Several members of the Lakeland Middle School faculty and staff volunteered to spend one of their last summer days before school starts at Dallas Lake Park, working on team building and preparing to “kickoff” their new initiative PBIS – Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program.
The program is designed to accentuate and enhance positive academic and social behaviors. “In 2013-2014, Lakeland Middle School will begin implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS),” stated Karen Lake, principal at Lakeland Middle School. “PBIS is a proactive approach to behavior management on a school-wide level for creating and sustaining safe and effective schools. PBIS places emphasis on prevention of problem behavior, development of pro-social skills, and the use of data-based problem solving for addressing existing behavior concerns.”
Lakeland Middle School’s PBIS Team meetings began during the 2012-2013 school year. The key components of an effective school-wide PBIS system involve:
· Clearly defining and teaching a set of behavioral expectations;
· Consistently acknowledging and rewarding appropriate behavior;
· Constructively addressing problem behavior;
· Effectively using behavioral data to assess progress.
The meetings focused on developing a system to teach students what is expected of them, to acknowledge students when expectations are met, and to have staff be consistent in correcting and acknowledging the expected student behaviors.