Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
As part of our district and school strategic plans to reduce the number of drop-outs, suspensions and expulsions, we looked for a program that would assist us in preventing discipline problems as well as responding to them in a positive manner.
What is PBIS?
PBIS is a proactive systems approach to preventing and responding to classroom and school discipline problems. Emphasis is directed toward developing and maintaining safe learning environments where teachers can teach and students can learn.
How is PBIS a process?
PBIS is not a packaged program with a set script. There are critical components that comprise the entire process. The components are individualized to meet the specific needs of each school. Additionally, the components are always changing to meet the specific needs of the school (e.g., population changes, maintain interest, address multiple levels of inappropriate behavior, etc.).
How is PBIS proactive?
The team uses discipline data to identify patterns and possible causes of inappropriate behavior. This information is then used to develop effective interventions to decrease inappropriate behavior and increase desired behavior across campus. The use of yearly, monthly, or more frequent data comparisons helps to prevent the same patterns of inappropriate behavior from reoccurring and assist the core team in adapting the school-wide PBIS plan.