Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an approach to supporting students to be successful in schools. PBIS was developed from research in the fields of behavior theory and effective instruction. PBIS supports all students through multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) ranging from a school-wide system to a system for developing individualized plans for specific students. School-wide PBIS focuses on the development and implementation of 34 pro-active procedures and practices to prevent problem behavior for all students and improve school climate.
The Twinsburg City School District believes in recognizing students for their positive accomplishments, not only academically, but behaviorally, as well. Our district PBIS model is based on the following statement, which shows how our students progress from “cubs” at Wilcox Primary School to “tigers” at Twinsburg High School:
At Wilcox Primary School, our students start out as “cubs.” Once they get their footing, they move onto Samuel Bissell Elementary School, where tigers learn to “roar.” When our tigers have found their voices, our students roar into George G. Dodge Intermediate School, where they earn their “stripes.” Once the last stripe has been achieved, our tigers enter R.B. Chamberlin Middle School, where they learn how to take “pride” in their school and community. Finally, our students, who were once cubs, leave Twinsburg High School, Tiger “Strong!” Interwoven throughout each of our schools, are the ideas of respect, responsibility, caring and safety, which are consistent in each school’s PBIS program.