PBIS ~ Positive Behavior Intervention and Support
What is Viking 101
Viking 101 is a school-wide program based on the district-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework. PBIS was implemented district-wide in 2014 as an approach to supporting students to be successful in schools. PBIS is rooted in the behavioral or behavior analytic perspective in which it is assumed that behavior is learned, is related to immediate and social environmental factors, and can be changed. With clear expectations in place, students will learn appropriate behaviors in the same way they learn to read—through instruction, practice, feedback, and encouragement. Key features of PBIS include:
- Administrative leadership
- Team-based implementation
- A clear set of defined positive expectations and behaviors
- Teaching of expected behaviors
- Recognition of meeting expected behaviors
- Monitoring and correcting errors in behaviors
- Using data-based information for decision-making, monitoring, and evaluating building results.
The Importance of Viking 101
School-wide PBIS is a researched-based framework that has been proven to improve school climate, reduce problem behaviors, and increase academic instructional time in schools. Previously, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to 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. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important aspect of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and recognizing students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding.
Continuum of School-Wide Instructional & Positive Behavior Support
School-wide PBIS schools organize their evidence-based behavioral practices and systems into an integrated collection or continuum in which students experience supports based on their behavioral responsiveness to intervention. A three-tiered prevention logic requires that all students receive supports at the universal or primary tier. Primary preventions are the emphasis of the 2014-2015 school year. When the behavior of some students is not responsive, more intensive behavioral supports are provided, in the form of a group contingency (selected or secondary tier) that was rolled out during the 2015-2016 school year or a highly individualized plan (intensive or tertiary tier) that will be introduced in 2017-2018.
The PBIS Site Team for Tier 1 (Primary Prevention)
The PBIS Tier 1 team is representative of the North Salinas High School staff. Having a representative team will improve communication and feedback about PBIS programs and improve involvement throughout the school. The current PBIS team consists of the following members:
The PBIS Tier I site team is responsible for the following:
- Attending district-wide trainings to promote the continuing development and maintenance of PBIS programs at Salinas High School.
- Presenting PBIS news at staff meetings to keep staff up to date with the development of PBIS programs, share data, and receive feedback from staff.
- Meeting on a regular basis and planning PBIS activities, events and lesson plans and continually monitoring and updating PBIS programs.
- The PBIS team leader is responsible for being the liaison and relaying information regarding Salinas High School’s PBIS efforts to the District PBIS Coaching team.