Non-Cognitive Skills Equals PBIS

Posted on 12 Mar 2013 in School Behavior | Comments Off on Non-Cognitive Skills Equals PBIS

Non-What . . .?

There is a relatively new term being thrown around in education: Non-Cognitive Skills. These are the non-academic skills necessary for academic success and typically include:

  1. academic behaviors
  2. academic perseverance
  3. academic mindsets 
  4. learning strategies
  5. social skills

These social behaviors have recently been recognized as just a important for student success as memorizing answers for a standardized test. Go figure! Most of us already realize that it’s these social skills which make the difference between a geek and a leader and the difference between a successful student and a drop out. 

What’s PBIS Got to Do with It?

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework for setting up a multi-tiered system of support to help all students in school succeed. Some students will only need the primary or universal level of social support provided to all students. Other kids may need this first level of support as well as additional targeted and individual supports. Bottom line is that PBIS creates a more effective learning environment for all by helping all studetns succeed. 

How Does PBIS Do This?

PBIS creates, teaches and acknolwedges students for demonstrating school-wide expectations such as Respect, Responsibility, and Leadership. These expectations are defined as skills (such as Be on-time, Complete homework, Keep hands and feet to yourself), and taught to all students. These non-congnitive skills help students to succeed academically because they are explicit, consistent in all classroom, and regularly retaught and reinforced by all staff. 

Compass Learning published a great article about Non-Cognitive skills a few months ago and their suggestions all point to establishing a constitent and proactive learning envionment – exactly what PBIS delivers.

Have you heard the term Non-Congnitive Skills before? Comment below and share your thought.