Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

TIGERSThe goal of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is to promote and teach appropriate pro-social skills and behaviors to maximize academic success for all students.

L.E. White Middle School’s PBIS acronym is TIGERS which stands for Teamwork, Integrity, Goals, Empathy, Responsibility, and Safety.

TIGERS is an approach to enhance the environment of our school. TIGERS improves the link between practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary school-wide, classroom, and individual systems of support that provide positive results for all children and youth by making desired behavior more functional and problem behaviors less effective.


TIGERS offers three tiers of behavioral supports to students. In the first tier, behavioral expectations are established and taught to all students. In the second tier, students needing additional support are offered group level interventions. Students needing significant support for behavioral challenges are provided evidence-based interventions tailored specifically to their needs in the third tier.


In the past, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to the specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Teaching, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of our school-wide TIGERS program is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.