Students, Families and Communities
What does PBIS look like in the schools?
Common Expectations and Language
Schools develop a common language and set of expectations so that students experience consistency of expectations across staff, subjects and areas of the school. Schools teach what the expected behavior looks like in each area and within the classroom.
Tiered Strategies and Interventions
LCPS has developed a tiered Pyramid of Strategies and Interventions across Behavioral, Academic and Social-Emotional domains to illustrate examples of supports at each tier and to guide schools in determining student supports based on need and response to implemented strategies and interventions. Schools have also developed a pyramid specific to their level and needs.
Feedback on performance is critical in reinforcing and maintaining both academic and behavior skills. Feedback should be specific, consistent and process-based, and may also be paired with tangible incentives that strengthen relationships and create fun!
Data and Student Focused Decisions
School PBIS teams use a PBIS action plan, aligned with the School Improvement Plan and Tiered Fidelity Indicators, to guide the development and implementation of action steps based on various data sources and identified school needs.
How can Families Partner with Schools to Reinforce Positive Behaviors at Home?
- Engage in your students' school day by asking if there is anything sent home for you. Take time to go through your child's items in their backpacks and acknowledge what they bring home.
- Support and reinforce PBIS at home by having the same expectations at home as at your child's school. Use the same language.
- Kids need reminders about expectations and routines, just like adults (road signs, workplace rules).
- Consistently provide your child with specific positive feedback when they follow your expectations at home and at school.
- Try to avoid the power struggle when correcting behavior, while maintaining your relationship with your child (this takes patience and practice).
- Check out these tips on Addressing Challenging Behaviors and Tantrums, Tears, and Tempers: Behavior Is Communication.
How can you catch your kids being good and provide specific feedback/praise...
...in the grocery store:
"Thank you for being responsible and staying in the cart while we grocery shopped."
...in the car:
"Thank you for being respectful to your sister and keeping your hands to yourself in the car."
...getting ready for bed:
"You brushed your teeth, put on your pajamas and picked books to read; that's very responsible."
...playing with their friends:
"You were kind when you asked that child to play/ shared your toys."