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Louisiana Positive Behavior Support Initiative: School-Wide Positive Behavior Support

Positive Behavior Support is a collaborative, assessment-based approach to developing effective interventions for problem behavior.  It emphasizes the use of proactive, educative, and reinforcement-based strategies to achieve meaningful and durable behavior and lifestyle outcomes.  PBS aims to build effective environments in which positive behavior is more effective than problem behavior.

When PBS strategies are implemented school-wide, students with and without disabilities benefit by having an environment that is conducive to learning.  All individuals (students, staff, teachers, parents) learn more about their own behavior, learn to work together, and support each other as a community of learners.

Abney Elementary will implement the PBS program school-wide. On-going training and monthly, team meetings will provide support and guidance for all members of the Abney learning community.


FISH Philosophy:

The FISH! Philosophy is a very effective simple set of phrases that help to create a positive school environment. It’s a way for our students to build stronger more meaningful relationships in school and our community. The FISH Philosophy consists of four simple phrases: Choose Your Attitude, Make Their Day, Be There and Play. Using these phrases the students, teachers and staff are all able to speak the same language.

FISH Market:

This school year Abney Elementary is fully implementing the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) method of discipline.  Our students will be earning “FISH Slips” from the faculty, staff and administrators for making great choices using the FISH Philosophy.  The students will be able to spend their “FISH Slips” twice a month at the FISH Market.  At the FISH Market students will be able to purchase small prizes.   



CHAMPs is a proactive and positive approach to classroom management.  Champs will compliment the school’s current Positive Behavior Support program currently in place at the school.  The goal of the CHAMPs program is to develop and foster in each classroom an environment where students are responsible, motivated, and highly engaged in meaningful tasks.  The faculty has been spending the last few weeks attending various workshops to assist them in implementing the CHAMPs program in their classrooms.  The Champs program is also school-wide with students' expectations being the same anywhere on the Abney Campus. 


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