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Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidenced based, tiered framework for supporting students’ behavioral, academic, social, emotional, and mental health. When implemented with fidelity, PBIS improves social emotional competence, academic success, and school climate. It is a way to create positive, predictable, equitable and safe learning environments where everyone thrives. 

Because Killybrooke implements PBIS, our site does the following:

  • Uses a tiered system of evidence-based practices to support student needs
  • Regularly checks the effectiveness of our practices
  • Rely on teams to guide implementation
  • Use data to identify strengths, uncover needs, and monitor student progress
  • Implement universal screening
  • Develop content expertise through on-going professional development

PBIS is an ongoing commitment to supporting students, educators, and families through systems change. Students experience improved behavioral, social, emotional, and academic outcomes while   improving our overall climate.  

Tiered PBIS Framework

Educators provide a continuum of academic, behavioral, social, and emotional support matched to students’ needs. We describe this continuum across three tiers of support.

Tier I: Universal, Primary Prevention (All)

Tier I systems, data, and practices support everyone – students, educators, and staff – across all school settings. They establish a foundation for positive and proactive support. Tier 1 support is robust, differentiated, and enables most (80% or more) students to experience success. Tier 1 practices include:

  • Collaborating with students, families, and educators to define positive school/program-wide expectations 
  • Aligning classroom expectations with school/program-wide expectations
  • Explicitly teaching expectations and skills to set all students up for success
  • Encouraging and acknowledging expected behavior
  • Preventing and responding to unwanted behavior in a respectful, instructional manner
  • Fostering school/program-family partnerships

Tier II: Targeted, Secondary Prevention (Some)

In addition to your Tier I foundation, students receiving Tier II supports get an added layer of systems, data, and practices targeting their specific needs. On average, about 10-15% of your students will need some type of Tier 2 support. The support you provide at Tier 2 is more focused than at Tier 1 and less intensive than at Tier 3. Tier 2 practices include:

  • Providing additional instruction and practice for behavioral, social, emotional, and academic skills
  • Increasing adult support and supervision
  • Providing additional opportunities for positive reinforcement
  • Increasing prompts or reminders
  • Increasing access to academic supports
  • Increasing school-family communication

Tier III: Intensive and Individualized, Tertiary Prevention (Few)

There are a small number of students for whom Tier 1 and Tier 2 supports have not been sufficient to experience success. At Tier III, students receive more intensive, individualized support to improve their outcomes. Tier III supports are available to any student with intensive need, whether they receive special education services or not. Tier III practices include:

  • Engaging students, educators, and families in functional behavioral assessments and intervention planning
  • Coordinating support through wraparound and person-centered planning
  • Implementing individualized, comprehensive, and function-based support

Killybrooke PBIS Matrix 2019 (PDF)

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Deija Ray
PBIS Coach

Laura Sosa