What is Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)?
PBIS is a research-based, school-wide systems approach to improve school climate and
create safer and more effective schools.
PBIS IS a process. PBIS IS NOT a program or a curriculum.
The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach expectations and support
positive behavior for all students.
PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective schoolwide,
classroom, non-classroom, and student-specific discipline plans.
PBIS is a team-based process for data review, data-based problem solving and
intervention, ongoing planning, and monitoring of interventions.
PBIS implementation includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for: ALL
students, ALL staff and in ALL settings. This includes individual classrooms and
teachers AND non-classroom settings and related staff.
Steps involved in setting up school-wide PBIS after initial training:
• Identify school team to guide and direct the process. This team should be made up
of an administrator, grade level representatives, student services staff, nonclassroom
staff and parents.
• Establish 3-5 positively stated school-wide behavioral expectations.
• Establish a way to collect office referral and other data on a regular basis to evaluate
the effectiveness of school-wide PBIS efforts.