June 27, 2016


Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports


What is PBIS?


PBIS is a team based, systematic approach to teach behavioral expectations throughout the school. It is based on a proactive model which teaches the behaviors, recognizes and provides reinforcement to students who are able to model these behaviors, and supports students who may have more challenging behaviors.

PBIS is all about a “team approach” which encompasses the school and the home. For this very important reason, we need family involvement in our program to make it a success.


Instead of using a variety of individual behavioral management plans, we have moved to a school-wide discipline system that addresses the entire school, the classroom, areas outside the classroom (such as hallways, restrooms, offices, cafeteria, playground/school grounds and the bus, etc.)

Each staff member who works in the school is aware of the behavioral expectations and teams with others to ensure students are consistently getting the same message, regardless of the setting they are in or the adult with whom they come in contact.

Implementation Plan:

The district began working to implement PBIS in 2009. We are very proud of our progress, but keep working to improve our success. In order to accomplish this task, several components are in place.

They are as follows:

1.Behavioral Expectations are Defined. A small number of clearly defined behavioral expectations are simply stated in positive terms. Each building identifies their expectations. For example: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Cooperative, Be Kind.  (Lotus All-Stars ROCK)

2.Behavioral Expectations are Taught: Behavioral expectations are identified for various settings in each school. The behaviors are taught to all of the students in the school through direct teaching with the help of staff.

3.Appropriate Behaviors are Acknowledged: Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they are acknowledged in various ways on a regular basis. Examples of reinforcements used are as follows: all-stars are given which can be “cashed in” for special treats or toys, weekly drawings for students who exhibit appropriate behaviors, monthly grade level celebrations, end of the quarter celebrations, etc.

4.Data Collection:Office Discipline data is collected on school-wide behavior and the staff will review the data regularly to determine when and where the problems are occurring. The Universal Building Team along with staff  will then discuss various options to proactively address the problems and to re-teach and reinforce positive behaviors. All staff and parents are represented on the team.

5.Individual Support is Provided for Students not Responding to the School- Wide System: Each school has a system for developing plans for individual students who may have a difficult time and need more support in a school setting.  Teams meet regularly and involve parents as active partners in helping students to succeed.

6.Active Supportby All Stakeholders: The entire school community is needed to be actively involved in order to make the system successful. PBIS is a district-wide system for establishing a positive culture in each building.

Benefits of PBIS (research based):

1.Increases attendance.

2.Students and teachers report a more positive and peaceful environment.

3.Promotes good academics (Students get better grades in PBIS schools).

4.Reduces the number of behavior referrals/disruptions in the school.

5.Increases the number of positive interactions among students.

6.For more information about PBIS, please visit www.pbis.org.