The work of addressing conscious and unconscious bias begins with taking time to deeply explore my own identity and then make space to truly listen to others who do not share my identities. This is never to mean disregarding my own knowledge, skills, and dispositions that grew out of my identity-shaped experiences. It is the critical practice of understanding that people can experience the exact same situation differently based on an array of ways in which an individual can identify.
PBIS doesn’t need to disappear into the murky waters. In fact, not only can it transition, I argue that because of the benefit of offering a predictable and acknowledgement-rich environment, we can almost not afford to let it sink. I have come to realize that we have an ethical obligation to preserve any effort that calls upon our core values, because our core values anchor and shape the human experience. We need that. We need a more human experience, maybe now more than ever.