What is Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)?
PBIS is a research-based, school-wide systems approach to improve school climate and create safer and more effective schools. PBIS IS a process. PBIS IS NOT a program or a curriculum. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach expectations and support positive behavior for all students. PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student-specific discipline plans. PBIS is a team-based process for data review, data-based problem solving and intervention, ongoing planning, and monitoring of interventions. PBIS implementation includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for: ALL students, ALL staff and in ALL settings. This includes individual classrooms and teachers AND non-classroom settings and related staff. Steps involved in setting up school-wide PBIS after initial training: Identify school team to guide and direct the process. This team should be made up of an administrator, grade level representatives, student services staff, non-classroom staff and parents. Establish 3-5 positively stated school-wide behavioral expectations. Establish a way to collect office referral and other data on a regular basis to evaluate the effectiveness of school-wide PBIS efforts.
How Does It Work?
A PBIS school teaches the expectations to all students and provides frequent opportunity to practice.
A PBIS school provides a consistent, predictable, and fair use of consequences for all students.
What Can Parents Do
Read and discuss the Behavior Expectations Matrix
Check your student’s planner/homework assignments each night
Review the Behavior Expectation Matrix with your child if he or she experiences behavior problems in school
Work on a plan to help them with strategies for appropriate behaviors
Support teacher and administrative behavior decisions
Discuss problems privately with staff
Ask about Parent Teacher Association and other volunteer opportunities at the school