Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a nationally recognized research-based best practice. Schools that implement PBIS with fidelity over time demonstrate the following outcomes:
· Improved school climate
· Reductions in office discipline referrals and in-school and out of school suspensions
· Increased parent and community satisfaction
· Improved systems for responding to students in need of additional support with social behavior
The foundation for implementing PBIS is defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors in classroom and non-classroom settings. With a focus on desired behaviors, schools hope to prevent negative behaviors as much as possible and form ways to help students who may struggle with behavior. Much like with academic learning, school personnel identify ways to help all students, groups of students, and individual students with behavior and PBIS teams help lead the charge to develop sound structures to efficiently help students.
Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective (www.pbis.org). Introducing, teaching, and reinforcing positive social behavior regardless of the age of students is important as school-wide PBIS works to establish a climate where desired behavior is the norm.
· School-wide expectations clearly defined and posted in areas around the school
· Methods for recognizing positive behavior
· Consistent and logical consequences for problem behavior focused on helping students learn how to improve
PBIS concepts can also support students at home. Since students learn school-wide expectations thoroughly, these can help parents craft desired behavior they want to see at home and build on the universal language schools create to promote appropriate behavior.
West Alexander Middle School PBIS theme song - enjoy!
NC State Department of Public Instruction PBIS website.
PBIS website for behavioral interventions
Schoolwide PBIS for Beginners answers your questions about what is PBIS
One of the first states to implement PBIS statewide
Most current research for implement PBIS in schools by the US Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
FAQ's to help families support positive behavior
This site uses MTSS as the leading tool and resource for academic and behavioral support in the classroom
Great resources for PBIS charts and current research for parental support