Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

Read Bio  
A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

RTI Behavior Resources

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a framework that helps schools organize evidence-based behavioral strategies into an integrated system. This integrated system enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for ALL students.

PBIS is not a packaged curriculum, scripted intervention, or manualized strategy.

PBIS is a multi-tiered framework. That means ALL students receive universal supports. These are commonly referred to as Tier I Supports. Students also have the opportunity to receive additional supports. Tier II Supports refer to supplemental supports that are geared toward smaller groups of students. Tier III Supports refer to intensive supports that are geared toward individual students.

PBIS is a school-wide initiative. Every school should develop 3 to 5 behavioral expectations, and all staff and students should know these expectations well. This means PBIS should be implemented across all settings. Since students spend most of their time receiving classroom instruction, implementation of PBIS in the classroom is especially critical to the success of PBIS at the school-wide level.

For more information, please contact:

Becky Cezar, Ph.D., RTI Behavior Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Learning Services
1401 W. Capitol Ave. Suite #425
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-319-7333

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

Learn More

Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

Learn More


Learn More


Learn More