There are many reasons to love your PBIS initiative, especially when it comes to how it impacts your school’s climate. PBIS can set your school on a path to increased instructional time, decreased discipline referrals, improved academics, and more. But using PBIS to create positive school culture isn’t all hearts and flowers. It’s staff and students working together to focus on positive behaviors, develop effective teacher-student relationships, and create a positive school environment.
You can supercharge your PBIS initiative with PBIS Rewards! The PBIS Rewards suite of apps allows everyone to be all-in on your initiative, including admins, support staff, students, and families. There are plenty of reasons to love PBIS Rewards!
14 Reasons You’ll Love PBIS Rewards
1. Recognize students anywhere, anytime
One of the hallmarks of an effective PBIS initiative is the consistent recognition of positive behaviors as they are observed. That’s not without its challenges, however, since positive behaviors sometimes happen outside of the classroom environment. PBIS Rewards enables any staff member to recognize any student anywhere – in the classroom, on the playground, during a field trip – quickly and easily.
2. It’s completely digital
Physical tokens can be fun, particularly if they’re colorful or silly. Plastic coins, stickers, and paper tickets are all exciting for students, but they can be a huge burden on your initiative. Tokens can get lost, damaged, or forgotten, and students don’t get the full benefit of what they’ve earned. Plus, there is a fair amount of labor involved in maintaining a stock of tokens. Using physical tokens can also limit participation in your initiative. PBIS Rewards removes these barriers by making your token economy completely digital, so you won’t need to stock, store, or track tokens and points ever again.
3. There’s a full suite of apps
Management of a PBIS initiative often falls to a handful of individuals within a school. PBIS Rewards allows the entire school community to be involved. Our suite of apps makes your initiative accessible to every member of your staff and allows even your support staff to recognize students. There is also an app specifically for student use and one to help connect families to the goals of PBIS in your school community.
For students in Tier II who need a little additional help meeting expectations, a check-in/check-out (CICO) program can be beneficial. PBIS Rewards includes CICO at no additional cost, allowing coaches and teachers to track CICO student goals digitally throughout the day.
5. Advanced Referral System
Discipline referrals are something of a barometer of school climate. Schools that implement a PBIS initiative typically see a reduction in these referrals as the initiative gains traction. PBIS Rewards enables schools to make their referral process digital with our Advanced Referral System (ARS). ARS is a fee-based option that can streamline both minor and major referrals, create a trackable process, and provide actionable feedback to teachers.
6. Tons of customizable reports
A PBIS initiative generates a lot of data, but knowing which data sets are relevant to your goals is critical. Assessing your initiative is an important step in the development of positive school climate. Because PBIS Rewards comes equipped with a variety of customizable reports, this assessment can be simple and meaningful.
7. SEL/Status Check
Student mental health is a crucial element in school climate. The development of so-called “soft skills” such as self-awareness, relationship skills, self-management, social awareness, and responsible decision-making enables students to grow socially and emotionally. PBIS Rewards includes an optional feature that allows educators to check in with students to gauge social and emotional states schoolwide.
8. Integrated PBIS Store
For students, shopping your PBIS store is one of the highlights of your initiative. Operating the PBIS store, on the other hand, can be less than exciting, particularly if you need to track inventory. Fortunately, PBIS Rewards allows you to catalog your inventory, tracks purchases, and notifies you of low stock. You can have a mix of tangible and intangible incentives, make certain items available to specific grade levels, and discount items to clear inventory. Plus, the store feature is so simple to operate that you can entrust parent volunteers or students to act as cashiers.
9. Financial Literacy
It might surprise you to learn that more than a third of Americans are financially illiterate. Money management, including budgeting, saving, and investing, is a crucial skill best learned before adulthood. Some states require a personal finance course in high school. However, any school at any level can use PBIS Rewards to teach some of the concepts of financial literacy.
10. More time to teach
A significant amount of a teacher’s time is often consumed by classroom management procedures. A manual token economy uses precious minutes in the classroom, particularly when a teacher must acknowledge students with paper tickets. PBIS Rewards helps to streamline classroom management by enabling a teacher to recognize students quickly. This can help you to build more instructional time into each class period.
11. Easily communicate with families
Many times, the positive impacts of a PBIS initiative stop at the edge of campus. Extending PBIS beyond that boundary relies on connecting with parents and guardians. Families expect contact from the school in cases of negative behavior from their student. What they don’t expect, however, is to become a part of your PBIS initiative. You can connect with families through the PBIS Rewards Family App, designed specifically for parents and guardians. The app gives them a closer look at their student’s behavioral progress and encourages two-way communication between school and home.
12. Teacher Rewards
School might be a place of learning for your students, but for staff, it’s their workplace. PBIS Rewards includes an optional feature called Workplace Rewards for Teachers. Much like your PBIS initiative, you can set up a store filled with incentives that teachers will love and use. Recognize them for meeting goals and say “thank you” for their hard work by awarding points. Encourage everyone on staff to recommend points for their coworkers, as well. Create a positive work culture and let your team know just how much you appreciate them.
13. District Portal
If you’re a district-level administrator, you want to know how PBIS is impacting the schools in your district. PBIS Rewards includes a district portal option for district-level admins to view PBIS initiatives district-wide. Admins with this level of access can view data for both individual and multiple schools. Identifying information for staff and students is protected for privacy and security while still providing multiple data points for assessment.
14. We’re part of Navigate360
At the end of 2022, PBIS Rewards became a part of Navigate360, the premier provider of holistic school safety and student wellness solutions. By addressing the physical, social, and emotional needs of school communities, we are creating the future of whole-child student safety, wellness, and success. A PBIS initiative helps students to build positive behaviors and habits, which impact mental health and wellness, character education, and much more. As part of Navigate360, PBIS Rewards can help you to view school culture and climate through a comprehensive lens.
PBIS Rewards Loves Schools
When it comes to streamlining your PBIS initiative, you’ll find that there’s plenty to love about PBIS Rewards. That’s because we love partnering with schools in the management of their PBIS initiatives! Our software can make it virtually effortless to accurately recognize students for positive behaviors and track student point balances. The system records multiple data points which can be used to generate a wealth of reports, enabling you to assess the effectiveness of your initiative.