Traditional school discipline typically focuses on the student as the problem and relies on punishment to change behavior. The positive behavioral interventions and supports framework, known as PBIS, brings a new approach to behavior management, focusing instead on prevention.
PBIS involves clarifying, teaching, and acknowledging expected behavior and finding more effective ways to respond to problem behavior. This includes the use of restorative practices, a continuum of practices that aim to honor student voice, build community, and repair harm, restoring relationships after conflict has occurred.
PBIS Indiana helps the state’s educators implement the PBIS framework and restorative practices in their schools, creating a statewide network of schools using this transformational approach to behavior management.