PBIS at DeSoto Intermediate
PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is a widely recognized system that provides tools for schools to create school wide expectations, teaching expectations, acknowledging students and using data to make decisions. The DeSoto building will be in year 2 of implementing PBIS during the 2015-2016 school year.
DeSoto Intermediate was drawn to the PBIS framework as it creates clear expectations, a mission in the area of behavior development and a school-wide system for acknowledging students. The PBIS model fits with our building beliefs as it shifts school-wide discipline to focus on introducing, modeling and reinforcing positive behaviors.
PBIS is a process for creating a school environment that is predictable and effective for achieving academic and social goals. PBIS enhances the district’s current system and practices. A key strategy of the PBIS process is prevention. Through instruction, comprehension and regular practice, all teachers and staff members will use a consistent set of behavioral guidelines. When problem behavior occurs, students are provided a full continuum of supports to address behaviors, such as re-teaching the expected behavior. If students do not respond, the intensity of the support increases.
PBIS is a program that focuses on acknowledging students for positive behaviors and providing direct instruction of expected behaviors throughout the school year. Consistent routines and language are used throughout the school environment.
The PBIS model states that, “Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.”