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Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS)

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PBIS at MCAT High School

Students at MCAT are supported by a team that believes in the balance of intervention and supports through the PBIS approach. This approach is grounded in our focus on the 3 A’s: Attendance, Academics and Attitude.

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MCAT has been proudly recognized as an ADE recognized 2023-24 model school!

Regular incentives are built into the student experience to encourage students to keep pushing to the next level of personal growth in each of these areas. MCAT is a recognized AZPBIS Level 4 school with the Arizona Department of Education for Fidelity in all 3 levels of Intervention. The AZPBIS Achievement Awards recognize schools that are supporting a positive climate through the implementation of PBIS and the purpose of the awards is to identify schools that exemplify best practices in the implementation of PBIS.

Improving student academic and behavior outcomes is about ensuring all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavioral practices and interventions possible. 

MUSD's district-wide integrated behavior system, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support, is the application of positive interventions and system changes to achieve socially important behavior changes. It is instrumental in teaching students respect, responsibility, and accountability from an early age. As part of PBIS, every school establishes clear expectations for the behavior expected in all classrooms and areas of school. Students are explicitly taught these expectations, and schools apply positive reinforcement and consistent consequences. 

PBIS is NOT a curriculum, intervention, or practice, but IS a decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and social behavior outcomes for all students.

School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is nationally recognized and implemented in over 27,000 schools across the United States.

Three major components of PBIS:

  • Teaching appropriate behavior in all settings (3-5 expectations): Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe are a few examples
  • Interventions when behavior expectations are not met
  • Recognition when behaviors are met  

PBIS Core Values:

  1. We can effectively teach appropriate behavior to all children
  2. Intervene early
  3. Use a multi-tier model of service delivery
  4. Use research-based, and scientifically validated interventions to the extent available
  5. Monitor student progress to inform interventions
  6. Use data to make decisions
  7. Use assessment to monitor fidelity of implementation 

PBIS is a framework to:

  • Identify student/school needs
  • Develop strategies for success
  • Evaluate success through data collection

PBIS Goals:

  • Develop positive school culture
  • Teach students appropriate behavior and give them the support to sustain that behavior
  • Increase academic performance
  • Increase safety
  • Decrease problem behaviors