Positive Behavioral interventions and supports
PBIS is founded on the idea that students learn prosocial behavior in the same way they learn how to read—through instruction, practice, feedback, and encouragement. By setting clear expectations for behavior, celebrating the accomplishments and prosocial choices of children and staff, and analyzing data to making ongoing adjustments to our school’s practices, we engage in continuous improvement of our school culture and our students’ experiences. With professional development and coaching from the San Mateo County Office of Education’s PBIS Cadre, the Sandpiper PBIS Leadership Team aims to foster trust, strengthen relationships with partners, and maximize time for purposeful learning. You can read more about PBIS and family partnerships here.
1. Core values: “At Sandpiper School we are Safe, Tolerant, Accountable and Respectful.”
2. Behavior expectations: The way we want students and adults to act is stated in a positive way and broken down into different locations around campus.
3. Active, ongoing teaching of behavior expectations: We teach our expectations in the locations where they apply. Students learn not just what to do, but why. This occurs at the start of the school year across campus, in different locations with different staff members, as well as throughout the year using Second Step, our social-emotional learning curriculum.
4. Recognize and encourage desired behaviors: Research suggests that kids need to observe five genuinely positive interactions for every one negative interaction in order to trust the school environment and feel supported by the adults there. We use STAR Cards, high praise rates, classroom-based reinforcements, and other celebrations to encourage students for being safe, responsible, and respectful. More information and ways to encourage young learners can be found here.
5. Respond to unwanted behavior: PBIS minimizes but does not eliminate unwanted behavior. When we respond to unwanted behavior, we are committed to honoring the dignity of each child, to keeping students safe, and to maximizing learning time.
Main tenets of PBIS
- Trust and communication across families, staff, and students.
- Staff teach and model how to treat others with respect.
- Staff use systems for frequent praise and encouragement, including STAR Cards.
- Students know the school routines and expectations for behavior so they are empowered community members.
- Staff plan engaging, relevant learning experiences for students.
- Students experience voice and choice as they learn.