Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and the
Well-Managed School Educational Model
What is PBIS?
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an approach to teaching and supporting positive behaviors and meeting the needs of ALL students. This school-wide approach to discipline focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn. The three main components of PBIS are—teaching appropriate behavior in all settings, recognizing students when behavior expectations are met, and providing support/interventions when behavior expectations are not met. It is a program that can be upgraded and changed as we go along to best meet the needs of our student population by using results of surveys completed by students, parents, and staff as well as review of our discipline data.
The foundation of PBIS at Grandview Elementary School is the four school-wide expectations: PAWS
- Problem Solve
- Act Safely
- Work Together
- Show Respect
These school-wide rules/expectations are used in the development of a set of procedures (behavior matrix) that explain behavior expectations in each school setting. These expectations are taught to all adults and students at Grandview. The PAWS are also reinforced in all of our classrooms.
What are WMS and Boys Town Skills?
Grandview’s faculty and staff are also trained in the Boys Town Well-Managed Schools (WMS) classroom management program. This program emphasizes (1) building positive relationships and classroom climate, (2) teaching social skills, (3) reinforcing classroom expectations and social skills to increase appropriate behavior, and (4) responding to inappropriate behavior. WMS is founded on research-based practices. In addition to the PAWS behavior matrix, direct instruction, practice and review of the WMS social/life skills are incorporated into student learning at Grandview.
The primary 16 WMS Life Skills taught are:
Boys Town Social Skills downloadable file
Parents/Guardians and PBIS:
To be successful, our behavior program needs to be a partnership between home and school. You can help by:
- Reviewing the behavior expectations with your child: Ask your child, “Do you understand the PAWS? Do you think you can follow these rules at school?” This is also an opportunity to talk about your expectations at home.
- Posting the PAWS and Life Skills on your refrigerator door and use them for reference.
- Providing positive reinforcement (rewarding good choices with compliments or quality time) at home.
- Sharing comments with or asking questions of our PBIS team.
More Parent/Family Information and Resources:
- For more PBIS information: pbis.org
- BoysTown.org/Parenting℠ is a free online resource that provides practical, easy-to-use materials and information for parents. Here you can search by topic, browse our Parenting Guides or watch video tips to get the answers you're looking for.
- The Boys Town National Hotline ® (800-448-3000) is a free resource and counseling service that assists youth and parents 24/7, year round, nationwide.