One of the foremost advances in school-wide discipline is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. Instead of using a piecemeal approach of individual behavioral management plans, a continuum of positive behavior support for all students within a school is implemented in areas including the classroom and non-classroom settings. Positive Behavior Support (PBIS) is an application of 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. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining systems of support that improve lifestyle results for all children and youth by making targeted behaviors less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional.

What is School-Wide PBIS?

  • It is NOT a curriculum, intervention, or practice
  • It IS a decision-making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based practices for improving academic achievement, social competence, and safety outcomes for all students.

Why is PBIS Important?

  • Supporting social behavior is central to achieving academic gains.
  • School-wide PBIS is an evidence-based practice for building a positive social culture that will promote both social and academic success.
  • Implementation of any evidence-based practice requires a more coordinated focus than typically expected.

PBIS Fidelity Components:

  • Step 1: Establish Team Membership
  • Step 2: Develop a Brief Statement of Purpose
  • Step 3: Identify Positive School Wide Behavioral Expectations
  • Step 4: Develop Procedures for Teaching Expectations
  • Step 5: Develop Procedures for Teaching Classroom Wide Behavioral Expectations
  • Step 6: Develop Continuum of Procedures for Encouraging and Strengthening Student Use of School Wide Behavioral Expectations
  • Step 7: Develop Continuum of Procedures for Discouraging Student Behavioral Violations of School Wide Behavioral Expectations