Common Misconceptions:

  • Misconception #1- PBIS is all about giving students rewards.

    • PBIS advocates teaching students behavioral expectations, practicing those behaviors, and recognizing when students meet the expectation. This does not mean students need a reward every time they make a good choice. Acknowledgment alone is a powerful motivating tool both inside and outside the classroom. Even adults are empowered to improve their performance at work when their boss notices their moments of success.

  • Misconception #2 - PBIS is all about removing students’ consequences.

    • PBIS teams consistently analyze discipline data and create practical action plans to address current behavioral patterns, with the outcome goal of lowering incident numbers. The goal is not to remove consequences, but instead to ask what will get us better results? When we set clear schoolwide expectations, teach how to meet those expectations, and provide time for practice with feedback, our approach becomes proactive, instead of reactive.

  • Misconception #3 - PBIS is just another “program.”

    • PBIS brings together best practices that schools should already be doing into a cohesive, logical framework. The idea is to work smarter not harder by creating a system allowing all our research-proven practices to fit together within one framework that is flexible enough to meet the unique needs of your school. The framework includes clear expectations, data driven decisions, ongoing behavior instruction with practice and feedback, student recognition, and focused improvement plans revisited monthly.