Teacher: How to address school bullying—and how not to

PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support, a disciplinary framework for schools to help prevent bullying that is, in my experience, heavy on jargon but light on substance, says Daniel Witz, a classroom teacher and educational consultant in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago, for the Washington Post. Known by its acronym, PBIS (pronounced “peebis”) has become popular with administrators at thousands of schools across the country desperate to prove they are dealing effectively with bullying. Kids laugh when I start an announcement that begins “Peebis activities for the week include….” Many simply don’t take it seriously…

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