Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a school-wide approach to creating and sustaining positive and effective teaching and learning environments for everyone. In PBIS schools:
- Staff teach, model, and acknowledge positive behavior
- The behavior expectations are taught clearly to students
- Students who have difficulty learning behavior expectations are provided additional support in small groups or on an individual basis
The goal of PBIS is to establish a positive community and culture within a school that has effective systems in place to help ALL students be successful.
Research has shown that punishing problem behavior without positive supports is ineffective and may increase aggression, truancy, and dropping out.
Highline Public Schools has made the bold goal of eliminating out-of-school suspensions except when critical for student and staff safety. In order to give our students the best education in a safe and positive atmosphere, PBIS is being implemented across the district to create systems to support and prevent problem behavior from occurring.
PBIS strives to provide consistent, fair, equitable, and research-based interventions for all students to learn how to manage their own behavior and build social skills to be successful. Physically and emotionally safe environments will increase instructional opportunities and lead to academically skilled students who graduate ready for college, career, and citizenship.
Cardinal Rule of PBIS: Consistency, Consistency, Consistency!