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Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS)

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a decision-making framework that guides selection, integration and implementation of the evidence-based behavioral practices. PBIS is a collaboration between district staff, school staff, and even community partners to design an evidence-based, three-tiered framework to integrate data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. PBIS creates schools where ALL students succeed.

PBIS emphasizes five inter-related elements: equity, systems, data, practices, and outcomes. Equity is at the center of all we do. Systems, data, and practices support our outcomes. Surrounding all is support for Staff behavior, student behavior, decision making, and social competence / academic achievement.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Capacity Building with Districts and Sites

This training builds local capacity within districts to provide continuing coaching support for district or site leadership to support district/school implementation efforts. PBIS teams will have ongoing access to the three-tiered framework.

Tier 1

Tier 1 practices and systems establish a foundation or regular, proactive support while preventing unwanted behaviors. Schools provide these universal supports for all students, school-wide.

School-wide rules defining behavioral expectations across settings

Lesson plans for teaching expectations

Acknowledgment and correction systems

Data-based decision making

Tier 2

Tier 2 practices and systems support students who may need extra behavioral support to learn needed skills to access core programs at the school.

Data-based decision making problem solving, and progress monitoring

Student identification and participation criteria

Development of daily behavior cards

Processes for Implementing across settings, throughout the school day

Tier 3

At Tier 3, students receive more intensive, individualized support to improve their behavioral and academic outcomes.

Re-design and improvement of learning and teaching environments

Develop and implement a function­-based approach to addressing behavior and how behavior supports are used in successful PBIS implementation

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School-Wide Information Systems (SWIS) - MCOE provides technical assistance and facilitated training for SWIS: Data collection and reporting system for making decisions in real time for the best student outcomes. For more information:

  • SWIS - Major/Minor Office Discipline Referral (ODR) data

  • CICO- SWIS - Check-in, Check-out point card data to monitor progress 

  • i-SWIS - Individualized student support plans for students needing Tier 3 behavioral support.

PBIS Assessment
Free for sites: Tiered Fidelity Inventory, Staff Self-Assessment Survey, School-Climate Surveys.

Center on PBIS
National Technical Assistance Center with vetted and free resources.

California State PBIS Coalition (CPC)
California state network of PBIS resources including annual PBIS State Conference, PBIS Recognition, and resources.

ISF Inventory Version 3
The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) is a structure and process to integrate Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and School Mental Health within school systems. The goal is to blend resources, training, systems, data, and practices in order to improve outcomes for all children and youth. There is an emphasis on prevention, early identification, and intervention of the social, emotional, and behavior needs of students. Family and community partner involvement is critical to this framework.

Restorative Justice Partners (RJP)

Partners 4 Peace

Resources for MTSS