PBIS: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

What is PBIS?

Schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally. For this to happen it is imperative that we have a safe environment that is supportive and conducive for growth. By setting forth clear social and behavioral expectations and directly teaching students about those expectations, it is our goal is to create a positive atmosphere for optimal learning.

Camden County Schools has adopted a state-wide initiative entitled Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). This framework is an evidence-based, data-driven framework that has been proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a schools sense of safety, improve school climate, and support improved academic outcomes for all students.

The PBIS System has 4 components:
- A matrix of behavioral expectations
- Lesson Plans to teach students the behavioral expectations
- An acknowledgement/reinforcement system
- Behavioral Infraction Notice


Does PBIS Look the Same at Every School?

PBIS may look different at every school but the core values, principles and mission are the same. Every school has a PBIS Coach and PBIS team that work together to create and share the behavioral expectations for the school. These teams also partner with parents, community members, teachers and staff to find innovative and exciting ways to recognize students who meet the expectations adopted by the school. Whether recognition comes in the form of tickets, cards or ClassDojo points, the goal is the same... to encourage positive behavior choices at school and at home.

Key Features of PBIS

Behavioral support is provided for ALL students school-wide. This system of support offers all students:

  • Social skills instruction
  • Positive and proactive discipline
  • Social behavior expectations
  • Active supervision and monitoring
  • Positive acknowledgement
  • Fair and corrective discipline
  • Parent training and collaboration

Source: Georgia Department of Education PBIS webpage


October PBIS Family Initiative

As a parent, you can be part of the formula for school success by using the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) strategy at home. Below are PBIS steps taken in the school to support appropriate behaviors and to provide a safe learning and environment.  You can try them at home! 

  • Develop clear expectations along with your child’s input 
  • Explain the expected behaviors at a level your child will understand
  • Acknowledge appropriate behaviors – use positive reinforcement to teach your child which actions/behaviors are expected
  • When unacceptable behaviors occur, remind the child of the expectations
  • Reteach, model and/or have your child practice the appropriate behaviors



PBIS Bus Tour

Educators across Georgia and Florida took a bus tour to several schools in Camden County to see our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program in action.The Georgia-Florida Line PBIS Bus Tour was attended by participants interested in the implementation of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) framework. School officials visited Camden County High School, Camden Middle School, David L. Rainer Elementary School, Kingsland Elementary School, Mary Lee Clark Elementary School and St Marys Elementary School. One participant said, “I am so excited to get back to my district and share what I’ve learned today. We will definitely be implement many of these ideas to support a positive climate in our schools."

PBIS -  Involvement at Home

  • Families are encouraged to support Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) through the use of common language and expectations in the home. 
  • Get to know your school’s 3-5 school-wide rules and work with your child on how to connect them to behaviors at home.
  • PBIS schools focus on teaching the behaviors they desire while at school through clear instruction, practice, and positive reinforcement. 
  • A strong partnership between the home and the school can provide families with ideas on addressing behavior in a similar way at home as well.


PBIS Coach Contact

Crooked River Elementary
Kristen Ziegler

David L. Rainer Elementary
Shannon Crenshaw

Kingsland Elementary
Sierra Jones and Emily Hoff

Matilda Harris Elementary
Melissa Arementrout

Mamie Lou Gross Elementary
Kent Salter

Mary Lee Clark Elementary
Todd Bentle

Sugarmill Elementary
Heather McMillan

St. Marys Elementary
Laura Koch

Woodbine Elementary
Tamara Fry

Camden Middle School
Inga Aviles

St. Marys Middle School
April Howell

Camden High
Dana Brown

School spotlight


PBIS MLGES

Mamie Lou Gross Elementary

PBIS in action at Mamie Lou Gross Elementary.  Maggie Hines cashed in 25 Bulldog Bucks to paint Coach Salter’s nails.  Way to go Maggie!  WE ARE PROUD TO BE MLG!!