New Course: School-Wide PBIS
School culture can go off track for a variety of reasons, and when it does, there’s likely no single cause or party to pin the blame on. Teachers, administrators, support staff and parents must work together to build a positive atmosphere and see to it that their school actually becomes the kind of place those posters describe. By following the principles of the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports – or PBIS – framework, your school can be the best it can be. And all members of the school community have an important role to play in making a PBIS program successful.
PBIS is a framework of research-validated strategies designed to create school environments that promote and support appropriate behavior of all students. People working in schools where PBIS thrives share common behavioral expectations that are valued by the entire school community and apply to all students. Students in PBIS schools are taught the required skills to behave appropriately and are consistently praised for behaving well. The new School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports course from Exceptional Child will help school staff members contribute to the creation of effective schools through PBIS by exploring changing school culture, the basics of PBIS and strategies for effectively implementing PBIS.
About the Author
Dr. Tim Lewis has been involved in special education for 30 years and has taught students with emotional and behavioral disorders in high school, elementary, and self-contained psychiatric settings. At present, Dr. Lewis is Professor of Special Education at the University of Missouri, the Associate Editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and a member of 13 other editorial boards. He directs the University of Missouri Center for School-wide Positive Behavior Support, is Co-Director of the national OSEP Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and the IES Center for Adolescent Research in Schools.