Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
Creating safer and more effective schools
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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) enhances the ability of schools to educate all children while using research-based, schoolwide, and classroom discipline systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective schoolwide, classroom, and student-specific discipline plans. PBIS includes schoolwide procedures and processes intended for:
- All students, all staff, and in all settings.
- Non-classroom settings within the school environment.
- Individual classrooms and teachers.
- Individual student supports for the estimated 1-5 percent of students who present the most challenging behaviors.
PBIS is a team-based process that creates an environment in which school-based teams of educators are trained in:
- Systems change.
- Effective behavior management principles and practices.
- Applications of research-validated instruction and practices.
Each school develops their own overarching expectations, routines, and procedures to reflect the essential elements of PBIS within their school culture.