Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support


    Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a process for creating school environments that are more effective, efficient, and relevant to the education process.  For some schools PBIS will enhance their current systems and practices, but for others it will radically change the culture for the better.  Click here to see how PBIS will support the Sardis mission statement.

    How does it work?

    A key belief of the PBIS initiative is prevention.  The majority of students follow the school’s expectations, but are never acknowledged for their positive behavior.  Through instruction, comprehension, and regular practice, staff, students, and parents use a consistent set of behavior expectations and rules.  Click here to see Sardis' behavior expectations.

    What about students who are disruptive?

    PBIS schools develop a discipline system that is integrated with the district’s Code of Conduct.  When problem behavior occurs, students are provided with a continuum of supports to address the problem behavior.  Many problem behaviors in schools may have an academic or social foundation.

    What about parents?

    Parents are an important part of PBIS implementation.  Schools communicate to parents the school’s expectations and rules that are taught to their child.  Parents are encouraged to discuss the rules and expectations and post them at home for easy reference.  This method increases the likelihood that teachers, students, and parents have a common language of behavior expectations.

    Is PBIS new?

    The concept of PBIS has been discussed in education for approximately fifteen years.  It was started as a joint initiative by the University of Oregon and the Federal Department of Education to prevent the isolation of students in high schools.  PBIS uses research-based methods to provide positive support to staff and students.

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    For more information on PBIS, visit http://www.pbis.org/main.htm.

    Information on this page was taken from CMS' website, http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/departments/PBIS/index.asp.