What is PBIS? Why should we have it?
What PBIS isn’t: PBIS is not a packaged program for handling discipline. It is not a quick fix to school problems. It requires a 2-3 years commitment on behalf of at least 80% of the school staff.
What PBIS is: PBIS is school-wide. It encompasses classroom and nonclassroom settings. It is a common purpose and common approach to discipline. PBIS requires a clear set of positive expectations and behaviors. In order for PBIS to work there needs to be procedures for teaching expected behaviors. PBIS is a continuum of procedures for
encouraging expected behaviors and discouraging inappropriate behaviors. With PBIS there are also procedure for on-going monitoring and evaluation. PBIS focuses on improving one area of the school at a time. Example goals can include: Increase the % of the students on time to class or Increase the % of students attending school daily.
How does the PBIS team decide what to focus on? The PBIS relies on data for decision making. Data is compiled through teacher and student surveys and tracking of office referrals.
What are the benefits of doing PBIS? There are benefits to both students and teachers and schools.
Student Benefits:
· More positive attitude
towards school
· More positive school
· Higher quality and more grade appropriate work
· Higher graduation rate (long-term)
· Greater enrollment in
postsecondary education
Teacher/School Benefits:
· Teacher morale improves
· Parents rate teachers higher
· Student achievement
· Parents support school and bond issues
· School has a better
reputation in the community

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