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:
Science of human behavior
Evidence Based Practices, and
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.