Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
Pasco School District PBIS Vision:
We create a culture of positive social responsibility to promote academic success by strengthening relationships.
Each campus will design its own specific purpose statement, but generally, the purpose of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is to teach and reinforce clear behavior expectations and skills that lead to a consistent, safe, and predictable learning environment. For those students who do not easily learn and adapt these skills, we create a multi-tiered framework to better meet student needs.
Tier 1: We set clear campus-specific expectations and skills for student engagement and respectful behavior, and teach, acknowledge, and reinforce these expectations and skills. We focus on prevention with social emotional learning curriculum. We capture behavioral data to target interventions for challenging behaviors and adapt school responses based on data. We create a campus-specific flow-chart for managing inappropriate student behavior. Below are key features of Tier 1:
Tier 2: For students who need additional support, we meet needs with interventions such as:
Tier 3: For individual students who are not responsive to group interventions, we develop more intensive individual plans and supports:
While there are common values like respect and responsibility in all PSD schools, the expectations created at each campus are designed specifically for the students at that campus. In many cases, they are even put into acronyms to help students learn and remember the expectations. Learn more about each school's PBIS system here.
More about PBIS:
PBIS is used in approximately 25,000 schools across the U.S. and in countries all over the world. Its foundations were formed in research through the University of Oregon in the mid-1980s and by the late 1990s had become a part of a federal legislation mandate to serve students with learning disabilities. PBIS is not a purchased, packaged product or program, making it very cost effective (although there are several companies that have developed products, resources, and training that can support different pieces of implementation). It is instead a framework in which to build research-based best practices and interventions. For a well-developed introductory video to key concepts of PBIS developed by our Canadian friends, click here.
A Few of Many Other Useful PBIS Resources: [external sites]