Kenowa Hills Public Schools

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Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports)

The intent of the FAQ is to introduce you to this strategy and serve as a starting point for further investigation.

Overview

Research

Resources

 

Overview

What is PBIS?

School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a proactive, team-based framework for creating and sustaining safe and effective schools. The focus of PBIS is to prevent problem behavior, develop pro-social skills, and use data-based problem solving for addressing existing behavior concerns. School-wide PBIS will help schools educate all students with the use of research-based, school-wide classroom, and individualized interventions. (MDE Guide, p. vii)

School-wide PBIS provides a comprehensive framework that can be used by any school to design their own system of behavioral supports for all students. It also provides informed decision making, based upon data analysis that guides the process of assessing student needs and providing additional levels of behavioral support to students in need. School-wide PBIS provides a positive focus to encouraging desirable student behaviors. A set of universal expectations for behavior, positively stated, are established for all students in all locations of the school. These expectations generally promote core values such as respect, responsibility, and safety. Interventions and strategies are implemented to teach and reinforce these expectations. (MDE Guide, p. 2)

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What needs can PBIS address?

Implementing PBIS will increase time for instruction and decrease disciplinary incidents. PBIS addresses the behavioral needs of all students with proven, easy to implement strategies and helps to create a positive school climate.

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What are the goals and primary student outcomes of PBIS?

PBIS is a skill-building approach that will strengthen social skills for any student. Positive interventions such as PBIS that support adaptive and pro-social behavior and build on the strengths of the student lead to an improved learning environment. Students are offered methods that help them learn and maintain appropriate behavior and discourage violation of codes of student conduct.

Effective secondary interventions produce measurable changes in behavior and improvements in a student's quality of life (e.g., participation in integrated activities, improved social relationships, independence and self-sufficiency). (http://www.pbis.org/school/secondary-level/faqs)

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Research

What does research say about PBIS?

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What is an example of an effective implementation?

"Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) has made a difference in our building. During the 2006-2007 school year, Keppen Elementary began developing a PBIS plan that would work for our student population. The plan was administrator supported and staff developed. In the spring of 2007, it was implemented. Since then, there has been a noticeable difference in student behavior. There is a real sense that staff members are discovering new ways to handle problems in their classrooms, the number of referrals is down, and students are communicating to each other in improved ways. Overall, the building is more positive and student discipline incidents have dropped. The year-to-date total amount of office discipline referrals in comparison to this point last year is down 21 percent" (Keppen Elementary, Lincoln Park).

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Resources

Where can I learn more?

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