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Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a research-based framework that seeks to create a positive school climate in which all children can learn and grow. Through the direct teaching and encouragement of positive behaviors, as well as putting energy and focus into prevention and education (rather than discipline and consequences), PBIS seeks to reduce or even eliminate poor behavior and the consequences that often result.  

Through preventative practices, data-informed decisions, and acknowledging positive choices, PBIS seeks to impact not only behavior, but attendance rates and academic achievement as well.

At Manheim Central Middle School, the PBIS framework has had noticeable impacts since its implementation two years ago. Common expectations taught directly to learners have resulted in a clear understanding of behavioral norms and acknowledgement systems like Baron Bucks and end of marking period Reward Days recognize learners exhibiting positive behavior. Through these and other efforts, office discipline referrals have decreased 28% since implementation began, and suspensions and detentions have been reduced as well. 

It is important to note that the PBIS program is not a quick-fix, and full implementation is only achieved after a five to seven-year process. While core tenets of the framework provide a consistent foundation, PBIS is flexible and adaptable as school demographics or learner needs change over time. At Manheim Central Middle School, through professional development in consultation with IU13, we will continue to build and refine systems that help all children achieve to their maximum potential in an environment that is positive, safe, and affirming.

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