Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

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What is PBIS?

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a research-based approach to improving student behavior and creating a safe, positive school environment that enhances student learning. PBIS is a process that designs a behavior support plan based on a school's individual needs and behavioral data. PBIS initially focuses on school-wide (primary) behavioral data. Once the school-wide system is in place, the focus shifts to create systems of support for the individual classrooms (secondary) and for individuals (tertiary) who require more intensive interventions. PBIS is about implementing proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors in order to create and sustain a positive school environment. PBIS is about creating educational learning environments that are safe, conducive to learning, and most of all POSITIVE!

PBIS and RtI

PBIS fits well into MPS' Response to Intervention (RtI) Model as a Tier I universal approach. Like RtI, PBIS is a collaborative, data-driven problem-solving model with a range of interventions that are applied based on the level of support needed. The program consists of specific school-wide expectations that are developed at each school, taught to the students, and reinforced in every setting. Progress monitoring by school-based PBIS teams will allow for the application of interventions through the RtI model. 

PBIS in Montgomery Public Schools...

In 2008, Montgomery Public Schools implemented an initiative that was designed to encourage positive behavior among students. This initiative is known as the School-wide Positive Behavioral Support Initiative and was funded as part of the Safe Schools and Healthy Students Initiative. Since the initiative began, 52 schools have been trained on the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

For additional information about PBIS, visit http://www.pbis.org/. For information about PBIS and Montgomery Public Schools, contact the Student Social Services Department by calling 334-223-6851.