Many schools in America are beginning to adopt PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) as a preventative for bullying, harassment, and mobbing. Each student and situation varies when approaching ways to manage student behavior.Undesired behavior can stem from ongoing adversity in students’ home lives including: lack of parental support, insufficient health care, violence, poor nutrition, etc. Such factors impact behavior as well as student learning. Proactive strategies to support positive student behavior in the PBIS approach provided for all students, creates clear expectations of every child and every adult in the school community and prevents behavior from disrupting the school environment.
Managing students with punishment is reactionary to students’ undesired behavior and in most situations does not provide students with meaningful insight to their actions. Therefore, the behavior is usually continued by chronic offenders. Being proactive opposed to reactive creates a positive school climate. A school wide PBIS approach sets norms for expected student behavior and provides rewards rather than punishments.
To successfully implement school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) leaders must effectively communicate with parents and families to provide consistent support for students at school and in their home lives. The school can gain further support by building on the capacity of parent leaders and outside community members who are vested in students’ physical, academic and social emotional wellbeing. This type of support that focuses on the “whole child” will influence students to be engaged, empowered, and enlightened learners. Some examples of communicating to parents include updating school websites, utilizing community partnerships, and utilizing the school’s PTO (Parent Teacher Organization).