School-wide Positive Behavioral Intervention & Support (PBIS) is a proactive, team-based framework for creating and sustaining safe and effective schools. Emphasis is placed on prevention of problem behavior, development of pro-social skills, and the use of data-based problem solving for addressing existing behavior concerns. School-wide PBIS increases the capacity of schools to educate all students utilizing research-based school wide, classroom, and individualized interventions.
PBIS is an approach in behavior management on a school-wide level, in a specific setting such as the bus, hallways, classrooms, cafeteria, lunchroom, recess, and assemblies, or with an individual student.
PBIS methods are research-based and have been proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors. One of the keys is to focus on prevention. It is based on the idea that when students are taught clearly defined behavioral expectations and provided with predictable responses to their behavior, both positive and corrective, 80-85% of student will meet these expectations. The 15-20% of the students not responding to universal interventions will receive additional support through group and individual interventions.
Another key element is an analysis of discipline referral data. This team-based approach to data analysis allows each school's PBIS Team to identify problem areas, brainstorm interventions, acknowledge students exhibiting positive behavior, and communicate the findings to staff, students, and parents.
Clearly defining and teaching a set of behavioral expectations
Consistently acknowledging and rewarding appropriate behavior
Constructively addressing problematic behavior
Effectively using behavioral data to assess progress
The ultimate goal of PBIS is to increase student academic performance, decrease problem behavior, increase safety, and establish positive school climates through research=based strategies and systems.