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What is PBIS?

PBIS is a broad range of systemic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behavior. It is a proactive, positive reinforcement, data driven, collaborative process that ensures a positive & safe learning environment.

At our school, we use the acronym ROAR to reinforce positive behaviors expected of students:

  • R Responsibility
  • O Offer kindness
  • A Always be safe
  • R Respect everyone & everything

View our matrix here.

Guiding Principals

  • All students are valuable and deserve respect
  • School climate is a shared responsibility among administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and students
  • All students can be taught appropriate behavior
  • Regular positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviors will help them to occur more frequently
  • School personnel must be willing to examine their own behavior as students are taught to change theirs
  • Cultural differences exist and need to be understood
  • Positive relationships between students and adults are keys to student success
  • Punishment is not an effective way to sustain behavior change
  • Problem behavior = learning error

Key Characteristics

  • Establishes environments that support long term success of effective practices
  • Clearly defined behavioral expectations
  • Implemented consistently by all staff
  • Appropriate behavior is taught
  • Positive behaviors are publicly acknowledged
  • Problem behaviors have clear consequences
  • Student behavior is monitored and staff receives regular feedback
  • Implemented at school-wide, specific setting, classroom and individual student levels
  • Strategies are designed to meet the needs of all students

Universal Strategies

  • Teach attention signal
  • Establish behavioral expectations/rules
  • Develop schedule
  • Teach routines
  • Give resurrects
  • Encourage expected behavior
  • Correct student behavioral errors