Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS)
A team of 10 staff members forms the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, PBIS, which began to meet in the summer of 2018. This is a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavior support that gives students the skills to be positive participating citizens in our community. PBIS improves social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups. As one walks our campus, there are banners and posters that list the expectations all students must display with their behaviors under the three “be’s”: Safe, Respectful, and Responsibility.
In addition to PBIS, we are learning how to use Mindfulness activities and strategies in the classroom through a yearlong professional development plan. We are anticipating not only for the staff to be involved in this journey, but also parents and community members.
Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) is an evidence-based approach to behavior management, applied on a school-wide level, a classroom level, and an individual student level. It is not a curriculum; rather, it is a collaborative process that results in interventions designed for the unique needs of each school, classroom, and individual student.
At a school-wide level, teams form to establish a framework of positive stated behavior expectations (i.e. school rules). They analyze data from office discipline referrals to identify problem areas, and they brainstorm interventions in how to teach and reinforce the behavior expectations. These interventions are primary prevention and are proven to reduce school behavior problems and promote a positive school culture (see Articles). School behavior teams also work to establish systematic strategies for at-risk students and use functional behavior assessments to develop individualized interventions for students who present the most significant behavior challenges. District-wide PBIS facilitators assist the teams in developing interventions at all three levels.
San Juan Unified webpage for Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS)