Three Tiers of Interventions
PBIS is for all students, at all grade levels. The implementation may vary from PreK to high school, but the premises are the same. This approach is designed to promote positive, proactive, and preventable behaviors through the development of predictable, sustainable, and consistent supports and interventions. Here’s how PBIS is structured:
Tier #1 focuses on school-wide programs and practices that apply to everyone in the building, and serves as the primary level of behavior intervention prevention. This would include classroom management strategies that establish basic expectations for students, public posting of expectations, frequent acknowledgments, and teaching desired behaviors. Approximately 85% of students meet the expectations, and are rewarded for their good behavior.
Tier #2 acknowledges that some students need additional support to keep their behavior on track. Teachers and staff meet with these students in small groups to set more specific behavior objectives. Using Restorative Practices techniques, they work together to help the students understand how their behavior affects others, and strive to welcome them back into the classroom and school community. Only 10% of all students fall into this group.
Tier #3 services provide individualized interventions for students with more intensive needs. If a student does not respond to Tier 1 and Tier 2 interventions, he or she will be given an individualized behavior or academic plan to help them achieve their goals.