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.