Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Our Method of Education
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an approach to supporting students to be successful in schools. PBIS was developed from research in the fields of behavior theory and effective instruction. PBIS supports all students through intervention, ranging from a school-wide system to developing individualized plans for specific students. School-wide PBIS focuses on the development and implementation of pro-active procedures and practices to prevent problem behavior for all students and improve school climate.
Schoolwide PBIS Team
Our PBIS team is representative of the entire school staff across grade levels, classified staff, and special education staff.
Responsibilities of the Team
- To hold PBIS meetings on-site once per month to plan and coordinate school-wide behavior systems. The team is responsible for planning PBIS activities and programs (such as PBIS Kick-Off, acknowledgment assemblies, and booster lessons of school expectations) and continually monitoring and updating PBIS programs.
- To attend district-wide meetings and trainings to promote the continuing development and maintenance of PBIS programs at our school.
- To present PBIS news at staff meetings to keep staff up to date with school PBIS programs and receive input and feedback from staff.
Our Three Schoolwide Expectations: Be Safe ∙ Be Respectful ∙ Be Responsible
We selected these schoolwide expectations to achieve a specific purpose: having a few simple, positively stated expectations that facilitate the teaching of behavioral guidelines across school settings. Emphasizing these 3 simple expectations allows our students to easily remember and follow school-wide PBIS behavior guidelines and allow staff to promote these expectations consistently using common language.
By stating expectations in the positive —or what we want students to do rather than not do — the staff will be more likely to use the guidelines to catch students engaging in the appropriate behavior. For example:
“Cleaning up your spills in the cafeteria is an example of being safe because someone could slip on the spill and get hurt.”
“You were being very responsible when you asked your classmate to walk in a straight line in the hallway.”
“Thank you, class, for being so respectful by including everyone in your game at recess.”
We can then teach all behavioral expectations, across all school settings.