What is PBIS?
PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Its purpose is to create a better working and learning environment for the school and it does that by setting clear behavioral expectations for all students and staff.
PBIS is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school wide, and classroom discipline systems. The process focuses on improving a school's ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific discipline plans.
Through PBIS, there are four school-wide behavioral expectations. Piccowaxen calls these the 4 Picco Paw-sitive Behaviors. These behaviors are Pride, Respect, Responsibility and Safety. Code of Conduct Matrixes, which display these four behaviors, are displayed throughout the building.
PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for:
- ALL students, ALL staff and in ALL settings
- Non-classroom settings within the school environment
- Individual classrooms and teachers, and
- Individual student supports for the estimated 3-7% of students who present the most challenging behaviors
Ways Appropriate Behavior is Acknowledged
- Picco Paws (3="Picco Pawl of Fame")
- Postcards Home for Positive Behavior
- Panthers on the Prowl (teacher recognition of students)
- Quarterly "Big Reward" events (ie. Battle of Classes)
- Agenda Book checks (encourages responsibility)
- Peace Competition Between Grade Levels
- Picco Paw Derby (race between grades 50 paws= 1 print)
Teaching Behavioral Expectations to All Students
- Monthly lessons on Respect, Pride, Responsibility and Safety
- Code of Conduct Matrixes displayed throughout the building
Consequences for Violating Behavioral Expectations
- Minor Incident Reports (3=referral)
- Office Referrals (administration)
- Loss of Privileges (reward events)
Use of PBIS Data for Decision-Making
- Monthly Analysis of Discipline Patterns
- Recommendations/Decisions Based Upon Data
Supports Put in Place for Students with Chronic Problem Behavior
- Check-In/Check Out Program
- Student Support Team
- Mentoring Program
Positive Outcomes of a School-Wide PBIS Initiative
- Decrease in office discipline referrals
- Increase in instructional time
- Decrease in administrative time spent on discipline
- Efficient and effective use of scarce resources
- Increase in perceived school safety
- Sustainability through team approach
- Increase in positive interactions between students/faculty
For more information on PBIS, visit the Center on PBIS.