Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a research-based, school-wide approach to establishing the social culture and behavioral supports necessary for students to achieve both social and academic success.
Creating educational environments that are safe and conducive to learning is a school-wide responsibility all must share. PBIS is an approach to teaching positive behavior to all students. MSD implements a multi-tiered system that allows for clear expectations of desired and undesired social and academic behaviors. The framework acknowledges students who demonstrate appropriate behaviors and supports students who display unwanted behaviors with built-in, research-based interventions.
At MSD, each department has their own system that focuses on core elements through a variety of strategies and age-appropriate preventive activities.
Behavioral Support Services
MSD provides services to students when their behavior interferes with the development and learning process. Each campus is staffed by Behavior Support Specialists, who along with the school psychologists, provide positive behavioral supports to students, teachers, and their parents. In addition to these services, the behavior support specialists and school psychologists offer consultation and training to MSD staff and parents on a variety of school behavior issues, including classroom behavior management, conflict resolution, and peer mediation.
For more information regarding PBIS and behavioral support services at MSD, please contact:
Joseph B. Smail, Ph.D., NCSP | School Psychologist & Director of Mental Health and Behavioral Support Services, Columbia Campus
Joshua Weinstein, Psy.S | School Psychologist, Frederick Campus