PBIS at EWA: A General Overview

The main focus of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is to provide a clear system for all expected behaviors at Eddie J. White K-8 Academy. While many faculty and students may have assumptions of what is expected behavior, we cannot assume that everyone’s beliefs are similar. Through PBIS, we will work to create and maintain a productive, safe environment in which ALL school community members have clear expectations and understandings of their role in the educational process.

 Proactive Approach to School-Wide Discipline

Schools that implement school-wide systems of positive behavior support focus on taking a team-based system approach and teaching appropriate behavior to all students in the school. Schools that have been successful in building school-wide systems develop procedures to accomplish the following:

1. Behavioral Norms and Expectations are Defined. A small number of clearly defined behavioral expectations are defined in positive, simple rules, the Code of Conduct:

  • E – Eager to Learn
  • W- Willing to Listen
  • A- Always Ready to Learn
  • W- Wise
  • O- Organized
  • L- Learning
  • F- Focused

2. Behavioral Expectations are Taught. The behavioral expectations are taught to all students in the building, and are taught in real contexts. Teaching appropriate behavior involves much more than simply telling students what behaviors they should avoid. Specific behavioral examples are:

  • Respect means treating people the way that you would like to be treated.
  • Responsibility means following school rules.
  • Ready to learn means being on time in the appropriate place in school with required materials.


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