Kathleen Best, District PBIS Coordinator


What is PBIS?

“School-wide positive behavior support (PBIS) is comprised of a broad range of systemic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behavior with all students.

PBIS is the integration of four theoretical elements:

· Operationally defined and valued outcomes,

· Behavioral and biomedical science,

· Research validated practices, and

· Systems change to both enhance the broad quality with which all students are living/learning, and reduce problem behaviors.”

PBIS Implementation Blueprint, OSEP Center on Behavior Support

PBIS has the following characteristics:

· Systems approach to planning, implementation and evaluation.

· Focus on primary prevention

· Use of a continuum of positive behavioral interventions and supports for all students and their families.

· Priority for research-validated and evidence-based interventions.

· Emphasis on data based decision-making.

· Integration of instructional and behavioral support systems.

· Functional assessment based intervention planning for students with severe problem behavior.

· Team-based planning and problem solving.
· On-going staff development.

Why is Bethel School District implementing Positive Behavioral and Intervention Supports?

PBIS was initiated in Bethel because it emphasizes a systems approach to proactive school-wide discipline and individual behavior support. Faced with a range of social behavior challenges, Bethel is striving to increase the consistency, effectiveness, and efficiency with which schools meet the social behavioral needs of all students. Bethel School District’s goals in using the PBIS approach are to: (a) improve school and classroom climate; (b) reduce unnecessary office discipline referrals, suspensions, and expulsions; (c) provide teachers, students, and families with a predictable and positive structure for improving student behavior; (d) enhance the continuum of behavior support for students who display significant behavior challenges and their families; and (e) increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and relevance of the school and district’s efforts to provide behavior support systems. By creating more proactive school and classroom environments, Bethel School District is hoping to prevent the development of antisocial behavior and to improve the provision of specialized interventions to behaviorally high risk students.

What Does PBIS Look Like in Bethel School District?

Bethel has adopted formally the PBIS approach district-wide beginning the 2000-2001 school year. However, several schools in Bethel have been implementing the EBS/PBS systems since 1994.

PBS in Bethel is organized around five major systems: (a) district level leadership team and system, (b) proactive school-wide discipline systems, (c) classroom and behavior management systems, (d) targeted interventions and (3) specialized individual student interventions. To coordinate these systems, Bethel has established the following:

· District-wide PBS Leadership Team that guides the PBS implementation effort. PBS Team members include:

Amy Tidwell, Director of Special Services
Lisa Bateman, Assistant Director of Special Services
Bridget Drobac, Counselor Representative
Erin White, Behavior Specialist
Mari Ford, Danebo Elementary Principal
Brady Cottle, Shasta Middle School Principal
Dawn Delorefice, Willamette High School Assistant Principal
Tina Gutierez-Schmich , Equity Coordinator
Teri Mathisen, First Student representative
Kathleen Best, PBIS Coordinator

University of Oregon Liaisons who attend as their schedules allow: Dr. Kent McIntosh and Bert Eliason.

· Building-based data management system (SWIS: “School-Wide Information System”).

· On-going school and district-wide staff development opportunities.

· IPBS (Intensive Positive Behavior Support) Lisa Bateman

· District-wide PBIS Coordinator (Kathleen Best)

· Implementation in nine schools: Clear Lake Elementary School, Danebo Elementary School, Fairfield Elementary School, Irving Elementary School, Malabon Elementary School, Meadow View School (K-8), Prairie Mountain School (K-6), Cascade Middle School and Shasta Middle School.

Bethel School District has benefited from the support and collaboration of Dr. Rob Horner, from the University of Oregon, and Dr. George Sugai, from the University of Connecticut. They are the Co-Directors of the OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions. For more information about the Center: http://www.pbis.org