Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
PBIS emphasizes teaching students to behave in ways that contribute to academic achievement and school success and that support a school environment where students and school staff are responsible and respectful. PBIS also emphasizes the need for school staff to promote appropriate behaviors by teaching, modeling, reinforcing and monitoring appropriate behaviors and by treating many minor misbehaviors as “teaching moments” rather than punishment opportunities.
At Whitten, our PBIS Matrix is called SOAR. This is an acronym for Safe, Obedient, Accountable, and Responsible. These four profiles coupled with Attendance, Behavior, Course Performance, and Dress Code describe the expectations of all students throughout the entire building. We celebrate students who have consistently met these expectations with monthly PBIS activities.