- In the past, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions.
- Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective.
- Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience.
- Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding.
- The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.