What is PBIS?
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a program for preventing, reducing, and replacing problem behaviors by employing a three-tiered framework. PBIS is based on problem-solving models and grounded in differentiated instruction based on tiers of intervention derived from student needs. The key elements include:
- Tiered approach to interventions for all students, for students at risk, and for students who are already having serious behavior problems.
- School-wide focus on the importance of a student's environment and the role it plays in encouraging or discouraging problem behavior and retention in school.
- Team-oriented approach to planning and implementation of interventions is based on the framework.
- Clear set of behavioral expectations and goals for students and staff (e.g., "Be safe, be respectful, be responsible").
- Direct, explicit teaching of appropriate student behavior expectations for specific locations in the school based on behavioral expectations (e.g. classroom, cafeteria, playground, etc.).
- Consistent use of data collection and data analysis to facilitate decision making and to continuously modify school procedures as may be suggested by the data.
- Consistent effort to reinforce positive student behavior, and actively reinforce positive appropriate student behavior whenever it occurs.
Learn more about PBIS here: https://www.pbis.org/topics/family
What is SEL?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.
SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequities and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.
The entire Cherry Creek School district has adapted "Second Step" as a resource for educators to use in their classrooms to help educate students on the importance of SEL.
You can learn more about Second Step here: https://www.secondstep.org/families