PBIS provides school sites with an organizational framework for improving the social climate of a school and supporting the impact of academic instruction on achievement as well as increasing proactive management. PBIS is a school-wide approach to supporting student learning.
In general, PBIS emphasizes four integrated elements: (a) data for decision making, (b) measurable outcomes supported and evaluated by data, (c) practices with evidence that these outcomes are achievable, and (d) systems that efficiently and effectively support implementation of these practices.
CUSD campuses using PBIS have many different activities and supports in place to reinforce a positive learning climate and culture. Some of the things that might be seen on campus include:
- School-wide implementation day in the fall. The day is filled with direct teaching of school-wide expectations. This activity sets the expectations for all students and staff and establishes the learning climate.
- School-wide reinforcement systems are in place to acknowledge students and staff who are displaying the expectations.
- Visual prompts are seen around campus to remind everyone of the expectations.
- Classrooms post and discuss expectations at the site.
- Programs are in place to support an expectation of no bullying. Interventions for students who feel bullied are in place to ensure they have a safe environment.
- Mentoring programs exist to provide additional support to students who are at risk.
- Activities are structured in to the year to reinforce the expectations of respect and responsibility.
PBIS provides a format to allow the school to support all students. Each site follows the basic principles of PBIS but adapts it to the specific site. Extensive information is also available on pbis.org.