Keystone AEA PBIS

Year 1 Day 2 Review

Defining Expectations

By now, your PBIS team should have developed your Expectations by Setting Matrix with your list of 3-5 positively stated expectations that support your school’s mission/purpose. These expectations should be positively stated, memorable and general enough to apply to all settings. Your matrix should include:

  1. 3-5 positively stated expectations;
  2. A list of all school settings or classroom contexts in which rules are expected;
  3. At least two positively stated, observable behaviors for each expectation in all settings (e.g., Walk with hands and feet to self, return lunch tray to kitchen).
PBIS - Teach Expectations Introduction

Teaching Expectations

The second key component of PBIS is the teaching of behavioral expectations. Students are taught how to behave appropriately in various school settings by the school staff. The teaching of behavioral expectations and rules involves the same strategies as the teaching of academics. Specific lesson plans are developed and implemented throughout the school year. The procedure for teaching behavioral expectations is very similar to teaching an academic lesson. Steps for teaching expectations include:
  • Define the Expectation
  • Provide a Rationale
  • Teach the Critical Discrimination
  • Demonstrate Appropriate Behavior
  • Demonstrate Unacceptable Behavior
  • Practice telling the difference with multiple examples
  • Have everyone practice the appropriate behavior
  • Acknowledge students for demonstrating appropriate behavior

Acknowledgement System

The third component of PBIS is building your acknowledgement system. Students learn expected behavior in the same way that a student learns academic skills - through instruction, practice, feedback and encouragement. Recognizing students for following rules, directives, directions, participating, etc, is one of the most effective tools for correcting unexpected behaviors. Your acknowledgement system should encourage staff to positively acknowledge students frequently and randomly (ratio of 5:1). Anknowledgement systems:
  • Reinforce the teaching of new behaviors
  • Encourage the behaviors that we want to occur again
  • Adults recognize positive behavior: creates positive interactions/rapport with students
  • Improves school climate
  • Increases academic excellence
  • Helps teachers earn time back to teach by keeping students in the classroom
PBIS - Reinforce Expectations Introduction

Before the Next Training

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Upcoming Training Dates

March 8, 2016 - Year 1 Day 3
April 29, 2016 - Year 1 Day 4
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Solving the Discipline Puzzle: Steps for Growing Respectful and Responsible Kids

Keystone AEA Parent & Educator Connection is proud to offer a free Parent Workshop presented by Patricia Wells, Director of Creating Student Success on March 10th from 6:00-8:00 in Keystone AEA in Elkader. The workshop will help parents find simple methods that help their kids be respectful and responsible while ensuring strong positive relationships with them and keep peace at home. Parents are encouraged to attend the workshop in person. However, teleconference participation will be available using Zoom (telephone or computer). A teleconference site will also be available at Keystone AEA in Dubuque. Parents who select participation by Zoom via computer or telephone will receive further details through email. Please go to by February 26th to register for the workshop.