In Allegheny County, public school students were issued more than 27,000 out-of-school suspensions and 82 expulsions in the 2011-2012 academic year (Safe Schools Report 2011-12: Allegheny County). This is roughly 5% (6,813) of the county’s 145,537 students.
- CURRENT CAMPAIGN
Hear Me is partnering with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) and the
Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Suppport (PAPBS) Network for its third campaign on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
Schools locally and nationally are reevaluating their discipline policies in an attempt to cultivate a school environment that uses a strength-based approach with a variety of positive strategies. This framework, referred to as PBIS, is implemented differently in each school. PBIS is a framework designed to enhance academic and social behaviors for all students and uses data to inform decisions about the selection, implementation, and progress-monitoring. For more information on PBIS, please visit PaTTAN's or PAPBS's websites.
From October 2013 to January 2014, Hear Me will gather stories from students on PBIS and other strategies for discipline and school culture. By bringing together students' viewpoints from Southwestern Pennsylvania, the entire state, and around the country, we can better understand: 1) how students' educational experiences are shaped by the discipline policies and overall atmosphere of their schools and 2) if the impact PBIS has on creating a school culture fosters learning and achievement for all students.
What is a campaign?
A Hear Me campaign is a region-wide collection of stories based on a specific theme and tied to a strategic action plan to raise awareness. The collection period is 4 months and the stories are shared during the following 4 months through the Sponsor a Kiosk program and specific campaign plans.
How will the stories be used?
All stories will be shared on the Hear Me website and collected together in a portfolio. Stories on the Hear Me website may be shared via social media, embedded on other
websites, and visitors with an account may comment on the stories. These stories will also be featured in the Sponsor a Kiosk program, encouraging the general public to
consider and advocate for increased participation in PBIS programs.
The PAPBS Network and the Pennsylvania Community of Practice (CoP) on School Based Behavioral Health (SBBH) will share these stories in a variety of ways. Stories will be featured at the PAPBS Network's annual forum in Spring 2014, which historically attracts over 800 behavioral and school-based mental health practitioners across PA, to increase awareness of PBIS and its effects on learners. Advocates of PBIS will use the stories to better understand the influence of PBIS on students' academic experiences and to advocate for increased participation in PBIS programs. The campaign’s portfolio on the Hear Me website will be referenced on the PaTTAN and PAPBS Network's websites, sharing the stories with an even bigger audience and encouraging participation from new groups of students, to keep the portfolio timely and current even after the campaign’s collection period.
Hear Me stories are the experiences and ideas of young people. Stories can be shared through a variety of media supported by our website - audio, video, pictures, and writing. We encourage audio recordings, since this is the only media form compatible with the Sponsor a Kiosk program. The technology used to capture the stories does not have to be complicated; a computer's webcam or phone’s audio recorder works! You can also borrow audio recorders and Flip Cams from Hear Me's lending library to record stories.
Who can participate?
How to participate?
What if I don’t want my school or organization’s name associated with the stories?
What are some example prompts to use?
It’s simple. Pick a Story. Pick a Location. Make an Impact. Sponsor a Kiosk Today.
Hear Me has always used interactive displays to share kids' stories with communities and encourage community feedback to share with kids. Our new kiosks will be the main output strategy to share stories from this campaign. They were designed to engage the public in a conversation around the topics raised in Hear Me campaigns. Each kiosk has an interactive audio listening device and a place for listeners to respond to the story.
Thanks to all of our kiosks sponsors!
The New Kiosk:
How the Sponsorship Works:
We'll send you a portfolio of stories to choose from based on our current campaign theme. You pick your favorite neighborhood hangout to host the Hear Me Kiosk; it can be a coffee shop, café, bookstore, library or anywhere you want.
From here, you decide your level of commitment. We're happy to set up relationships with business owners, install the display, and collect the community responses. Or, if you already have a relationship with a business, you can pitch the idea yourself.
- YOUR NAME and/or COMPANY NAME on the Hear Me Kiosk
- YOUR NAME and/or COMPANY NAME permanently listed on the Hear Me website
- YOUR COMPANY promoted on social media sites through Hear Me
- YOUR NAME and/or COMPANY NAME will be listed in our monthly Hear Me newsletter
By sharing the experiences of kids, you are becoming part of a larger conversation about the future of our children.
All stories will be shared on our website and collected together in a portfolio. Stories on the Hear Me website may be shared via social media, embedded on other websites, and visitors with an account may comment on the stories.
Stories will also be featured in our Sponsor a Kiosk program, encouraging the general public to consider and advocate for improved school climate.