What is PBIS?
P.B.I.S. stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and is an organized, data-driven system of interventions and strategies that addresses school-wide, as well as individualized behavior planning, by utilizing research and data-based information to maintain up-to-date best practice strategies. P.B.I.S. assists Hart County Schools in increasing the capacity to understand and effectively respond to problematic behaviors, while likewise developing a structure for reducing frequent, minor behavior issues by fostering a positive and preventative approach. P.B.I.S. positively impacts school culture through the nurturing of a unified, systemic approach and a modern philosophy for working with children and meeting them where they are.
What is P.B.I.S.?
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (P.B.I.S.) is an evidence-based three-tiered framework for improving and integrating all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. It is a way to support everyone – especially students with disabilities – to create the kinds of schools where all students are successful.
What does P.B.I.S. look like in Hart County Schools?
The administration, faculty, and staff at each of Hart County's School locations have collaborated to create school-wide expectations that are clear and visible to students. School-wide expectations, which are unique to each location and its student population, are reinforced daily in a variety of ways.
Students often receive an abundance of verbal praise, along with a high five and always a smile and consistent reinforcement of good behavior. In addition, students can earn tangible tickets and/or digital points for demonstrating responsible and safe behaviors that can be cashed in for rewards.
As well as reinforcing positive behaviors, Hart County Schools also employ a positive approach to discipline. When a consequence is given, it is used as a teaching opportunity. The time is spent reinforcing expectations and teaching any lagging skills using modeling and practice.
P.B.I.S. is not just another program that we use within Hart County Schools -- it is who we are and what we do!
Parent involvement is considered to be the key factor in the academic achievement and emotional functioning of children. Research on family involvement in education spans for decades, and it clearly links increased student achievement with parent involvement in a child’s learning. This ongoing research also spreads to student behavior, as students whose parents are involved in their education show improved behavior (National Education Service, 2000). Below, links to additional P.B.I.S. references and resources can be found to help students maintain a positive attitude both in school and at home, and help parents reinforce the positive skills of behavior learned in the classroom.
4 Tips for Trying PBIS at Home
Young Children with Challenging Behaviors
Helping Your Child Make Friends