School Officials are not Convinced with PBIS

Association of Educators
September 4, 2013 — 946 views  

There has been a long-running debate between school officials and the Education Department with regard to the implementation of PBIS in their schools. A few officials believe that the Department is violating the rules by enforcing schools to adopt the practice. Although Congress amended the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1997, the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support has had a significant impact on the special education laws. The department has strongly defended the implementation of the PBIS by assuring school officials that it does not promote any curriculum or a specific set of practices to schools. Instead, the department believes that its aim is to help the entities who are willing to implement the program by themselves.

What is PBIS?

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. This is an interactive and proactive approach that is used to establish a culture in schools which aim to promote social, academic and emotional success. What the PBIS does is that it applies data-based decision making to align the curriculum and behavioral supports for staff and students in order to achieve a safe and effective environment. It also helps to prevent behavioral problems in students.

It uses a three-tier approach to establish a positive learning culture as well as an individualized behavior support which are required by schools to ensure an effective learning environment for all the students. The first tier aims at developing a school wide system for all staff and students. The second tier focuses on specialized groups and it creates a system for those students who have 'at-risk' behavior. The third tier focuses on individualized support and it creates systems for those students with 'high-risk' behaviors.

Problems That are Faced

What most school officials believe is that the Education Department is interfering with the manner in which the school has to be managed. There is also a lot of confusion that schools are facing with regard to the work that the center is doing. The department has given these schools assurance that the center does not have any agenda to promote a particular implementation method as it places no restrictions with regard to the PBIS approach that schools may use. What the center is aiming at is to ensure that schools create a set of school wide social expectations by providing a guideline as to what is expected. It is up to the administrators as to how they wish to implement it.

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