What is PBIS?
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a schoolwide, multi-tiered, behavior framework comprised of evidence-based practices and systems, established to improve behavior and academic outcomes for ALL students. PBIS is not a packaged curriculum. It’s a prevention-oriented way for school sites to organize evidence- based behavioral interventions into a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) to maximize academic and social behavior outcomes for students. The fundamental purpose of PBIS is to make schools more effective, efficient and equitable learning environments for all students.
What does schoolwide PBIS look?
Although schoolwide PBIS may look different in each K-8 school, there are certain critical components that identify PBIS schools. These components include:
- selected school team members that guide and support implementation of PBIS
- defined schoolwide expectations that are taught and acknowledged
- a consistent system established to address behavioral concerns
- the use of data to inform decision-making
- providing all stakeholders an opportunity to be involved with the school community
How does PBIS Works?
PBIS programs set up three tiers of support for students and staff.
- Tier 1 is a schoolwide, universal system for everyone in a school. Students learn basic behavioral expectations, like how to be respectful and kind. School staff members regularly recognize and reinforce positive student behavior.
- Tier 2 provides an extra layer of support for students who may struggle with behavioral expectations. The school provides these students will targeted interventions and supports.
- Tier 3 is the most intensive level of intervention. This tier is focused on students who need individualized supports and services because of ongoing behavioral concerns.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is a positive and effective alternative to traditional discipline methods. Research indicates that schools implementing PBIS have a more positive school climate, decrease in behavior incidents and increased academic performance.