goal of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is to
promote and teach appropriate pro-social skills and behaviors to
maximize academic success for all students.
White’s P.B.I.S. acronym is T.I.G.E.R.S. which stands for (Teamwork,
Integrity, Goals, Empathy, Responsibility, and Safety) which is:
A systems and process approach for teaching behavior
A continuum of behavioral supports
Prevention focused efforts to reduce behavioral problems
Specific instruction of academic and personal/social behavior
Ongoing use of data to make decisions regarding needs and successes at the building level
is an approach to enhance the environment of the school. T.I.G.E.R.S.
improves the link between 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 provide positive results (personal,
academic, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children
and youth by making desired behavior more functional, and problem
behaviors less effective.
WHAT ARE THE THREE TIERS OF INTERVENTION?
offers three tiers of behavioral supports to students. In the first
tier, behavioral expectations are established and taught to all
students. In the second tier, students needing additional support are
offered group level interventions. Students needing significant support
for behavioral challenges are provided evidence-based interventions
tailored specifically to their needs in the third tier.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO TEACH POSITIVE
In the past, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to
the specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based
strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals,
suspensions, and expulsions. Research has shown that the implementation
of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the
absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Teaching,
modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step
of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations
and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive
approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The
purpose of school-wide T.I.G.E.R.S. is to establish a climate in which
appropriate behavior is the norm.