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Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS)

What is PBIS? The main focus of PBIS is to provide a clear system for all expected behaviors at school. Through PBIS we work together to create and maintain a productive and safe environment in which all school community members clearly understand the shared expectations for behavior. Through positive recognition and continual teaching of expectations, students experience academic and social growth.

What are the benefits? We believe that through the implementation of PBIS systems and strategies we will increase student academic performance, increase safety, decrease problem behavior and establish a positive school climate.

Why use PBIS? PBIS methods are research-based and have been proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors in schools. One of the key components of the system is a focus on prevention. Students are taught clearly defined behavioral expectations for all aspects of the school environment. They are provided with predictable responses to their behavior, both positive and corrective.

As part of PBIS, Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet School has developed school-wide procedures to support implementation.

  1. Define Behavioral Expectations - A small number of behavioral expectations are positively stated and clearly defined. Our expectations are: Self-Control, Participation, Accountability, Respect, Kindness and Safety (SPARKS).
  2. Teach Behavioral Expectations - The behavioral expectations are taught to all students in a real context. Behavioral expectations are taught using the same teaching methods used in academic curriculum (Teach, Model, and Practice).
  3. Acknowledge Appropriate Behavior - Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught they will be acknowledged on a regular basis. The Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet School has developed a system that acknowledges expected behavior using PBIS Rewards.
  4. Correct Behavior Errors - When students violate behavioral expectations they are informed that their behavior is unacceptable. Clear procedures are used to direct students to appropriate behavior.