What is Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)?

  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is “an evidence-based three-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day.” PBIS creates schools where all students succeed by creating school environments that are positive, predictable and effective in achieving academic and social goals.


    Tier 1: establish a foundation of regular, proactive support while preventing unwanted behaviors. Schools provide these universal supports to all students, school-wide.


    Tier 2: support students who are at risk for developing more serious problem behaviors before those behaviors start. These supports help students develop the skills they need to benefit from core programs at the school.


    Tier 3: students receive more intensive, individualized support to improve their behavioral and academic outcomes. At this level, schools rely on formal assessments to determine a student’s need.


    At its foundation, PBIS is a framework supported by research spanning decades. Study after study confirms the positive impact these tiered systems and practices have on improving student outcomes.


    Information taken from:  http://www.pbis.org

How is PBIS at Rice different from other school behavior programs ?

    • The program is focused on acknowledging students for consistent positive behavior. So, instead of focusing on those who are not following the rules, there is a shift to acknowledging those who are making successful choices.


    • There are expectations for students, parents and staff, in all school settings.


    • Direct instruction of expected behaviors will occur throughout the school year.


    • Routines and language with respect to appropriate school behavior are consistent throughout the school.


    • Students are rewarded for expected behavior by staff with “Rhino Rewards” that they can spend in the PBIS store at various times throughout the school year.


    • Problem behavior will be responded to with consistent consequences that are focused on re-teaching the expected behaviors and setting a plan for future success.

How Can Families Help?

    • Review this pamphlet and especially the RISE values and expectations with your child


    • Discuss ways that these values can also be used at home and in the community.


    • Ask your child about their day every evening, specifically how they demonstrated the RISE values


    • Communicate with your child’s teachers


    • Be visible at Rice Elementary – attend PTO meetings and school activities as you are able
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