Preventing and addressing bullying: using strategies that work
Many educators find the most effective way to prevent disruptive behavior such as bullying is to address issues before they happen. The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) model is a proven prevention strategy that also provides assistance as educators address bullying during and after each incident.
PBIS provides a proactive, consistent schoolwide approach to teaching appropriate behavior to children and creating positive learning environments. Schools that use the PBIS framework see reductions in disciplinary actions and increases in academic achievement. Although educators must commit time to making PBIS work, they ultimately gain more time for teaching and students have more time for learning.
For a brief overview, please read the PBIS fact sheet. Also, the Ohio Department of Education State Support Teams (SSTs) have PBIS consultants who can help districts in their regions get started using this approach. The SST offers classroom resources, training, technical assistance, information on conferences and networking opportunities. In addition, see the article in this EdConnection about two upcoming Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports events coming soon.