Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a guide for creating safer and more effective schools by building a better environment through positive disciplinary practices.

PBIS Three-Tiered Framework


Rather than a prescribed program or curriculum, PBIS is a team-based process for problem solving, planning, and evaluation that includes the following essential elements:

  • Three to five positively stated schoolwide behavior expectations.
  • Procedures for systematically teaching, modeling, and reteaching those expectations to students and staff.
  • Procedures for recognizing students when they demonstrate established expectations.
  • Procedures for intervening when students do not demonstrate appropriate behavior.

Each school customizes the practices and procedures for their school based upon the collection and analysis of school-specific data.School-based teams are trained to use their school discipline data to design, implement, and evaluate effective schoolwide, classroom, non-classroom, and individual student discipline procedures. Because of the collaborative, team-based, data-driven, decision-making structure of PBIS, and the collaborative problem-solving process.  

PBIS Elements

A visitor to any school implementing PBIS should notice posters of positive behavior expectations throughout the building, positive communication between staff members and students, and students being recognized for exhibiting behavior expectations. 

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