“The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.”
What is PBIS?
“Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach for creating and maintaining safe and effective learning environments in schools, and ensuring that all students have the social/emotional skills needed to ensure their success at school and beyond.”
UMS PBIS Purpose Statement
Promoting positive behavior by acknowledging students being responsible, respectful, and safe!
We expect all Urbana Middle School/UMS students to: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Safe. We call these expectations the Tiger Roar. UMS Students are expected to follow the Tiger Roar at all times within the school. Students earn “Tiger Tickets” by following the Tiger Roar. The expectations are specifically explained in our PBIS Matrix. Tiger Tickets are used as currency in our Tiger Store once a month during lunch. Students are also rewarded once a quarter if they have not received any disciplinary referrals. Urbana Middle School also offers three incentives throughout the year based on discipline data. Each grade level is presented with the target they must reach by a set day; if the grade level reaches their goal, all of the students in the grade level receive the incentive.
Students at Urbana Middle School are acknowledged daily by staff members for positive behavior verbally, and with Tiger Tickets for being responsible, respectful, and safe. Students are able to use their Tiger Tickets to purchase items such as pencils, tiger dog tag necklaces, magnets, snacks, temporary tattoos, etc. in our Tiger Store twice a month during their lunch period. Items in the Tiger Store range from one to fifteen tickets. Students are rewarded quarterly for not receiving referrals by being invited to zero referral incentives. Urbana Middle School students also participate in celebration activities when they reach goals such as reducing specific problem behavior referrals by a certain percentage. Incentive and celebration activities include certificates of appreciation, outdoor carnivals, game parties, snacks, ice cream parties, movies, etc. Our main purpose for incentives is to promote positive behavior by acknowledging students for following our school expectations.
PBIS weekly lessons
UMS educators teach a PBIS lesson every Thursday to reinforce our behavior expectations in the building. The lessons are selected based on current discipline data. If disrespect is the highest problem behavior for the month, teachers are provided with a lesson about respect for the week.
Why is it so important to focus on teaching positive social behaviors?
Frequently, the question is asked, “Why should I have to teach kids to be good? They already know what they are supposed to do. Why can I not just expect good behavior?” In the infamous words of a TV personality, “How is that working out for you?”
In the past, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.
Taken from http://pbis.org/school/default.aspx
The Four Elements of PBIS
Outcomes: academic and behavior targets that are endorsed and emphasized by students, families, and educators. (What is important to each particular learning community?)
Practices: interventions and strategies that are evidence based. (How will you reach the goals?)
Data: information that is used to identify status, need for change, and effects of interventions. (What data will you use to support your success or barriers?)
Systems: supports that are needed to enable the accurate and durable implementation of the practices of PBIS. (What durable systems can be implemented that will sustain this over the long haul?)
More Information-PBIS Links:
- Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: History, Defining Features, and Misconceptions
- Glossary of PBIS Abbreviations and Terms
- PBIS Frequently Asked Questions