Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) when applied at the School-wide level is frequently called: Sw-PBS or Sw-PBIS.Sw-PBS refers to a systems change process for an entire school or district. The underlying theme is teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject.
The school will focus on three to five behavioral expectations that are positively stated and easy to remember. In other words, rather than telling students what not to do, the school will focus on the preferred behaviors. Here are some examples from other schools:
- Respect Yourself, Respect Others, and Respect Property
- Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful
- Respect Relationships and Respect Responsibilities
The team will then create a matrix of what the behavioral expectations look like, sound like, and feel like in all the non-classroom areas. This matrix will have approximately three positively stated examples for each area. Here is an example line from one school:
Bus Cafeteria Restroom Playground Respect Property
Keep feet and hands where they belong.
Throw unwanted items in wastebasket.
Keep food and drinks in backpack.
Place tray on kitchen window shelf after scraping leftovers into wastebasket.
Wipe table with sponge provided.
Clean food spills off floor.
Flush toilet after use.
Use two squirts of soap to wash hands.
Throw paper towels in wastebasket.
Report any graffitti or broken equipment to adult on duty.
Return playground equipment to proper area.
Use equipment as it was designed.
This would be filled out for each non-classroom area and each behavioral expectation. The Sw-PBS team would take the matrix back to the whole staff to ensure 80% buy-in from the entire staff on what expectations are taught in each area.