What is PBIS?
PBIS is a comprehensive, 3-tiered approach to implementing positive and consistent student discipline systems in schools and preschools. Unlike other approaches to student discipline, PBIS encourages a positive climate schoolwide, in all locations and for all students, by focusing systematically on
- the general school population (universal or schoolwide PBIS),
- students at risk (targeted or secondary PBIS) and
- students with intensive or chronic behavioral and emotional problems (intensive or tertiary PBIS)
PBIS also recognizes that student discipline systems, including the definitions of and responses to problem behavior, need to be consistent across classroom and non-classroom settings; thus, PBIS complements and extends the approach used in other programs such as Responsive Classroom.
Implementing a full 3-tiered PBIS system in a school typically takes approximately three years and involves training, on-site consulting and technical assistance and consistent meeting and planning time for a PBIS leadership team.
Although the most significant and durable changes in school process and culture occur with a comprehensive, three-tiered approach, NH CEBIS does offer ala carte workshops and individualized approaches for schools and districts wishing to improve a particular aspect of their approach to problem behavior and positive school culture.
For more information, please contact Alex Sullivan.