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Expectations for Positive Behavior

Super Scholar Program


Super Scholars on Flag Day

Introduction to PBIS

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) involves a proactive, comprehensive, and systematic continuum of support designed to provide opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities and second language learners, to achieve social, behavioral, and learning success.  This is accomplished by examining the factors that impact behavior as well as the relationships between environment and behavior.

PBIS is not a program or a curriculum but rather a systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools and districts to adopt and sustain the use of evidence-based practices for all students.  A major advance in school-wide discipline is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.  Instead of using a patchwork of individual behavioral management plans, a continuum of positive behavior support for all students within a school is implemented in areas including the classroom and non classroom settings (such as hallways, restrooms).  PBIS also works to improve the overall school climate, decrease reactive management, maximize academic achievement for all students, integrate academic and behavioral initiatives, and address the specific needs of students with severe emotional and behavioral concerns (Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, 2008).  SERC (State Education Resource Center)


Here at AAES, we embrace the NPS’s Vision of the Graduate and bring it to life by embedding it within our PBIS framework.  PBIS methods are research based and have been proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of behavior problems.  One of the key elements is to focus on prevention.  It is based on the idea that when students are taught clearly defined behavior expectations and provided with predictable responses to their behavior, both positive and corrective.


Super Scholar Program

One component to implementing PBIS at Andrew Avenue School is with our Super Scholar program.  Our Super Scholar program provides a common language for all faculty to recognise students for exhibiting the Vision of the Graduate and Super Scholar behavior.  It sets school wide expectations for behavior and safety.

Each month all students earn “Super Scholar Slips” for exhibiting the Vision of the Graduate and Super Scholar behavior.  At the end of each month, students vote on their peers to choose who will be the Super Scholar of the month.  The Super Scholars of the month are then recognised at our school wide assembly.