Positive Behavior Supports


What is PBIS?

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework or systems approach for establishing the social culture needed for schools to achieve both social and academic success for students. It is structured as a continuum of supports and interventions with the main goal of promoting positive behaviors/interactions and preventing problem behaviors from occurring. This is done through the following: explicitly teaching students the behaviors we want to see; reminding students to demonstrate those behaviors throughout the school; acknowledging them when they demonstrate those behaviors; and correcting them when they do not.


What do I need to know?

  • Our school has identified 5 school-wide behavior expectations for students in all settings. Our Turtle POWER expectations can be found in the matrix below, as well as what they look like in each setting. Students and teachers have developed POWER expectations together for their classroom.

  • At the start of the school year we provided direct instruction for the POWER expectations and will continue provide refreshers throughout the year.

  • We have a school-wide system to recognize students who demonstrate the POWER expectations. Students can earn “Turtle Tickets” that can then be cashed in for mid-quarter rewards and end-of-quarter POWER Parties.

  • Responding to problem behavior involves reteaching the expectations and identifying something the student can do differently to be more successful.


How can I support PBIS at Mohawk Trails?

  • Review and practice the POWER expectations with your child(ren).

  • Post a copy of the POWER expectations in a visible spot at home.

  • Before they leave for school, ask/remind your child(ren) each day what the POWER expectations are.

  • After school, ask your child(ren) to give an example of how they followed the POWER expectations at school that day and verbally praise them for their efforts.