What is PBIS?
The premise of PBIS is a set of research-validated strategies designed to create a school environment that promotes and supports appropriate behavior of all students. The goal is to create a school environment that a) teaches students skills to behave appropriately, b) positively acknowledges students engaging in those behaviors, and c) provides consistency and stability in interactions among students and staff members.
PBIS is NOT a curriculum, intervention, or practice, but IS a decision-making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students. In order to properly implement PBIS to receive the desired outcomes, we must:
1. Develop a common purpose and approach to discipline
2. Develop and define a clear set of positive expectations and behaviors
3. Develop procedures for explicitly teaching expected behavior
4. Develop a continuum of procedures for encouraging expected behavior (positively reinforcing the desired behaviors)
5. Develop a continuum of procedures for discouraging inappropriate behavior
6. Develop procedures for on-going monitoring and evaluation
What outcomes are associated with implementation of PBIS?Schools that establish systems with the capacity to implement SWPBS with integrity and durability have teaching and learning environments that are:
Less reactive, aversive, dangerous, and exclusionary, and
More engaging, responsive, preventive, and productive,
Address classroom management and disciplinary issues (e.g. attendance, tardies, antisocial behavior),
Improve supports for students whose behaviors require more specialized assistance (e.g. emotional and behavioral disorders, mental health), and
Most importantly, maximize academic engagement and achievement for all students.
For more information on PBIS please visit http://www.pbis.org/