Instead of relying on an assortment of short-term projects for individual students that may or may not be effective, PBIS schools focus on proactive ways to define, teach, and sustain appropriate student behaviors in all school settings. The PBIS framework provides a means for schools to design effective and productive school environments that promote school and student improvement. (PBIS) Unit to address the needs of students by creating a positive school climate that improves conditions for learning and that promotes engagement, connectedness, self-regulation, and social competency.
“Through a problem‐solving approach, the PBIS framework begins with examining and improving the entire school climate. Teams use data to examine the reasons behaviors are occurring and then implement changes and interventions designed to address the identified needs. PBIS is a preventative and proactive system of addressing discipline problems that includes fair and consistent discipline practices unlike traditional discipline methods that have addressed discipline problems through punishment.”
In contrast to the traditional approach, PBIS shifts the focus to appropriate behaviors. Educators actively teach students what constitutes appropriate behavior in all aspects of school, from the bus to the classroom to the cafeteria, and reinforce these behaviors school-wide by acknowledging appropriate behavior. PBIS provides a continuum of interventions and supports based on the needs of students.