Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS)
PBIS - Positive Behavior Intervention and Support
In 2014 the Ferndale School District formally adopted the PBIS approach as our Framework for thinking about student behavior.
We have active behavior teams at all school buildings and a District Team that meets regularly to plan, implement, and monitor the most up to date research based practices across our PreK - 12 school system. To learn more about what a PBIS approach is read on. To find out what we are doing in Ferndale to address the social, emotional, and behavioral needs four students try these links:
Ferndale School District Behavior Team
What does PBIS stand for?
“PBIS” is short for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports. This language comes directly from the 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). PBIS is used interchangeably with SWPBS, which is short for “School-wide Positive Behavior Supports.” PBIS is based on principles of applied behavior analysis and the prevention approach and values of positive behavior support.
What is School-wide PBIS?
One of the foremost advances in school-wide discipline is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. Instead of using a piecemeal approach of individual behavioral management plans, a continuum of positive behavior support for all students within a school is implemented in areas including the classroom and non-classroom settings (such as hallways, buses, and restrooms). Positive behavior support is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making targeted behaviors less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional. To read more, visit PBIS.ORG
What is PBIS?
PBIS is a framework or approach for assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students. PBIS IS NOT a packaged curriculum scripted intervention, or manualized strategy. PBIS IS a prevention-oriented way for school personnel to (a) organize evidencebased practices, (b) improve their implementation of those practices, and (c) maximize academic and social behavior outcomes for students. PBIS supports the success of ALL students.
What are PBIS “systems?
PBIS emphasizes the establishment of organizational supports or systems that give school personnel capacity to use effective interventions accurately and successfully at the school, district, and state levels. These supports include (a) team-based leadership, (b) data-based decisionmaking, (c) continuous monitoring of student behavior, (d) regular universal screening, and (e) effective on-going professional development.
What does PBIS have to do with school discipline and classroom management?
Effective classroom management and preventive school discipline are essential for supporting teaching and learning. PBIS goes further by emphasizing that classroom management and preventive school discipline must be integrated and working together with effective academic instruction in a positive and safe school climate to maximize success for all students.
PBIS Team Meetings
District Team Goals (Prioritized)
- Establish and teach a common PBIS Language
- Update, Implement and Train all staff on HIB Process/Process/Roles. Implement PBIS Tier I Bullying Curriculum.
- Monitor all Tier 1 implementation at all worksites
- Provide Professional Development on PBIS for all workgroups
- Collect, Analyze, and Share Building and District Data on Offenses/Actions using Skyward. Building have the option to use SWIS as a building level data tool. Paul Douglas can come to building based PBIS teams to present SWIS.
- Investigate and implement Tier 1 and Tier 2 curriculum for secondary - high school
- Present to the Board in February
- Ensure strong community communication - inside FSD and all constituents - regarding PBIS.
Below find resources from our PBIS District Team Meetings