Positive Behavior Intervention Supports


Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. PBIS is based on learning rather than punishment.  Students learn to be safe, be respectful, and be responsible in all areas of Nelson School.

The faculty and staff at Nelson have clearly outlined expectations and will explicitly teach those expectations to all students.  We have identified what those three expectations mean in a variety of environments, both inside and outside of school.
The idea behind PBIS is that we need to teach our students what we expect in regards to their behavior before we can expect it from them.  In order to make sure all Nelson students understand what is expected of them, teachers will be teaching those expectations beginning this month.  Additionally, classroom teachers will be teaching and re-teaching different behavioral expectations throughout the school year.  These are what we call “cool tools.”  These lessons give students the opportunity to practice what is expected of them in the different environments.  An example of a cool tool can be found by clicking on the handout below. 


“The way to learn how to do things is to do things.  Success teaches how to succeed.” –Author Unknown

Acknowledgement/Reinforcement System:


Students earn "gotchas" when they are exhibiting the behaviors that have been taught and practiced.

The student who earns a GOTCHA puts his/her name on it.  The GOTCHA is put into a container in the classroom.  On Friday morning drawings for individual recognition will be held.   Students whose names are pulled will receive a prize from our treasure chest.

 Other ways that students will be rewarded for positive behaviors include monthly recognition assemblies and various classroom incentives.

The ODR-Office Disciplinary Referral:

Even with teaching children our expectations, offering pre-corrections or reminders for the expected behaviors and our positive reinforcement system, some children will still misbehave.  For those instances, we have ODR.  Our goal is to teach children replacement behaviors, or what they need to do instead, so that all children can work in a school environment that is safe, fun, free from distraction, and allows all children to reach their maximum learning potential.

For ADDITIONAL information on the PBIS program and how it is being used in schools across the country go the PBIS link below