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Planning for a Rollout of the Expectations Framework


Delivering high quality instruction on your expectations framework is one of the most important features of the Universal Intervention.  Students benefit from having planned instruction to learn the specific expectations you want them to perform during the school year.  The Instructional rollout typically occurs during the first week of school.  Booster instruction is planned to occur Periodically through the year to reinforce and re-energize use of the expectation framework.  Most school teams hold a booster event in January when returning from the winter break.  Additional boosters are planned based on reviewing the office conduct referral data to determine standout patterns (e.g., a particular infraction, month or location).

Core components of an instructional rollout include:


Depending on your school's needs, the following activities may enhance your rollout:


Steps to Planning the Instructional Rollout

Tools and Samples

Set a date (or dates) to hold your instructional rollout

  • Typically the rollout occurs the first full week of school
  • A standard booster occurs in January after the winter break
  • Plan other boosters as suggested by your data


Remember to extend an invitation to key district personnel (e.g., Superintendent) and community members (e.g., Mayor).  Your instructional rollout is an excellent opportunity to engage key district and community members in your school activities. 

Instructional Event Planning Checklist. This tool provides you with a task analysis and action plan template for planning the begining of the year instructional rollout.
Instructional Event Reflection Tools.  These two tools provide Universal Teams with an opportunity to reflect on the prior year's instructional rollout as they plan for next year's event.

Instructional Event Reflection Rubric


Instructional Event Staff

Feedback Survey

Video Planning Considerations and Tips.  Planning timeline and suggestions for devleoping video models of the expectations.
Develop a schedule of your instructional rollout.  As part of the schedule, develop a plan for who will take on key and supportive roles during the instructional event. Determine:
  • Who will teach the lessons? Will designated personnel be the same all day (e.g., the same teaching teams remain in the cafeteria all day) or will the instructor rotate each time a new group of students comes to the cafeteria?
  • Who will monitor students when they are in each of the areas (e.g., will students stay with one teacher all day or will they rotate to their typical classes first)?
  • What will administrators and professional staff be doing? Consider how they can be visible and involved during this event (e.g., Administrators may make opening comments; all staff distribute recognition tickets during the rollout)?
Develop a lesson plan to teach the overarching expectations.  One of the first planned activities of your instructional rollout is to teach the students your school's overarching expectations. This scripted lesson plan can be customized for your school's expectations and used to teach students what is expected at your school.
Develop lesson plans to teach the area specific expectations.  During the rollout of expectations, it is important to have short lessons that provide students with explicit instruction on expected actionable behaviors in specific locations.  This scripted lesson plan template can be customized to different locations and your school's expectations.

Plan instruction to ensure ALL students are included in the rollout. At the heart of PBIS is creating a school climate that welcomes and engages all students in the learning experience.  Consider the needs of all students in your building to determine how to build supports and accommodations that ensures all students have access to the learning experience.

Determine what instructional resources may be needed during the rollout.  Examples of instructional resources may include:

  • Having a bus available to review bus expectations
  • Having handouts for students
  • Ensuring materials are in alternate formats (e.g., expectations translated into Spanish)
Consider incorporating community or team building activities.  Many school teams find that incorporating activities designed to build relationships among students and staff are helpful to creating a positive school climate. The resources listed are a sampling of activities that are designed to build positive climate and reinforce your school-wide expectations framework.
Consider strategies for including parents and families in the conversation.  Many school teams find that sharing resources with parents helds bridge the home-school conversation on expectations.  The resources listed are examples you can use to share information with parents.
Professional development 'mini' modules for staff. Support staffs' implmentation of core prevention practices by routines sharing information and strategies.  Pick a practice a month, present a 10-15 minute module on the practice during staff meetings, team meetings, etc.  Follow up with email reminders and tips.  Be sure to show your before and after data!