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Positive Behavior Intervention Support

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support programs (PBIS) are a way to impact the learning environments in the schools in order to support high student performance and to reduce behavioral problems.  All schools in this district have a PBIS team to support the implementation of PBIS.
  • Our schools are working to integrate their Safe School Plans, Character Education efforts and strategies and discipline efforts in order to make schools caring and safe communities for learning.
  • Whole school PBIS is a systematic approach that establishes and reinforces clear behavioral expectations.
  • The goal is to help educate all students on appropriate behaviors, even students with challenging behaviors.
  • PBIS is also an instructional approach that focuses on systematically teaching social behavior using effective instructional methodology.
  • Systematically teaching and implementing behavioral interventions for the most difficult students is also a key component.
  • Teaching behavioral expectations and reinforcing students for following them is a much more proactive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding.  The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.
  • In the past, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions and expulsions.  Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective.
  • Introducing, modeling and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important part of a student's educational experience.
  • The following diagram illustrates the multi-level approach offered to each student at all schools:
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