Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports is a systematic process of teaching students expected behaviors in all settings throughout the school. It provides a framework of common language used by all school staff, including cafeteria workers and bus drivers. By continually teaching and acknowledging expected behaviors, school staff promote a positive school climate and decrease office discipline referrals for inappropriate behavior.
The PBIS Division of the Georgia Department of Education has developed a recognition process to identify schools in Georgia that have been trained in School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS) and have met certain implementation criteria. Schools must be in a district with active support through a district leadership team, a district action plan, and district coordinator. Schools must have implemented PBIS for at least one school year to be recognized.
A SW-PBIS school is one that has met particular criteria and can demonstrate:
- Integrating PBIS into daily activities across all settings
- Utilization of data-based decisions to better serve their stakeholders
- Creative and engaging teacher and acknowledgement systems
- Collaboration with all stakeholders including parents
- Successful behavior outcomes to support academic engagement
To learn more about the behavior expectations and acknowledgement systems for teachers and students, please visit your child's school website.