Central Massachusetts Communites of Care

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

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Schools that effectively implement PBIS demonstrate:

  • Up to 50% reduction in office referral rates per year (and corresponding reduction in suspension and expulsion rates).
  • Improved attendance rates.
  • Improved academic achievement.
  • Improved school safety and atmosphere.

What is PBIS?

The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports initiative has been developed as an alternative to traditional "disciplinary" approaches in public schools. It is a school wide systems change process that addresses both behavioral and personnel dynamics to achieve better academic outcomes for students.  The traditional approaches highlight various levels of "punishment" to shape behavior.  PBIS features positive ways to reinforce and teach appropriate behavior.

(for more information see www.pbis.org)


Video published with acknowledgment and gratitude to the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports  sponsored by the US Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs.