What is PBIS?

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a systems approach for establishing the social culture and behavioral supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students. It is a way of taking all the great initiatives already implemented in the school and tying them together into a framework that works toward a common language, common practice, and consistent application of rewards and consequences. It involves teaching, modeling, practicing, rewarding appropriate behavior and having clear consequences for targeted behaviors.

PBIS is rooted in evidence based practices which adults use to respond to the interventions needed to address behavioral and academic competence for each and every student.

Benefits of PBIS

PBIS creates a school culture that is predictable, positive, safe and consistent. There are benefits for all stakeholders including children, staff and families.

The benefits for children and families include:

  • Reduction in problem behavior
  • Increased student engagement
  • Improved academic performance
  • Better family involvement

The staff benefits include:

  • Improved consistency across faculty
  • Better collaboration in support of individual students
  • Improved classroom management
  • Reduced faculty absenteeism
  • Increased faculty retention
  • Improved substitute performance/perception
  • Increased ratings of staff “effectiveness”


Data from Kentucky schools has shown that the common factor among schools and districts that implement of PBIS with fidelity and sustain positive changes is the presence of an active district-level leadership team. Following is information about participating in PBIS through the Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline’s KYPBIS Network:

  • PBIS is appropriate for all grade levels, from Pre-K through high school.
  • Training for PBIS Leadership Teams is free and available to all Kentucky schools.
  • PBIS Leadership Teams consist of a representative sample of the school staff.
  • Successful implementation of the PBIS framework is typically a 3–5 year process that involves on-going training across a continuum of behavior support.  Regular revisions to a school’s PBIS Action Plan are also critical as teams examine survey and student outcome data.
  • After attending an awareness level session a district/school is asked to complete a commitment letter prior to scheduling initial team trainings.
  • PBIS training can be customized based on the unique needs of a school community.

Any interested school can contact the Kentucky PBIS Network to find out more.