Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)

  • Southwest Elementary is a PBIS School!

    What is Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)?

    PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support 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 plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all settings. 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 a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.

    Source: www.pbis.org


    What does PBIS look like at our school?

    Southwest has created a matrix which details expectations for different locations throughout the school (for example, bathroom, cafeteria, etc.) We gather discipline data throughout the year in order to measure and refine our plan. Having a united set of expectations helps our students be better behaved and aligns with our PBIS plan.

    These expectations are:

    S – Safe

    O – Outstanding

    A – Accountable

    R - Respectful

    Rewarding positive behavior is a huge part of PBIS. Students receive SOAR tickets for demonstrating good behavior, such as walking quietly in the halls, cleaning up after themselves, and showing kindness to others. Students can save their SOAR Tickets to spend on toys or other treats each month at the Owl Mart.

    Classes can also earn rewards for demonstrating positive behaviors. Classes collect Eggs for good behavior in Specials classes. Eggs go towards class rewards, such as Pajama Day or an ice cream party.