Positive Behaviour For Learning
The Equity Awareness Project must begin with the clear establishment of Tier 1 Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) (PBIS in USA). "Tier 1 systems, data, and practices impact everyone across all settings. They establish the foundation for delivering regular, proactive support and preventing unwanted behaviors. Tier 1 emphasises prosocial skills and expectations by teaching and acknowledging appropriate student behavior. Teams, data, consistent policies, professional development, and evaluation are essential components for these practices to work effectively.
The core principles guiding Tier 1 PBIS include the understanding that we can and should:The core principles guiding Tier 1 PBIS include the understanding that we can and should:
Establish 3-5 agreed goals in consultation with the community, parents, staff and children
Effectively teach all students behaviour
Intervene early before unwanted behaviours escalate
Use researched-based, scientifically validated interventions whenever possible
Monitor student progress
Use behaviour data to make decisions
A school’s Tier 1 team determines how to acknowledge students positively for doing appropriate behaviors. Schools adopt a token system in addition to offering specific praise when students do what’s expected. No matter the system, it should be:
Linked to school wide expectations
Used in and out of the classroom
Used buy 90% of all school staff
Available to all students in the school."
Continuation in Tier 2 and 3 within the project is necessary to support the equity knowledge development. Although evidence suggests Tier 3 is a myth and only being established in New Zealand (Fox, 2018)