Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)

Improving student academic and behavior outcomes is about ensuring all students have access to the most effective instructional and behavioral practices and interventions possible. PBIS provides an operational framework for achieving these outcomes. This approach can be school-wide, classroom, in a specific setting, or with an individual student. More importantly, PBIS IS NOT a curriculum, intervention, or practice, but IS a decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students. It provides a positive and effective alternative to traditional methods of discipline. (PBIS.org)

The School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (SWPBIS) process is a team-based approach that relies on a strong collaboration between families and professionals. At the school level, SWPBIS relies on accurate and reliable discipline referral data to recognize the behaviors occurring across campus. An analysis of the “Big Five” data (time, location, type of behavior, student, and average referrals monthly) allows the school team to:

  • Identify appropriate school-wide expectations and rules
  • Develop a system to teach students appropriate behavior
  • Create a predictable office discipline referral system so that students can be provided with consistent consequences for behavior violations
  • Generate a reinforcement system that will increase the likelihood that students will exhibit the expected behavior
  • Communicate findings to staff, students, and families