A PBIS School

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In the past, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions.

Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step in a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding.

The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.

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PBIS award

2017 Gold Awards – High Fidelity PBIS at Tier 1/2/3 + two years of student improvement data

Desert Shadows Elementary School has been awarded a Gold PBISaz Achievement Award for demonstrating high fidelity PBIS implementation and student outcomes! DSES is one of 13 schools in the state of Arizona to receive the highest level of recognition.

PBIS was introduced to the staff and student body in August of 2015. Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) creates a more effective learning environment by making schools safe, positive and equitable for all students, which leads to measurable increases in achievement and behavior. Award criteria are based on completing research-based evaluations and demonstrating measurable student outcomes.