What is PBIS?
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a schoolwide approach to make schools safe and promote positive behavior. There are a few important principles:
- Every child can learn proper behavior and it should be taught explicitly.
- Children should be rewarded for proper behavior, instead of solely punished for negative behaviors.
- Stepping in early can prevent more serious behavior problems.
- Following a child’s behavioral progress is important.
- Schools must gather and use data to make decisions about behavior problems.
Keep in mind that PBIS is not a treatment or therapy. It’s more like a framework for teachers, administrators and parents.
With PBIS, teachers look for minor issues and prevent them from becoming bigger behavior problems. Before a spitball is thrown, a teacher might notice the student who is craving attention. They might address that need positively before it grows into a need to throw a spitball.
If a student acts out, the school creates a strategy to prevent the behavior from happening again. The strategy might include things like a break time to cool off or a peer mentor. The school may even provide training for parents.