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.

How Can I Promote PBIS with My Child at Home?

Ask your child to tell you about their school's behavior expectations.

Ask for an example of each way they can demonstrate each expectation in school.

Discuss with your child ways they can demonstrate these expectations at home or in the community.

Praise your child for making positive choices at home and at school.
Georgia PBIS Information

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

PBIS Coach Contact

Crooked River Elementary
Ashley Cribbs

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
Elisabeth Moody and Laura Koch

Woodbine Elementary
Tamara Fry

Camden Middle School
Inga Aviles

St. Marys Middle School
Rodney Thomas and April Howell

Camden High
Dana Brown