PBIS = Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

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What is Positive Behavior Intervention and Support?

School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (SW-PBIS) is a whole school three-tier approach to decreasing disruptive behaviors and increasing student success.

  • 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 nonclassroom settings (such as hallways, buses, and restrooms).
  • Attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making targeted behaviors less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional. –PBIS.org

PBIS Triangle

What are the Outcomes of PBIS?

  • Decreased classroom disruptions and office discipline referrals
  • Increased academic achievement and performance
  • Improved school climate and safety

Why is PBIS Needed?

School office referral data often shows that quite a few students are being sent to the office for preventable disruptions and disrespect in the classroom. When that happens, they are not learning and this also interferes with the learning of others. We need to help all student to be successful academically and behaviorally.

When students struggle with reading – we teach. When students struggle with math or music – we teach. When students struggle with behavior – we need to teach them how to succeed.

KOI Model of Elements of PBIS

Systems + Data + Practice = Outcomes

It’s All About Outcomes . . .

Disruptive behaviors cost you and your students time and money – see the math in the Prezi slideshow below.

How can I fund PBIS training for my school or district?

Since PBIS is a scientific and evidence-based practices as defined by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) it qualifies for many discretionary spending, entitlement dollars, and grant funding initiatives.


Click on link to federal webpages (updated 5/16/18).


  • Tobacco Settlement
  • Title I Supplemental Services Providers
  • Character/Youth Development
  • Violence/Bullying Prevention
  • School Reform
  • School Transformation
  • Substance Use Prevention
  • Parent Organizations: PTO, PTA, etc.
  • Service Organizations: Kiwanis, Rotary International, etc.
  • Charitable Organizations: United Way, etc.
  • Health and Welfare providers
  • Local businesses, banks, grocery stores, department stores, warehouse stores, etc.
  • School-district foundations, public and private foundations
  • Boys and Girls Clubs, youth clubs, etc.

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