Positive behavior intervention and support

What is PBIS?

  • PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
  • PBIS has been in existence since 1997 when the Individuals with Disabilities Act was reauthorized

What is the goal of PBIS?

  • The philosophy behind PBIS is that we teach appropriate behavior just as we teach academics.
  • The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students.
  • PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and staff, in all settings.
  • PBIS is an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and students can learn

The 4 essential components of PBIS:

  • 3-5 positively stated expectations
  • A school-wide acknowledgement system
  • A school-wide disciplinary system
  • Data collection and assessment

Schools who effectively use PBIS:

  • experience high rates of positive acknowledgements
  • see a significant decrease in office referrals
  • have 70-80% of students who have never received an office referral
  • are able to identify students who need individual behavior support sooner

History of PBIS in Widefield

  • WSD3 implemented PBIS in 2011
  • Three elementary buildings in 3rd year: French, Talbott, Widefield
  • Five elementary buildings in 2nd year: King, Pinello, Sunrise, Venetucci, Webster
  • 1st year: pre-school, transportation, Sproul Junior High, Janitell Junior High, Watson Junior High, Mesa Ridge High
  • Widefield High School is doing exploration and development this year and is scheduled for implementation in the 2015-2016 school year