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    Student Engagement and School Support

    This office reports to Student Services and is part of the Chief of Special Education and Student Services Division.

    Contact Information

    Oxon Hill Staff Development Center
    7711 Livingston Road
    Oxon Hill, MD 20745
    301-749-4379
    301-749-5220

    Richard Moody, Jr.
    Supervisor
    rmoody@pgcps.org

    Anissa Freeman-Jones
    PBIS Coordinator
    anissa.freemanjones@pgcps.org

    Patricia Washington
    Secretary
    Patricia2.Washington@pgcps.org

    Areas of Responsibility

    Highlighted Programs

    • Life Skills (LST)
      The Life Skills Training Program (LST), currently included in the seventh grade health curriculum and offered to 4th, 5th, 6th grade students in selected elementary schools, is a research based, Center for Disease Control (CDC) approved prevention program. The main goals of Life Skills Training are to teach prevention-related information, promote anti-drug norms, teach drug refusal skills, and foster the development of personal self-management skills and general social skills. LST is an interactive program using a multi-sensory approach designed to educate students through the use of role play, guided practice, small group activities, and discussion. Program topics of this sequential curriculum include Self-Esteem, Decision-Making, Smoking Information, Alcohol, Marijuana, Advertising, Dealing With Stress, Communication Skills, Social Skills and Assertiveness.
    • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
      PBIS is a broad range of systemic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behavior. PBIS is the integration of valued outcomes, science of human behavior validated procedures and systems change. PBIS addresses "best practices" and current research about the issues of prevention and early behavioral intervention in schools. This unique approach to changing behaviors in schools emphasizes prevention and capacity building at the school level with a focus on concrete activities and strategies to support safe, non-violent environments that optimize the potential for learning. The goal of PBIS is to create a positive school culture in which pro-social behaviors are explicity taught and reinforced, and all adults respond to the occurrence of problem behaviors in a consistent manner.
    • Tobacco Cessation/Tobacco Initiative Zero-Tolerance Tobacco Use Program
      In recognizing that the cause of a student's use of tobacco may be for reasons of addiction rather than intentional disobedience, the Zero-Tolerance Tobacco Use Program is a non-punitive initiative intended to motivate students who have violated the Code of Student Conduct in Prince George's County to make positive choices for a healthy and tobacco-free lifestyle. Students may be administratively referred or voluntarily enter the program. The program also supports the Tobacco Initiative and curriculum that is in place in the county's schools. Administrators are encouraged to refer students to the program as needed.
    • Cooperative Discipline
      Cooperative Discipline is an approach to managing and motivating student behavior in a manner consistent with optimum student growth, academically, socially, and psychologically. The initiative helps teachers identify certain behaviors when they occur and provides them with corrective and supportive strategies as interventions. Teachers are taught how to develop consistent, comprehensive policies that enhance the learning and working environments of the school. With Cooperative Discipline, two achievements are possible: 1.) The classroom becomes a safe, orderly and inviting place in which to teach and learn and 2.) Students' self-esteem increases. This must happen if we want them to behave more responsibly and achieve more academically.
    • Second Step
      Second Step is a violence prevention curriculum that can be employed by both schools and families to encourage children to change the attitudes and behaviors that contribute to violence. The Second Step curriculum is written fro grades kindergarten through grade nine and is designed to promote the safety, well being and social development of children. Second Step teaches and reinforces skills in empathy, impulse control, problem solving and anger management at all grade levels from Pre-K to 9.
    • Character Education
      A comprehensive program built around the universal values of Caring, Respect, Responsibility, Trust, and Family. It is an interactive process of questions, thoughts, reactions and discoveries all woven into existing curricular areas and school activities. It is not confined to a single classroom nor is it a single curriculum. It is not just for the high achievers or the lowest achievers, but benefits all students in a school or community. By developing positive character traits, students learn important decision making skills that will help them make responsible choices when faced with situations that conflict with their beliefs.
    • Student Assistance Program (SAP)
      This program is a partnership between the Prince George's County Public Schools and the Prince George's County Health Department. The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a school based substance abuse intervention program established to identify adolescents whose behavior, attendance, grades or other indicators identify them as being at-risk for and /or have problems related to substance abuse. Through the SAP process, these at-risk students and their parents are directed to appropriate services in the community that will provide the necessary assistance. The program is currently available to middle schools and high schools.

    Other Services

    • Alternative to Expulsion: Assessment/Intervention
      Prince George's County Public Schools Provides parents/guardians and students with and alternative to expulsion, for Code of Student Conduct substance abuse violations, by providing two intervention/counseling sessions to be attended by both a parent/guardian and the student. All students using drugs are encouraged to seek help. Students referred administratively or non-administratively can be seen by an assessment/intervention specialist who implements procedures regarding student use/or possession of alcohol or other drugs as specified by the Code of Student Conduct. Please refer to the Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook for the policy and procedure on handling first and second alcohol and/or drug violations.