Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports (PBIS)
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Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports (PBIS)

The Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) model is a research-based strategy that is supported by OSPI. Given that public schools have 180 days each year to advance academic progress, OSPI recognizes instructional time is very valuable and every day is critical. The 3-tiered approach reduces problem behavior as a barrier to student achievement and maximizes efficiency. PBIS is a process for creating school environments that are more predictable and effective for achieving academic and social goals.

PBIS is a tiered behavior intervention system that includes the following components:

PBIS process

A key strategy of the PBIS process is prevention. The majority of students follow the school’s expectations, but are never acknowledged for their positive behavior. Through instruction, comprehension and regular practice, all stakeholders use a consistent set of behavior expectations and rules. When some students do not respond to teaching of the behavioral rules, PBIS schools view it as an opportunity for re-teaching, not just punishment.

OSPI contact:
Dixie Grunenfelder, Program Supervisor

Northwest PBIS

Northwest PBIS is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting educators as they develop, implement and sustain safe learning environments where all students experience success.


   Updated 4/30/2013

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