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What is PBIS?

PBIS Stands for Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (also called PBS), and is likely the most widely used school climate and behavior program in the world because it reduces problem behavior and increases student and teacher wellbeing, it moves a school from being punitive to more positive. Often a school will see a 60% reduction in problem behavior in just the first year!


PBIS is a framework developed by researchers from the University of Oregon and they studied what works in school and classroom discipline. Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) isn’t a ‘program’ or a kit you can just buy - its a list of best practices that lead to safe, positive schools with happy kids and teachers.  The researchers borrowed from public health and created a tiered model of interventions in schools that we refer to as a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS).

Tier 1 describes your schoolwide efforts, like establishing schoolwide expectations and teaching them to the students, creating a positive reinforcement system for the whole school, and training teachers how to respond to challenging behavior in effective, positive ways. In Tier 2 schools provide targeted interventions for students who continue to struggle, have conduct or social emotional problems, like Check In Check Out (CICO) or small group interventions.  Tier 3 describes our plan to provide even more structured, intensive supports like individualized counseling and behavior plans.

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