PBIS -What is it?


What is PBIS at DCMS? 
Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) is a way for schools to encourage good behavior. With PBISschools teach kids about behavior, just as they would teach about other subjects like reading or math. The focus of PBIS is prevention, not punishment.

Students at DCMS are on the PROWL! We use the acronym "PROWL" to establish our expectations at DCMS.  We use a digital ticketing system for awarding PBIS points. Students will earn points for excellent behavior and be able to purchase items and attend special events based on their earned points! 

At its heart, PBIS calls on schools to teach students positive behavior strategies, just as they would teach about any other subject—like reading or math. In these schools, all students learn about behavior, including those with IEPs and 504 plans.

PBIS recognizes that students can only meet behavioral expectations if they know what the expectations are. Everyone learns what’s considered to be appropriate behavior and uses a common language to talk about it. Throughout the school day—in class, at lunch, and on the bus—students understand what’s expected of them.

PBIS has a few important guiding principles:
1) Students can learn behavioral expectations for different situations.
2) Students learn expected behaviors for each school setting through explicit instruction and opportunities to practice and receive feedback.
3) Stepping in early can prevent more serious behavior problems.
4) Each student is different, so schools need to give many kinds of behavior support.
5) How schools teach behavior should be based on research and science.
6) Tracking a student’s behavioral progress is important.
7) Schools gather and use data to make decisions about behavior interventions.
8) School staff members are consistent in how they encourage expected behavior and discourage infractions.
9) According to several studies, PBIS leads to better student behavior. In many schools that use PBIS, students receive fewer detentions and suspensions, and earn better grades. There’s also some evidence that PBIS may lead to less bullying.

How PBIS Works
Most PBIS programs set up three tiers of support for students and staff.
Tier 1 is a schoolwide, universal system for everyone in a school. Students learn basic behavioral expectations, like how to be respectful and kind. School staff members regularly recognize and praise students for good behavior. They may also use small rewards, like tokens or prizes, to recognize when students meet the expectations.
Tier 2 provides an extra layer of support for students who continue to struggle with behavior. The school gives those students evidence-based interventions and instruction. For example, some students struggle with social interactions. A Tier 2 strategy might be providing Social Thinking® support to help students better understand how to read and react to situations.
Tier 3 is the most intensive level. It’s for students who need individualized supports and services because of ongoing behavioral concerns.

Students with IEPs or 504 plans can be in any of the tiers. If you have a student with an IEP or a 504 plan and your school uses PBIS, be sure to ask the IEP team how the two overlap.


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