Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) refers to a systems change process for an entire school or district. The underlying theme is teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject.
The school will focus on three to five behavioral expectations that are positively stated and easy to remember. In other words, rather than telling students what not to do, the school will focus on the preferred behaviors. Here are some examples from other schools:
• Respect Yourself, Respect Others, and Respect Property
• Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful
• Respect Relationships and Respect Responsibilities
After the SWPBS team determines the 3-5 behavioral expectations that suit the needs of their school, they will take this information back to the staff to ensure at least 80% of the staff buy into the chosen expectations. Consistency from class to class and adult to adult is very important for successful implementation of SWPBS.
The team will then create a matrix of what the behavioral expectations look like, sound like, and feel like in all the non-classroom areas. This matrix will have approximately three positively stated examples for each area.
Community Support is vital to the sustainability of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Local resources such as: 1) political support, 2) business investment, and 3) media coverage are crucial to self-sustaining capacity building within each district. Education is a vital cog to any community. Quality education creates high caliber employees, college students, supporters, and consumers. The support of PBIS by any community's political leaders ensures the continued ability of the school to decrease office discipline referrals; which gives educators a classroom atmosphere where learning is the number one activity.