What is School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports or PBIS?
School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (SWPBIS) is a framework or approach comprised of intervention practices and organizational systems for establishing the social culture, learning and teaching environment, and individual behavior supports needed to achieve academic and social success for all students.
Improving student academic and behavior outcomes is about ensuring that all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavioral practices and interventions possible. SWPBIS provides an operational framework for achieving these outcomes. More importantly, SWPBIS is NOT a curriculum, intervention, or practice, but IS a decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students.
This decision-making framework is designed to enhance academic and social behavior outcomes for all students by (a) emphasizing the use of data for informing decisions about the selection, implementation, and progress monitoring of evidence-based behavioral practices; and (b) organizing resources and systems to improve durable implementation fidelity. One of the foremost advances in school-wide discipline is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, recognizing and reinforcing appropriate student behaviors to create positive school culture and climates . Instead of using a piecemeal approach of individual behavioral management plans, a continuum of positive behavioral interventions and supports for all students within a school is implemented in areas including the classroom and nonclassroom settings (such as hallways, buses, and restrooms). Positive behavior support is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs.
The overall outcome of PBIS is to ensure ALL students have access to the most effective and accurately implemenented instructional and behavioral practices and interventions possible. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining multi-tiered systems of support which include primary (school-wide), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making targeted behaviors less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional.
To read an overview about this multi-tiered system of supports please click here
To visit the National Technical Assistance Centeron PBIS, please click here
To visit the California Technical Assistance Center on PBIS, please click here
PBIS in Irvine
All schools are implementing School-wide PBIS. Each school is unique and will therefore be at different phases of the implementation process. These include Exploration, Installation, Partial Implementation and Full Implementation. For more information about PBIS at your child's school, please see the links below.
Rancho San Joaquin
Irvine Unified School District • 5050 Barranca Parkway, Irvine CA 92604 • (949)936-5000