• PBIS: Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports


    Hilburn Academy is a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) School that focuses on recognizing positive behavior. We use PBIS as an approach to creating a culture of encouragement and recognition for all our students. PBIS allows us to establish behavioral supports unique to the needs of our students. These structures help us create an effective learning environment for all students. While PBIS is beneficial for our students, it also reinforces a positive school climate overall. You may hear your child talk about our Hawk Pledge, Hawk Expectations, PBIS Models, and SOARing behaviors throughout their time at Hilburn. These, as well as classroom activities, are all structures in place to support the overall behavioral and social needs of our students. We believe all students are capable of demonstrating positive behaviors. Through fair, intentional, and approachable lessons, we take time to teach our students the behaviors we expect to see in school.


    The purpose of the Hilburn Academy PBIS team is to establish an effective PBIS model that supports our need to recognize and consistently encourage positive behaviors in our school. We believe staff, students, and parents can work together to foster positive behaviors, climate, and interactions through PBIS strategies.

    Core PBIS Values at Hilburn

    1. All students are important and deserve respect.

    2. All students are capable of demonstrating positive behavior.

    3. With early interventions, behaviors can be modified.

    4. Behaviors can be reviewed using school-wide data.

    5. All students are unique in their behavioral needs.

    What is PBIS?

    The foundation for implementing PBIS is defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors in the classroom and non-classroom settings. With a focus on desired behaviors, schools hope to prevent negative behaviors as much as possible and form ways to help students who may struggle with behavior. Much like with academic learning, school personnel identifies ways to help all students, groups of students, and individual students with behavior and PBIS teams help lead the charge to develop sound structures to efficiently help students.

    Research-backed practices 

    Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective (www.pbis.org). Introducing, teaching, and reinforcing positive social behavior regardless of the age of students is important as school-wide PBIS works to establish a climate where the desired behavior is the norm.

    PBIS school expectations

    • School-wide expectations clearly defined and posted in areas around the school
    • Methods for recognizing positive behavior
    • Consistent and logical consequences for problem behavior focused on helping students learn how to improve

    PBIS at home 

    PBIS concepts can also support students at home. Since students learn school-wide expectations thoroughly, these can help parents craft desired behavior they want to see at home and build on the universal language schools create to promote appropriate behavior.