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PBIS:  An Instructional Approach to Discipline

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports or PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools.  It is a systems approach to school-wide and classroom discipline that emphasizes prevention, instruction on social skills, data-based decision-making to reduce problem behavior and improve time-on-task. 

In 1994, PBIS began as a study, at the University of Oregon.  The systems based approach came to Illinois in 1999 with 30 schools initially being trained.  Today, in Illinois, almost 600 schools are using PBIS.  

PBIS is a tool for school improvement that teaches values endorsed by the school, and it is highly effective in creating orderly, well-managed schools.  Most importantly, it addresses the needs and problems of all students, meeting the state standards and federal requirements under No Child Left Behind and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Indian Trail Jr. High School implemented the universal phase of PBIS at the start of the 2007-2008 school year.  Based on the success of our first year we fully implemented the Secondary phase of PBIS during the 2008-2009 school year.  Since PBIS is a systems approach and not just another program, Indian Trail will continue incorporating Character Counts and Project Pride into the school-wide systems as well.