Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all students, especially those with challenging social behaviors, by establishing:
- Clearly defined outcomes that relate to academic and social behavior
- Systems that support staff efforts
- Practices that support student success, and
- Data use to guide decision making.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is a broad range of systemic and individualized strategies to achieve important social and learning outcomes, while reducing and eliminating problem behavior. PBIS integrates:
- Valued outcomes
- Science of human behavior
- Evidence Based Practices, and
- Systems change.
- Is a proactive systems approach to school-wide discipline, designed to respond to current social and educational challenges.
- Is based on three levels of prevention: (a) Primary, (b) Secondary and c) Tertiary.
- Is not a curriculum, discipline package or product, but a process for individualized and sustained decision making, planning and problem solving.
- Has an instructional focus where emphasis is place on teaching behavioral expectations directly; teaching social behaviors such as academic skills; maximizing academic engagement and success; and considering the influence of instructional support.
- Is based on empirically sound practices and applications in schools.
- Uses data to guide interventions and management decisions.
- Increases the contextual fit between the context of problems and what is know to work.
- Establishes a continuum of behavior support.