What is PBIS?
What is “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports?
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is a prevention framework for establishing and sustaining effective school-wide and individual behavior supports needed to enhance academic, social, and behavioral outcomes for all students.
What is the “Prevention Logic?”
The PBIS framework is based on a three-tiered prevention logic that has been promoted by the public health community (see following figure).
- Tier 1 or primary prevention practices are established in all classroom and school-wide settings to (a) teach and encourage expected behavior, (b) prevent problem behavior, and (c) most importantly, maximize academic achievement. Tier 1 practices are implemented for all students by all staff across all settings.
- Tier 2 or secondary prevention practices supplement Tier 1 to provide further behavior supports for students whose behaviors are at risk of failure and/or are unresponsive to Tier 1 practices. Tier 2 practices are implemented across small groups of students, usually across all school settings and by staff members who are responsible for teaching these students.
- Tier 3 or tertiary prevention practices are implemented for students who behaviors are high risk of failure and/or unresponsive to Tiers 1 and 2. Tier 3 practices are highly specialized and implemented at the individual student level by a team with behavior expertise.
IS PBIS RIGHT FOR OUR SCHOOL?
Most schools consider and implement PBIS because they are interested in
- Increasing academic engagement and achievement.
- Decreasing the use of reactive management
- Improving classroom and school-wide climate and culture
- Enhancing behavior support for students with chronic problem behaviors
- Increasing capacity to integrate and implement academic and social behavior practices and systems with high accuracy.
WHO ARE WE?
The network includes 10 northeast states
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
The NEPBIS network is coordinated by a steering committee and supported by a representative network advisory group (i.e., a leadership team comprising representatives from each state), which are both facilitated by Brandi Simonsen the regional network coordinator.
PBIS IN THE NEWS AND RESEARCH
REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
WHO IS MY STATE CONTACT?
Eben McKnight: firstname.lastname@example.org
Madeline Levine: MLevine@doe.mass.edu
Sharon Lohrmann: email@example.com