PBS comes from a long background of research and practical application in schools throughout the United States and several foreign countries. The program focuses on teaching these skills not only to the students, but the staff as well. The instructional strategies utilized are based on the same strategies used to teach academics. PBS does however require a fundamental change in thinking for many, as social behavior is viewed as a set of skills to be encouraged, valued, taught, and remediated ... just like math or reading! We are confident children can be in control of their behavior if they know what is expected of them.
Consistency is the key to the PBS framework. Students are introduced to the expectations the first few days of school, and while different settings or staff may have rules that vary slightly, the basic expectations remain the same in all locations at all times. Students who struggle with expectations receive remediation, while those who consistently follow them, are recognized for their positive behavior. Ultimately, the staff at Cuba Elementary work within the PBS model to create a positive school environment where students demonstrate kindness, citizenship, and are respectful, responsible and reliable.