RY and CAST are Aligned with PBIS
Date Posted: 6/26/2019
In June 2010, seven educators in La Crosse County completed Coping and Support (CAST) training funded by a 3-year grant from the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance. This grant focused on reducing truancy, alcohol and drug abuse, violence and gang participation in high school students. Over 63 local high school students completed a CAST group in the 2010-2011 school year. Project Coordinator, Angie Weigel, says of CAST, “Many of the students I have worked with have struggled with attendance but at the end of our 12 sessions I was able to give some group members a reward for perfect attendance – what an accomplishment for them!”
Weigel goes on to say, “Our schools are grateful to have this program available, as many schools within the state are moving towards Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), and CAST serves as a Tier 2 intervention option for working with a small group of struggling students on their behaviors and encouraging school and personal success for the students.
“As a new facilitator, I have enjoyed leading CAST with two different groups. I am motivated by the skills CAST provides the students and the effort the students put forth when they begin to experience success.
“One day after the group a student stayed after to discuss some of the battles she had overcome since the group started. This student had very poor attendance and poor grades due to her lack of school attendance. She was also depressed and disconnected from school, friends, and family. She stayed after to show me her mid-term report which showed she was now a B student that had only missed 2 days in the last 3 months of school! She had also made a few new friends in CAST which she credited for the positive lift in her day-to-day mood. I felt rewarded as a facilitator to watch her positive progression through CAST and to celebrate her individual successes with her.”
When students were asked which part of the CAST group was most useful to them they said:
• mood management
• talking things over
• drug use control
• importance of attendance at school
When asked what they think they will do differently since taking the class, students responded:
• take charge of my mood
• use STEPS to help me
• try harder and be more helpful
• not overreact
• keep trying to quit smoking
A Guidance Counselor at one of the high schools implementing CAST contributed, “We don’t have as many of the students coming to us to solve their problems; they are dealing with them on their own. It is great!”
Reconnecting Youth and CAST are carefully aligned with PBIS. They fall into tier 2 and 3 of the PBIS model.