Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports


Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a research and evidence-based implementation framework that emphasizes the use of prevention and intervention strategies to create and sustain a safe school environment. This system highlights the need to define, teach, model, and acknowledge appropriate behaviors as well as to correct inappropriate behaviors through creating customized school systems that utilize data-based problem solving to support student behavior and academic success.  It acknowledges effective school discipline as being two-fold: (1) prevention of negative behaviors to promote positive student community contributions and (2) corrective through meaningful instruction and guidance that provides students an opportunity to learn from their errors in behavior. Effective implementation manifests an environment that makes targeted (negative) behaviors less effective, efficient, and relevant, as it makes desired (positive) behavior more functional.  


Ultimately, the goal of PBIS is to increase student academic performance, decrease problem behavior, increase safety, and establish positive school climates through research-based strategies and systems. This team-based approach to data analysis allows the PBIS team to identify problem areas, brainstorm interventions, acknowledge students exhibiting positive behavior, and communicate the findings to staff, students, and parents. It purposes to change the paradigm of focus from negative to positive student behaviors by increasing the capacity of schools as they educate all students. PBIS is a proven strategy which improves school culture, climate, academics, and behavior.