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A Focus on Positive Behavior

We believe in the 3 R’s: Respect, Responsibility, and Ready to Succeed. The PBIS Team is here to show students what it looks like to be respectful, responsible, and ready to succeed, and to help develop and carry-out the teaching of all Davies expectations.

We first implemented PBIS at Davies in 2011 to foster a positive school climate by setting clear expectations for our students and faculty. To create this positive environment, we set expectations with a positive tone and reward students who display the 3 R’s.

What happens when we build a positive school climate?

Studies show a link between a positive school climate and the following student outcomes:

  • Higher student academic motivation and engagement (Eccles et al., 1993)
  • Improvements in academic achievement across all grades (Brand et al., 2003; Stewart, 2008)
  • Less discipline problems (Cohen & Geier, 2010)
  • Fewer school suspensions (Lee et al., 2011)
  • Lower levels of bullying (Meyer-Adams & Connor, 2008; Bradshaw et al., 2009)

What changes have we seen at Davies?

PBIS Infographic Since implementing PBIS, we have measured the following improvements* in school climate:

  • Advances in Mathematics, Reading, Writing, and Science as measured by NECAP
  • A 15% decrease in reported instances of bullying
  • A 64% decrease in instances of harassment
  • A 54% decrease in behavior issues involving profanity and inappropriate language
  • A nearly 50% decline in students skipping class
  • An increase in students who feel school spirit
  • Increase in graduation rates and decrease in dropouts†

* Data through school year 2015.
† Data through school year 2014.