What will you see in a PBIS school?

1. Administrative support.
Administrators in PBIS schools have allocated time (for professional development and teaching of expectations) as well as resources (money and people) to ensure the success of PBIS at their building.
2. Team based implementation.

The PBIS team is representative of the staff. How that looks can vary depending on the site. The activities, updates and progress of PBIS in the building come directly from this team.

3. 3-5 concrete, defined behavior expectations.

These are designed by the school so as to reflect and embrace its community and culture. Examples:A.R.M.O.R. (Accountable, Respectful, Motivated, Organized, Responsible), S.O.A.R. (Safe, Organized, Accountable, Respectful) and Be Safe, Respectful and Responsible.  Click here for the list of APS PBIS Site expectations 2013.

4. Direct teaching of behavior expectations.

Behavior expectations are explicitly taught throughout the school year. By doing this, school staff is setting students up for success!

5. Positive behavior is acknowledged.

PBIS teams must decide how students will be acknowledged for following the expectations. Positive behaviors of students are acknowledged by adults building-wide, not only by the classroom teacher.

6. Behavior is monitored and corrected.

When misbehaviors are observed, they are corrected. When misbehavior continues, or the behavior falls under the site’s definition of “office managed,” an office discipline referral is written.

7. Data is used to inform decision-making processes.

Waiting until the end of the quarter, trimester or semester is sometimes too late to make changes. PBIS teams review data monthly at a minimum. While this data includes office discipline referral data, the review may also include community surveys, achievement data and attendance.

8. Family and community engagement and partnerships.

Schools cannot work in isolation. PBIS supports and integrates community partnerships. Some examples of this include: sending acknowledgement tickets home to parents in the newsletter, and asking local businesses to give tickets to students when they are being respectful.