Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. PBIS is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school wide, and classroom discipline systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific discipline plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for:
· ALL students, ALL staff and in ALL settings
· Non-classroom settings within the school environment
· Individual classrooms and teachers, and
· Individual student supports for the estimated 3-7% of students who present the most challenging behaviors.
PBIS IS NOT a program or a curriculum. IT IS a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating an environment within which school-based teams of educators are trained:
· Systems change
· Effective behavior management principles and practices; and
· Applications of research-validated instruction and management practices.
Currently in the Allegany County Public School System, fourteen schools are employing the PBIS process: Beall Elementary, Cash Valley Elementary, Cresaptown Elementary, Flintstone Elementary, Frost Elementary, John Humbird Elementary, Northeast Elementary, Parkside Elementary, South Penn Elementary, West Side Elementary, Westernport Elementary, Braddock Middle, Westmar Middle, and Eckhart School.