Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a PROCESS for creating school environments that are more predictable and effective for achieving academic and social goals. PBIS is ““…a framework or approach comprised of intervention practices and organizational systems for establishing the social culture, learning and teaching environment, and individual behavior supports needed to achieve academic and social success for all students.”

A school-wide PBIS is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach, to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs. It focuses on:

  •  Prevention
  • Instruction
  • Use of data to make decisions and develop appropriate curriculum
  • Collaboration
Benefits of PBIS include:
  • teaching students school expectations and reward for following those expectations to DO better in school
  • reducing  problematic behaviors and  office discipline referrals
  • improving academic gains and social  behavior
  • supporting  teachers’  well-being and sense of competence
  • allowing  teachers to spend less time disciplining and more time teaching
  • engaging students with  more opportunities to  learn
  • encouraging  a  positive, supportive school   culture
  • teachers collaborating with colleagues to implement effective practices
  • increasing  positive   interactions between teachers and students      (which decreases teacher stressors and increases sense of  efficacy)
The multi-tiered nature of PBIS provides with needed supports at three levels:
     1. Tier I focuses on providing universal supports and interventions for all students.
         Roughly 80% of students may respond satisfactorily to these strategies.
     2. Tier II focuses on providing additional support to  students who have not
          responded satisfactorily  to   universal supports and  intervention. These
          are small  group involvements. Approximately 10-15% of the students in each
          school may need  a combination of Tier I and Tier II supports.
     3. Tier  III focuses on more intense and individualized assistance to students who
          continue present  with challenges despite the implementation  of Tier  I and Tier II
          supports. These students’ needs are addressed through providing them with Tier I,
          Tier II, and  Tier III  supports and interventions. Approximately 5-10%  of students
          may require this level of  support.
Contact Exceptional Student Services at (225) 929-8600.
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