Tips From Your School Psychologist
Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
maintain appropriate behavior is a priority for all educators and parents. Positive
Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a school-wide prevention program
that uses behavior techniques to provide safe, supportive learning
environments, promote positive life skills, and reduce negative behaviors. The
PBIS process enables educators, parents and community members to work together
to help all students know expectations and receive the necessary supports to
develop appropriate behaviors and engage in learning. PBIS strategies also help
improve school climate and safety.
What Should PBIS Look Like in Your
leadership team, including administrators, teachers, parents and community
members, helps develop and guide the implementation of PBIS strategies.
team establishes a set of core behavioral expectations and consequences for ALL
team identifies effective teaching strategies for teaching expectations to all
students on a school-wide basis.
reinforcement is used to support students when they meet expectations.
set of consequences increasing in intensity and severity is used to correct
is collected to assess the effective use and effect of the established
procedures on behavior.
are established to maintain and evaluate PBIS strategies school-wide over time.
Parents have an important role to
play in the development, implementation, and success of a school-wide PBIS
program. Many students spend as much or more active time at school than at
home. It is important that the expectations at school be supported at home to reinforce
skills, provide consistency, and avoid confusion.
What Can Parents Do to Help?
yourself about PBIS.
your school if they have implemented a PBIS program.
for information to learn about the program.
on the leadership team.
the school team develop expectations and consequences that you can encourage
your child to follow.
reinforce to your child the importance of school-wide expectations at home, at
school, and in the community.
examples of what the expectation looks like and what it does not look like at
school and within your home.
them for demonstrating the expectation.
re-learning and consequences when they struggle.
to help with the school-wide PBIS activities.
to your child that this program is worth your time as well his.
your belief that the program will make the school a better place to learn and a
safer place to attend.
to help with a PBIS reward activity.
with school public relations efforts.
for the PBIS program throughout the community.
educate community members about the components and benefits of the program.
community resources for creating and maintaining the program.
the community to invest in helping students learn to be responsible and make
positive behavior choices.
with your childŐs teachers and administrators about the success and struggles
he or she may be experiencing in school.
with the school about aspects of the program you like and ones that cause you
Adapted from: Positive Behavior Supports (PBS):
Strategies for Parents and Teachers, Candace Cartwright Dee, Ph.D. and John
Boyle, EdS, NCSP (2007)