What is Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports?
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is an approach to learning that:
- Defines appropriate behavior that is expected.
- Teaches expected behaviors.
- Reinforces appropriate behavior when it occurs.
The goal of PBIS is to provide and maintain a safe learning environment for our students and teach them social expectations they will need in the future.
The Trumbull Early Childhood Education Center staff has embraced the philosophy of PBIS throughout the program. All staff members are teaching the same four behavioral expectations:
We don’t assume that children know how to behave in school when they begin preschool. We teach these skills to everyone! These skills are taught in a variety of ways and in different settings through specific lessons and in naturally occurring situations.
Social skills are just like pre-academic skills; they must be taught. Everyone teaches the children what appropriate behavior looks like throughout the day. For example, “We are safe in the hallway when we use walking feet”.
Adults model the behavior for the children, give the children many opportunities to practice the behavior, and point out when the children are being safe, acting responsibly, being respectful and kind to others.