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In 2016-2017, ten campuses, across the U.S. completed the first year of the WBT Schools program. Large schools (staff of 90), small schools (staff of 7), K-8 and secondary campuses participated. Free and reduced lunch ranged from 50-95% of students. One crucial measure of success is promising: office referrals decreased from 30-75%. Test score data will be posted in August 2017.

 

The WBT Schools program is free, offers amazing weekly support, contains powerful academic and character education strategies classroom tested by thousands of instructors, and addresses education's core problem, teaching Beloved Rascals.

 

A WBT School employs Whole Brain Teaching strategies like Class-Yes, Mirror Words, Teach-Okay, the Scoreboard, and Super Improvers to increase student engagement, amp up classroom Funtricity, and decrease office referrals.
WBT BEGINNER SCHOOL  A minimum of five teachers, with the principal's permission but not direct involvement, start at Beginner {a school within a school). Given a two year time frame, a lead teacher agrees to become a Gold Certified WBT Instructor and the other educators agree to become Bronze Certified Instructors.
WBT INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL  At the Intermediate level, a minimum of 25% of a school's instructors and the principal commit to using WBT strategies. Given a two year time frame, the principal and a lead teacher agree to become Gold Certified WBT instructors; the other WBT educators agree to become Bronze Certified Instructors.
WBT ADVANCED SCHOOL  Schools rise to the Advanced level when the principal and four teachers are Gold Certified Instructors. The other WBT educators are Bonze Certified Instructors.
WBT LEGENDARY SCHOOL  Schools advance to the Legendary level when the principal and one teacher at every grade level or, in secondary, in every subject area, become Gold Certified Instructors. The other WBT educators are Bonze Certified Instructors.
WBT SEMI-DIVINE SCHOOL  Schools advance to the Semi-Divine level, when every educator and administrator on-site is a Gold Certified Instructor. WBT tattoos are optional.
Email Stephanie Meder@WholeBrainTeaching.com the link to a five minute video application. Describe your team and convince us you have a burning passion for Whole Brain Teaching, lofty education goals, and a large supply of Beloved Rascals. If accepted, send Stephanie your school's registration information.
  1. School
  2. School Level (Beginner or Intermediate)
  3. Principal
  4. City/State
  5. Grade Levels
  6. Number of Students
  7. Percent free or reduced lunch
  8. Total number of teachers
  9. Total number of WBT teachers
Stephanie will complete your registration.
No. Beginner Schools can start with as few as five teachers.. Currently, most WBT Schools range from 25% to 75% of a campus' teachers.
In a Beginner School, the principal, though not directly involved, gives permission for a group of teachers to enter the WBT Schools program. At all other levels, the principal's role is vital, spending at least an hour per week in classrooms demonstrating WBT strategies and agreeing, within two years, to become a WBT Gold Certified instructor. Once a week, the principal, using an online form, turns in a short report to the WBT League (see below).
Teachers use WBT strategies to increase student engagement and decrease office referrals. Once a week, all instructors calculate their Student Engagement Average (SEA, see below) and submit it to the principal or lead teacher who calculates the average of all Student Engagement Averages. The SEA provides a single number that represents the campus' educational vitality.
Online reports, the main responsibility of principals, can be filed in as little as five minutes. Last year, Dr. Ida Wigglesworth filed a report in 4 minutes flat, but confessed she had a teen's help.
Classes and schools change and improve, but at the pace of a glacier. You, and your colleagues, need a way to convince yourself that you’re getting somewhere!
After a teacher enters all students' names in an online spreadsheet (we will send you a sample), she scores each kid, weekly, based on the following scale. (Secondary educators assess an average class, neither their best nor worst.)

5: Student Leader = Exemplary student, able to deliver WBT lessons

4: Alpha = almost always follows classroom rules

3: Go Along = usually follows classroom rules

2: Fence Sitter = occasionally follows classroom rules

1: Beloved Rascal = almost never follows classroom rules

0: Amazer = keeps others, with amazing effectiveness, from learning

Newbies: Score all new students a 2, until you know them better.

Tweeners: To avoid grade inflation, When in doubt between two student scores, always pick the lower score.


To ensure objectivity, don't look at scores from previous weeks; use "blind" scoring. The engagement of your kids improves ... but often at a rate that is too slow to notice. Our sample spreadsheet automatically calculates the Student Engagement Average for the week.
In place of test scores, federal and state data, numbers required by the district, focus on your pupils' engagement average. One number, easy to understand, becomes the primary index of a school's educational health. Lift a WBT Campus' engagement average and disruptions decline, teacher morale ascends, and test scores climb. Improving student engagement is the rising tide that lifts all boats.
Meet as a staff and decide on quarterly, or trimester targets. Here is a sample:

Quarter 1

  • Rules: Classes rehearse rules, entertainingly, five times per day, beginning with the teacher leading the rules. By quarter's end, whenever a rule number is called out, students respond quickly with the rule and the gesture. Rule call out is used when individual students need a reminder, For example, a kid speaks without following Rule 2. The teacher calls out "Two!" The class energetically responds with the rule and gesture.
  • Scoreboard: The Scoreboard is completed through Level 3 with daily bonus points determined by the Five Virtues (Glorious Kindness, Leadership, Courage, Invincible Grit, Creativity).
  • Super Improver: Every student has completed at least two levels on the Super Improver Team (10 stars total), with approximately the following ratios: 50% of the stars for the Five Virutes, 25% for writing, 25% for other academic skills.
  • Oral Writing: Every student responds to questions, in class or out, with a one sentence answer, using the following Brainies: capital letter, period.
  • Power Pix: Every classroom has at least 10 Power Pix in their wall display.

Quarter 2

  • Rules: Rule rehearsals are led by students. Recess Practice is initiated for rule rehearsal, beginning with 30 seconds per rehearsal. Increasing in 15 second intervals, Recess Practice reaches a plateau of 120 seconds near quarter's end.
  • Scoreboard: The Scoreboard is completed through Level 6 with daily bonus points determined by the Five Virtues (Glorious Kindness, Leadership, Courage, Invincible Grit, Creativity).
  • Super Improver: Every student has completed at least two levels on the Super Improver Team (20 stars total) with approximately the following ratios: 50% of the stars for the Five Virtues, 25% for writing, 25% for other academic skills.
  • Oral Writing: Every student responds to questions, in class or out, with a two sentence answer, using the following Brainies: capital letter, period, because.
  • Power Pix: Every classroom will have at least 20 Power Pix in their wall display.

Quarter 3

  • Rules: Recess Practice is supplemented by Advanced Character Education, graduating from filling in sentence frames to paragraph frames by quarter's end.
  • Scoreboard: The Scoreboard is completed through Level 9 with daily bonus points determined by the Five Virtues (Glorious Kindness, Leadership, Courage, Invincible Grit, Creativity).
  • Super Improver: The majority of students have completed at least four levels on the Super Improver Team (40 stars total) with approximately the following ratios: 50% of the stars for the Five Virtues, 25% for writing, 25% for other academic skills.
  • Oral Writing: Every student responds to questions with a three sentence answer, using these Brainies: capital letter, period, because, and. Power Pix: Every classroom will have at least 30 Power Pix in their wall display.

Quarter 4

  • Rules: Recess Practice and Advanced Character Education are supplemented, for select students, by the BullsEye game and the Agreement Bridge.
  • Scoreboard: The Scoreboard is completed through Level 12 or higher by year's end with daily bonus points determined by the Five Virtues (Glorious Kindness, Leadership, Courage, Invincible Grit, Creativity).
  • Super Improver: The majority of students have completed at least seven levels on the Super Improver Team (70 stars total) with the following ratios: approximately 50% of the stars for the Five Virtues, 25% for writing, 25% for other academic skills.
  • Oral Writing: Every student responds to questions, in or out of class, with a four sentence answer beginning with a Triple Whammy topic sentence and including these Brainies: capital letter, period, because, and, comma.
  • Power Pix: Every classroom will have at least 40 Power Pix in their wall display.
Every WBT classroom, by the end of week one will have the following.
  1. A large attractive Scoreboard
  2. An even larger, more attractive, Super Improver display
  3. An area set aside for Power Pix (math: red border, language arts: blue border, science: green border)
  4. A Rules display with Character Education Virtues featured
  5. A Brainy display
  6. An area for the daily agenda
  7. A Big Point circle on the floor and a ceiling sign (Hang a sign from the ceiling, "Big Point!" On the floor under the sign, place a large circle. When you step into the circle, your class exclaims, "Big Point! Hands and Eyes!" Kids fold their hands, lean forward slightly, eagerly waiting for the Big Point. For a Huge Big Point, somersault into the circle.)
Every week, all WBT Schools compete in the WBT League. There are many ways to measure a school's educational vitality, but a simple index is the weekly number of office referrals as compared to the total number of students. Thus, in the WBT League, a school's score is determined by this formula: total referrals/total students. For example, if a school has 1,000 pupils and, in a week, accumulates 28 office referrals, then their score would be 2.8% (28/1000). As in golf, the lower the score the better. This number, and other information, is entered by the principal, or WBT school leader, in an online form.
Every week in the League is a new contest. The previous winner can be the current cellar dweller. As motivation for proud administrators, staff and students, League standings are posted weekly on our Facebook page, (80,000 Likes).

    Occasional contests, rarely involving body piercing, will be posted for bonus points.