PBIS at a Glance

    • Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) is a way for schools to encourage good behavior.
    • With PBIS, schools teach kids about behavior, just as they would teach about other subjects like reading or math.
    • The focus of PBIS is prevention, not punishment.

What is PBIS?

  • PBIS is an approach schools can use to improve school safety and promote positive behavior. It also helps schools decide how to respond to a child who misbehaves.

    At its heart, PBIS calls on schools to teach kids about behavior, just as they would teach about any other subject—like reading or math. PBIS recognizes that kids can only meet behavior expectations if they know what the expectations are.

    Keep in mind that PBIS is not a treatment or therapy. It’s a framework for teachers, administrators and parents to follow. It’s also important to know that when a school uses PBIS, it uses it for all students.