Positive Behavior Intervention and Support
PBIS is a research-based, school-wide systems approach to improve school climate and create safer, more effective schools. PBIS is a process, not a program or a curriculum. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach expectations and support positive behavior for all students. PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student-specific discipline plans. It is a team-based process for data review, data-based problem solving and intervention, ongoing planning, and monitoring of interventions. PBIS implementation includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students, all staff, in all settings. This includes individual classrooms and non-classroom settings.
At Powell, we are in the seventh year of PBIS implementation. In 2010-11 we implemented PBIS in our “common areas” such as the gym, hallways, cafeteria, playground, and then extended it into our classrooms the following year. For the 2016-17 school year, we plan to revise the Powell PBIS program to correspond with the new school theme,"The Center for Play and Ingenuity". Powell Panthers are good SPORTS, is the new Powell Promise and teachers are adapting school expectations to correspond with the new promise. You will discover Powell teachers are more “preventative” and “positive” when thinking about classroom discipline. You will hear a lot of teachers saying, “My expectation is for you to…” rather than “I told you not to…” Students are provided with lots of behavior support, by addressing behavior issues before they reach a critical point. This process will manifest itself in several ways. You will see many more celebrations throughout the school that reinforce children following our school wide and classroom expectations. You will see all staff members involved in mentoring and building positive relationships with children. And teachers will provide much more communication with parents regarding their child’s behavior (even for behavior that would have previously been deemed “small”) so that parents can assist in the process of supporting their child behaviorally.
If you have any questions about Powell’s PBIS systems/structures, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Check out our PBIS Website