A positive, consistent school-wide climate can eliminate many of the discipline problems which occur in schools. Some critical elements of a positive and safe school climate are developing school-wide rules and expectations, actively teaching all students these rules and expectations, ensuring adequate teacher supervision, recognizing when students follow the rules, and correcting and re-teaching the rules.
National PTA statement endorsing use of PBIS:
National PTA supports positive school discipline policies that keep children in school and learning over exclusionary discipline policies (suspension and expulsion) that tends to exacerbate a child’s behavior problems by pushing students out of the place (school) created to support them and keep them safe.
This process is a multi-year commitment. The steps to begin this process include the following:
- Provide an overview of the process to administrators and faculty in order to obtain 80% consensus;
- Collect discipline data including climate surveys, office referrals, and school-wide observations;
- Create a team to analyze this data, develop an action plan, present to the faculty, and lead the process.
Regional specialists will present the overview, assist with data collection, and guide the team.
Programs and supports for building a safe, positive school climate
The following links are useful resources available to help schools build positive school climate.
Association for Positive Behavior Support
- The Association for Positive Behavior Support is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of positive behavior support and holds a national conference each year.
Blueprints for Violence Prevention: Bullying Prevention Program
- This program is part of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence and includes model sites as well as program resources for schools.
Bullyproofing Your School, by Carla Garrity
- This program for the elementary and middle schools outlines a specific plan for eliminating bullying in schools. Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV)
- CSPV is a Research Center within the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Character Education Resources -
This site has plenty of resources for use in teaching character education.
Community Boards -
The Community Board Program is a nonprofit organization that helps develop school-based and community conflict resolution programs in the United States and internationally.
Creating Emotionally Safe Schools,
by Jane Bluestein - Last year's Behavior Institute keynote speaker. Jane's newest book addresses not only guns and violence and getting kids to and from school in one piece but also learning styles, social interactions, discipline, and the roles schools assume in our society and economy.
Foundations for Safe, Civil, and Productive Schools
- One of the most comprehensive, data-driven, and positive models for change in school-wide climate. Written by Randy Sprick and published by Sopris West.
Girls and Boys Town
- Provides comprehensive behavioral supports for school-wide climate, classroom management, specialized student interventions, and parenting classes.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
- This site is part of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Technical Assistance Center and includes resources at the school-wide, classroom, and individual levels.
by Howie Knopf, Univ. of Southern California - Project ACHIEVE is a research-proven school reform program that uses school-wide training and classroom-based interventions to maximize the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral progress and outcomes of all students.
Second Step Curriculum
- Second Step is a program for schools and families to use to encourage children to get along well with others.
Steps to Respect Curriculum: A Bullying Prevention Program
- Steps to Respect is a research-based, school-wide approach to foster a safe, caring, and respectful school environment.