What is PBIS?
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based approach used nationwide for developing positive behavior and creating a positive climate for learning. Children learn about behavioral expectations throughout the school day and are encouraged to continue the expectations at home.
A few important principles of PBIS:
- Every child can learn proper behavior
- Stepping in early can prevent more serious behavior problems
- Each child is different and schools need to provide many kinds of behavior support
- Following a child’s behavioral progress is important
- Teachers/Schools must gather and use data to make decisions about behavior problems
PBIS includes three tiers of support for students. Each tier targets a specific group of the student body. Below is a breakdown of each tier, along with a visual to better understand the targeted groups.
PBIS at Kelley Elementary
The foundation of PBIS at Kelley Elementary centers around three behavior expectations, also known as the Kelley KEyS: Kindness, Effort, and Safety. Each behavior expectation is explicitly taught for specific settings at the school. Through the use of strategies, lessons, modeling, and hands-on-activities, students are provided with a clear understanding of expected school behaviors in a variety of school settings, such as the cafeteria, hallways, office, and restrooms. School-wide matrices are located throughout the campus to assist and reinforce the expected behaviors.