhancing personal dignity. Each individual child has a right to gain knowledge and skills that will enable him or her to participate in meaningful work that is based upon their individual choice, interests and abilities. This unique program is utilized in primary and secondary classrooms. The curriculum of the autism program focuses on the acquisition of functional reading, writing, language arts, science and social studies skills. Community-based activities are incorporated into each theme unit to encourage the transfer of skills. The primary and secondary classrooms participate in Special Olympics bowling, basketball, track and field and boccé ball events.