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Positive Behavior Support is a set of strategies and systems to increase the capacity of schools to reduce school disruption and educate ALL students, including those with behavior problems. Van Meter Elementary chose to embrace PBIS to have a common set of expectations, consistency in the way behavior is taught and addressed, and provide additional supports for students who need it.

Staff started learning about PBIS in the 2010-2011 school year when a leadership team of teachers attended training to learn about the research base and components of positive supports for behavior. This learning was brought back to the whole staff as work continues in the implementation of a complete system. A fully implemented PBIS system has the following components:
  • Common behavior expectations
  • Explicit instruction for behavior
  • Acknowledgement system
  • System of corrective consequences
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Plan for supplemental and intensive supports
Our elementary has created common expectations for behavior that can be seen on posters throughout the building. We’ve generated lessons and videos that teach students the expected behaviors in the various locations in the building. We’ve created an acknowledgement system and are refining the system of corrective consequences to reinforce the expected behaviors.
Next steps in our implementation of PBIS include considering the best tool to use for analysis of the behavior data and to provide professional development for teachers in the area of supporting students who need more than just the core instruction. Our implementation of PBIS will continue to evolve as we learn more.
Implementing a successful behavior supports program takes a partnership between home and school. We appreciate the collaboration we have with parents as we continue to improve our system. Working together helps us meet the academic and behavior expectations of all students.
Thanks to our parents for supporting Van Meter Elementary School!