In 2001, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has sought to create a more positive, safe and supportive learning environment for both staff and students via the Kentucky Instructional Discipline and Support Schools project (K.I.D.S.). Since then the Department of Education has expanded this program into a state wide center that will reach every school and strive to establish a constructive learning atmosphere for students.
The mission of the Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline (KYCID) is to train and support schools in the implementation of positive, proactive, and instructional strategies so students become self-disciplined, responsible, and productive members of their community and ultimately the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Schools will be encouraged to begin a program when they are ready and move at their own pace. The center also provides a regional training calendar which will offer several opportunities for training events to schools, coaches and administrators. The Kentucky center coordinates efforts with the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) which is out of the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education in addition to training on Bully Prevention Programs from trainers certified by the nationally recognized Olweus Program.
The center's objectives with the initiative include:
- Enhancing schools abilities to achieve proficiency by 2014.
- Involving families, schools, communities and related agencies to understand and support the model.
- Promoting healthy school climate and effective school leadership.
- Promoting social and emotional wellness of all children and youth.
- Supporting the creation of local and regional capacity to implement and sustain the model.
- Utilizing on-going data collection for decision-making on multiple levels.
In working with schools' teachers and administrative staff, the center hopes to establish a commitment for participation from all parties involved. This will incorporate:
- Establishing a school-wide leadership or behavior support team to guide and direct the process. This team should be made up of an administrator, grade level representatives, support staff, mental health representative and parents.
- Securing administrator's agreements of active support and participation.
- Securing a commitment and agreement from at least 80% of the staff for active support and participation.
- Conducting a self assessment of the current school-wide discipline system.
- Creating an implementation action plan that is based on school data.
- Establishing a system to collect office referral and other data on a regular basis to evaluate the effectiveness of school-wide efforts.
- Ensuring the district/school assigns a qualified individual to serve as a coach.