Website Wednesday: PBIS World

by Kristie Burk, Downingtown Coordinator of Cyber and Blended Learning

pN17NH62PLIKP.pngThis week’s website is called PBIS World. PBIS (positive behavior interventions and supports) is a proactive approach to establishing the supports needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. Coming from the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), PBIS is not a packaged curriculum, but 3 tiers of behavior interventions and supports. PBIS World was started by a school social worker who wanted to provide a resource for PBIS to his K-8 teachers.

I learned about PBIS World on a recent Twitter chat.  It is an excellent resource for teachers because of both its wealth of resources and its ease-of-use.

You begin by clicking on a student behavior that you’d like to address, such as “rushing through work,” “tardiness,” “name calling,” etc.   The site will then list a few behavioral characteristics that describe the child.  The teacher selects “yes” or “no.”

The website will then list all of the Tier 1 strategies for this behavior.  Each strategy has a link that includes why, when and how you should do the technique. The bottom of the page will include additional resources and supports, both internal and external, for this technique.

Downingtown is currently piloting a PBIS-initiative, so you’ll be hearing more about it in the months to come.

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