The goal of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) is to switch a school's focus from providing attention to negative behaviors through punishments like suspensions to giving attention to those demonstrating positive behaviors. By actively rewarding positive behaviors, research tells us that children are more likely to engage in those positive behaviors again. As children engage regularly in positive behaviors, discipline incidents decline and the need for exclusionary discipline is lessened.
In order to reward positive behaviors, children must first know what positive behaviors look like so that they can engage in those positive behaviors. Schools implementing PBIS identify Core Values and School Expectations that every child is taught. Next, schools actively teach how the Core Values and School Expectations should be relfected on campus in various locations throughout the school such as in the classroom, on the playground, at the lunch tables, in the hallways, etc.
As children engage in positive behaviors throughout the campus, staff members then reward students for the behavior. Here at Costaño, students are rewarded with Cougar Stars when they engage in a Core Value on Campus. Students have the option of keeping their Cougar Stars or submitting their Cougar Star into a weekly raffle held every Tuesday. Winners of the raffle are allowed to choose a prize from the Cougar Star basket.