PBIS is a school wide approach to preventing and responding to school and classroom behavior. PBIS is used in Cohoes at the district's three elementary schools and the middle school, as well as at more than 3,000 schools across the country.
In the program, positive behaviors are frequently rewarded by school staff, while negative behaviors are consistently addressed with predictable consequences.
PBIS aims to reduce the number of referrals or suspensions and enables educators to be more active and consistent in addressing behavior problems that do arise.
At the participating schools, the PBIS coaches teach students the appropriate behaviors every year so they know how to act responsibly and appropriately in places such as the hallways, bathrooms, cafeterias and during assemblies.
The outcome is positive behavior and a school environment that is conducive to learning.