Southwood Center, like many other Bloomington schools, has adopted Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, or PBIS. PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systematic approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all adults in all settings. PBIS is not a program or a curriculum. It is a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.
As part of this process, we have developed expectations and common language for all children and adults in various locations around the building, such as classrooms, motor rooms, hallways and buses, and the gym and playground. We have developed matrices that address student and adult expectations for all areas of the school and teach them to all of our students, regardless of the program they attend. Please note that there are expectations for parents as well, so when you are in the building we ask you to follow our adult guidelines. All guidelines are for the safety of our children and the smooth operation of our school.
At Southwood Center, we model and expect the core values of safety, responsibility, and respect. Please help us by encouraging and demonstrating this STAR behavior at Southwood Center and in your home.