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Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

What is PBIS?

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Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive school district behavior management system that consistently teaches, models, and reinforces the behavioral expectations of respect, responsibility, and safety. Research has shown that it is effective in reducing discipline problems, increasing instruction time, and creating safer and more positive environments in our schools, homes, and community.

PBIS encompasses four components:

1. School-wide behavioral expectations are adopted and defined in all school settings. Our schools have adopted: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe as their expectations. These are defined clearly and taught directly in all settings to all students, just as academics are taught.

2. In order to encourage that positive expectations are consistently demonstrated by students and become the norm, appropriate behaviors are acknowledged by being reinforced individually, for entire classrooms, and school-wide.

3. Problem behaviors are responded to consistently and in a timely manner by either teacher-managed or office-managed consequences. Problem behaviors are seen as opportunities for re-teaching expected behaviors.

4. Discipline data is collected and utilized to make decisions about re-teaching expectations, the need for more intense interventions, and whether or not PBIS is being implemented successfully.

What is the history of PBIS in the Fond du Lac School District?

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The Fond du Lac School District began implementing TIer I PBIS at four sites the 2008-2009 school year. Today, 100% of our sites implement PBIS TIers I & II. 60% of our sites are implementing Tier III, with the goal of 100% of sites implementing Tier III by 2017-18.

How does PBIS benefit students?

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      School environment is positive and predictable

      Increased instructional time and improved academic performance

      Increased safety and improved school climate

      Reduction in problem behaviors, office discipline referrals and suspensions

How can family and community members support the District's PBIS work?

Family and community members can use the language of respectful, responsible and safe when talking about behavior at school, home and in the community. We can recognize our children’s positive behaviors and celebrate their behavioral successes!

For more information about PBIS contact Kimberly Gbordzi, PBIS External Coach at [email protected] or (920) 929-2900 x4719.