What is PBIS?

What is PBIS? 

"PBIS, or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is a framework or approach for assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students... PBIS is a prevention-oriented way for school personnel to (a) organize evidence-based practices, (b) improve their implementation of those practices, and (c) maximize academic and social behavior outcomes for students. PBIS supports the success of ALL students."  -pbis.org

Learn more about PBIS here.

What does PBIS look like at Sugar Creek?

School-Wide Expectations:  "The Fantastic Four"

Here at Sugar Creek, we began working on building a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports System in the fall of 2009.  We began by creating four school expectations called The Fantastic Four: 

  • Be Kind and Respectful
  • Be a Problem Solver
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Safe

These four expectations are taught to all children and we practice them in all environments (classroom, hallways, related arts, etc.)  Sugar Creek staff focuses on beginning with teaching desired behaviors, monitoring students practicing the behaviors, and acknowledging students when they do the right thing. Learn more about the Fantastic Four here!

When students are following the Fantastic Four expectations, we say they are "above the line." 
Learn more about Above the Line behavior here.

fantastic 4

Cool Tools

To help teach the four expectations and build common language and experiences throughout the school, classroom teachers are given “Cool Tool Lessons” to teach throughout the year.  These are mini-lessons, 10-15 minutes, that focus on reinforcing positive behaviors.  Cool Tool Lessons are created around our four school expectations and issues we see arise within the building. 

Check out the videos that 5th graders in the "Thumbs Up for Sugar Creek" CHAMPs group made!

Fantastic 4 Dance Party

Problem Solving on the Bus / Resuelve problemas en el autobus

The Fantastic Four  /  Los Cuatro Fantásticos

The Debug Steps / Los pasos para resolver problemas

Voice Scale

STEP Problem Solving Steps

Lunch Room Expectations

Student Acknowledgements

While we expect all students to follow the four school expectations at all times and in all places, we also feel that it is very important to acknowledge those students who are.  We have developed several different systems at Sugar Creek to acknowledge both individual students and entire classrooms.

Blue “Thumbs Up” Tickets – At Sugar Creek, we use positive strategies to create a positive learning culture. Teachers give out Blue Tickets to students when they see them following the “Fantastic Four”. These tickets are given out with praise for the specific good choice
the student made. These tickets are then collected by classrooms in
their Classroom Buckets, and are combined to fill the "Wonder Bucket" about every other month at Community Gatherings. 
You may ask... Why are they blue?  Blue is Sugar Creek’s school color!

blue ticket

Golden Lunch Tray Award – Each week the lunch room staff looks for classes that are remembering to follow the rules of the lunch room. On Monday morning Mr. Brunner announces the winners of the Golden Lunch Tray! The winning classrooms get to display the Golden Lunch Tray in their classrooms for the week.  It is an honor!

Every month, we also have Classroom and School-Wide Celebrations.  Here are some learners playing during "Board game day".



Staff Behavior Approaches

At Sugar Creek, staff use a variety of behavior management approaches to supplement the school-wide supports of PBIS. Our focus is on the positive--highlighting what our learners are doing well and encouraging them. There are, of course, times when we need to help learners solve problems and, at times, assign consequences. Here are some short descriptions of the approaches used most widely at Sugar Creek.

Nurtured Heart Approach

The Nurtured Heart Approach encourages us to give our personal energy and relationship to children when they are making good choices. This helps them discover their "inner wealth" and grow their potential. When they are not making good choices, we let them know and apply consequences in a non-energizing manner. Some teachers choose to use NHA to guide them in their daily interactions with learners. Check out this video of former Sugar Creek teacher Alex Eason practicing the Nurtured Heart Approach with her kindergarten class!

Restorative Practices

Also focusing on relationships, the Restorative Justice approach encourages us to come face to face with those that we affect when we make mistakes. When learners make mistakes, they are asked to create a "fix it plan" and to repair whatever relationships, or objects, were damaged. This restorative process often involves apologies and sometimes service work to make up for what was done. After a restorative process, learners and their community can move on knowing that they have done the best they could to repair for their mistake.

Love and Logic

Love and Logic has been used at Sugar Creek for years. This approach reminds us that learners are responsible for solving their own problems and we can support them in their efforts. We encourage and acknowledge the positive while allowing them to learn by fixing their own mistakes.

Responsive Classroom 

Sugar Creek practices the Morning Meeting from the Responsive Classroom approach. Morning Meeting is a daily practice in every classroom at Sugar Creek where teachers and students greet each other, learn about each other, build community and play games, and discuss the plan for the day. Morning Meeting is a wonderful way to strengthen relationships, which is key to promoting success for all learners.

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