School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Our school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based practice paired with support services that teach children self-regulation, social skills, and de-escalation strategies and techniques to improve their behavioral and learning outcomes.

PBIS supports the success of ALL students. When implemented in schools, PBIS leads to decreases in negative behavior and increases in academically engaged time. PBIS provides staff and students with a common vision, language, and experience. The goal of implementing PBIS is to effectively address the behavioral needs of all students by organizing services within a three-tiered framework. The first phase of implementation at Martin Luther School was our universal (tier-one) intervention. In the 2015/2016 school year we will develop our tier 2 and tier 3 levels of support. For more information on PBIS please visit http://www.pbis.org or http://www.papbs.org.

Universal Supports at Martin Luther School

At Martin Luther School, PBIS is supported through the following:

  1. School-wide behavioral expectations to Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible
  2. The use of “Paws” (ticket reinforcement) for meeting expectations
  3. Daily point cards students receive each day giving performance feedback for each period of the school day
  4. Variety of rewards and acknowledgements for students (e.g., school store, afternoon activities, earned field trips, individual motivators, classroom stores, and group rewards)