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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: 

Crystal Bethea, State Personnel Development Grant Director
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
1401 W. Capitol Ave. Suite #425
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-319-7333 ext. 119

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