Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a PROCESS for creating school environments that are more predictable and effective for achieving academic and social goals. PBIS is ““…a framework or approach comprised of intervention practices and organizational systems for establishing the social culture, learning and teaching environment, and individual behavior supports needed to achieve academic and social success for all students.”

A school-wide PBIS is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach, to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs. It focuses on:

  •  Prevention
  • Instruction
  • Use of data to make decisions and develop appropriate curriculum
  • Collaboration
Benefits of PBIS include:
  • teaching students school expectations and reward for following those expectations to DO better in school
  • reducing  problematic behaviors and  office discipline referrals
  • improving academic gains and social  behavior
  • supporting  teachers’  well-being and sense of competence
  • allowing  teachers to spend less time disciplining and more time teaching
  • engaging students with  more opportunities to  learn
  • encouraging  a  positive, supportive school   culture
  • teachers collaborating with colleagues to implement effective practices
  • increasing  positive   interactions between teachers and students      (which decreases teacher stressors and increases sense of  efficacy)