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BEST & Positive Behavior Intervention & Support

FAQs about PBIS & BEST



What is School-wide PBIS and BEST?

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support.  BEST is NVUSD’s adopted curriculum to implement PBIS.  In NVUSD we emphasize school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behavior to create positive school environments. Rather than just reacting to behavior problems, we implement a continuum of positive behavior support for all students in both classroom and nonclassroom settings (such as hallways, buses, and restrooms). We use research-validated practices that help make problem behaviors less effective, efficient, and relevant and desired behavior more functional.

PBIS is a comprehensive, 3-tiered approach to implementing positive and consistent student discipline systems in schools. Unlike other approaches to student discipline, PBIS encourages a positive climate schoolwide, in all locations and for all students, by focusing systematically on the general school population (Tier 1: Schoolwide PBIS), students at risk (Tier 2: Targeted PBIS) and students with intensive or chronic behavioral and emotional problems (Tier 3: Intensive PBIS).

Why is it so important to focus on teaching positive social behaviors?

Frequently, the question is asked, "Why should I have to teach kids to be good? They already know what they are supposed to do. Why can I not just expect good behavior?" In the infamous words of a TV personality, "How is that working out for you?"

In the past, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies like office referrals, detention, suspension, and expulsion. Research shows that the use of punishment, especially when used inconsistently and without other positive strategies, is ineffective. Teaching, modeling, and reinforcing positive behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more effective approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.


Laura Mooiman, 2012 Adapted from www.pbis.org