What is PBIS?
“Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success.”
For more information visit Illinois PBIS Network
At King School, our system of supports include proactive strategies to define, teach, and sustain appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. A continuum of positive behavior support for all students is implemented in all areas including the classroom and nonclassroom settings (such as hallways, restrooms, lunchroom, and playground). The climate of each learning community is different; therefore at King the expectations we have adopted to strengthen our culture of learning are to be respectful, responsible, and ready.
Ten Things You Should Know about PBIS at King School
- PBIS = Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
- PBIS is a proactive systems approach for establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success.
- PBIS Big Ideas: Research demonstrates that schools make greater academic gains when they simultaneously build a school-wide positive social culture. This social culture leads to a safer learning environment where students excel academically while building positive relationships.
- PBIS is an evidence-based practice.
- Our evidence-based practices include defining and teaching positive social expectations, acknowledging positive behavior, arranging consistent consequences for problem behavior, collecting data for decision-making, and offering a continuum of interventions.
- Our students need to know our school-wide expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Ready and what that looks like in all school settings.
- All teachers teach our students the expectations; these lessons are called “Cool Tools.” As opportunities occur or are needed, we re-teach expectations to individual students, small groups, or whole classes. Twice a year we host a school-wide expectation walk through.
- Students earn stars for following our expectations. We always make sure students know why they were earned. Stars are collected in classrooms to prepare for our “Star Drawing” on Friday afternoons.
- There are instances when students do not follow expectations. In these cases, major or minor consequences are given. Parents are contacted for major offenses and for repeated occurances.
- Once a month we acknowledge students, staff, and classes who consistently model being respectful, being responsible, and being ready during our school-wide Community Meeting. Also monthly, students are rewarded for positive behavior by being included in a school-wide reward activity or treat. Those students with a major offense or three minor referrals will be assigned to an alternate activity.