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Highlands Elementary School supports a school-wide program based on the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework. School-wide PBIS is a research-based framework that has been proven to improve school climate, reduce challenging behavior, and increase academic instructional time in schools (for additional information go to Two primary areas of emphasis in PBIS are positive interventions and consistent instruction of our district adopted social emotional curriculum called Second Step. PBIS is based on the idea that when students are taught clearly defined behavioral expectations and provided with predictable and consistent responses to their behavior, both positive and corrective, all students are more likely to meet those expectations.