CHARACTER EDUCATION AND PBIS

NORTH SALISBURY IS A                                            NATIONAL SCHOOL OF CHARACTER!
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Character Education at NSS:
Helping students learn to be good citizens is a guiding focus at NSS.  For this reason, the school will continually emphasize citizenship, service, and honoring our military, families, and community.  The guiding citizenship principals for NSS P.R.I.D.E. are being polite, responsible, improving, disciplined, and encouraging.  The 6 Pillars of Character that underpin our efforts are:  respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, caring, fairness, and citizenship.  Staff emphasize these Pillars whenever a "teachable moment" presents itself to further students' character development.

What is PBIS?

PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. PBIS is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school wide, and classroom discipline systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific discipline plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for:

ALL students, ALL staff and in ALL settings
Non-classroom settings within the school environment
Individual classrooms and teachers, and Individual student supports for the estimated 3-7% of students who present the most challenging behaviors.

PBIS is NOT a program or a curriculum. It IS a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating an environment within which school-based teams of educators are trained:

Systems change
Effective behavior management principles and practices. 
Applications of research-validated instruction and management practices.
Visit http://www.pbismaryland.org/ for more information.