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What is Positive Behavior Support?

Our goal at Oakcrest is that teachers, parents, and staff work closely

to make a positive difference in our students lives.

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) gives people a new way to think about behavior.  PBS is based on understanding why problem behaviors occur- the behavior's function.  PBS is the application of evidence-based strategies and systems to assist schools and increase academic performance, increase safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish positive school cultures.  The PBS process results in the creation of effective intervention plans that will impede problem behaviors, teach new skills, and create support systems for the students.


On a school-wide level, PBS relies on accurate and reliable discipline referral data to understand the behaviors occurring across campus.  An analysis of the data allows a school team to identify the problem areas, brainstorm interventions such as were and what to teach, reward the students exhibiting the expected behavior, and communicate findings to the staff, students, and families.  The PBS process is a team-based approach that relies on a strong collaboration between families and professionals from a variety of disciplines regardless of the level implemented.


PBS provides a positive and effective alternative to the traditional methods of discipline.  PBS methods are research-based and proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors in the school, resulting in a more positive school climate and increased academic performance.