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Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

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What is Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)?

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is a systems approach for establishing school-wide expectations and behavioral supports needed for a school to be an effective 

learning environment for all students. 


A major component of the PBIS model is prevention. Teachers and staff members take the time to define and teach positive social expectations. 


Students are acknowledged for modeling and displaying positive behaviors. Students that struggle in the area of behavior are provided with further opportunities for re-teaching.

Why is PBIS important?

School-Wide PBIS is related to: 


1. Reduction in problem behavior 

2. Increased academic performance 

3. Increased attendance 

4. Improved perception of safety 

5. Reduction in bullying behaviors 




The most effective tool teachers have to handle problem behavior is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programs help teachers recognize the significance of classroom management and preventive school discipline to maximize student success. PBIS strategies are critical to providing all young people with the best learning environment. — NEA President Lily Eskelsen García PBIS Intervention and Prevention 


 The focus is on intervention strategies and prevention measures 

 There are expectations for all students, parents, staff and settings 

 Direct instruction of expected behaviors will occur throughout the school year 

 Research indicates that schools implementing PBIS recover thousands of hours of instructional time 

How will PBIS create a social culture?

3 school-wide expectations for all students, staff, and settings 


 Direct instruction of the expected behaviors 

 Organizing routines & transitions for students & staff (arrival, dismissal, hallway, cafeteria) 

 Regularly acknowledging expected behaviors 

 Responding to problem behavior with consistent & mild consequences that are focused on re-teaching the expectations and identifying something the student can do instead to meet their needs        

Parents and PBIS

Parents are a critical aspect of PBIS implementation within a school setting. Parents are encouraged to use and support the same expectations and rules used by the school. Simpson’s school-wide expectations are: Respectful, Responsible, Ready to Learn. 


We encourage parents to discuss the schools expectations at home. Students flourish when they have a predictable and consistent environment in which expectations are clear and supportive.