Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) sees Success in Sacramento Schools

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By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D

Founding Editor, bSci21.org

The Sacramento Bee recently reported on a program across area schools that produced notable decreases in student suspension and expulsion rates.  Under the new program, the harshest punishments are reserved for only the most severe cases.  In addition, preventative measures, such as Parent Lunch Day, meditation classes, peer courts, and the institution of positive reinforcement practices make the program a comprehensive, system-wide change in policy.

One of the most successful new programs is Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports.  The program has four basic rules: “Develop clear expectations for the students.  Teach and reinforce the rules consistently.  Offer rewards for good behavior.  Counsel or discipline students exhibiting bad behavior.”
Other positive behaviors have emerged as a result of the program such as students opening doors for others, increased safe behavior, and listening to teachers.  An incentive system is in place wherein students earn raffle tickets for good behavior that can be exchanged for gift certificates to Starbucks, McDonald’s, or In-N-Out Burger.
To read more about the program, and to see data going back to 2011, visit the hyperlink at the top of the page.  
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Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D is President of bSci21 Media, LLC, which owns bSci21.org and BAQuarterly.com.  Todd serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and as an editorial board member for Behavior and Social Issues.  He has worked as a behavior analyst in day centers, residential providers, homes, and schools, and served as the director of Behavior Analysis Online at the University of North Texas.  Todd’s areas of expertise include writing, entrepreneurship, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Instructional Design, Organizational Behavior Management, and ABA therapy. Todd can be reached at [email protected].

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