What is PBIS?
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a broad range of systematic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behavior. (OSEP Center on PBIS, 2010). Improving student academic and behavior outcomes is about ensuring all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavioral practices and interventions possible. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports provide an operational framework for achieving these outcomes. More importantly, PBIS is NOT a curriculum, intervention, or practice, but IS a decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all.
The district’s implementation effort of PBIS was named Eagle Pride. The Eagle Pride efforts contributed to our positive culture through intentional efforts teaching, recognizing, and rewarding students and staff for displaying positive and expected behaviors. There was great excitement by the students at North Star and Raleigh as they were recognized by their teachers, paraprofessionals, playground monitors, and even bus drivers for displaying safe, kind, & responsible behaviors.
Our core values (respect, responsibility, compassion, courage, hope, integrity, justice, and wisdom) are at the heart of who we are as a school community. Each month we focus on a particular core value through K-5 morning meetings, grades 6-8 home bases and in our academic classes. We think about what it means to live these core values at school, home and the broader community. Each month at assemblies students who are exhibiting the core value of the month are recognized.
Service projects our students participated in this past year that also exhibited these core values included the Salvation Army toy Drive, Big Red Shelf book drive, Second Harvest Food Bank food drive, a coin campaign for cancer research with the Optimist Club of Duluth and a Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the Cancer Society. Additionally, our Raleigh students had a yearlong focus on “The Three Rs — reduce, reuse and recycle,” and learned about composting.