U.S. Office of Special Education Programs
Technical Assistance Center
on School-Wide Positive
Eight universities and four educational agencies collaborating to assist states in large-scale implementation of School-wide Positive Behavior Support to achieve both reduction in problem behavior and enhanced learning environments.
What is School-wide Positive Behavior Support?
School-wide PBS is the integration of
Operationally defined and valued outcomes,
Behavioral and biomedical science,
Research validated practices, and
The goal is to prevent the development and intensifying of problem behaviors and maximize academic success for all students.
How do schools, districts, and states implement School-wide Positive Behavior Support?
- State Leadership Teams increase training, coaching, evaluation. and policy and funding capacities within their administrative structure.
- District Coaches provide technical assistance to local implementers and assist in organizing local personnel and resources for maximal effectiveness and efficiency.
- Local School Implementation Teams stay in close contact with coaches to assure consistent implementation and ongoing training.
What are the outcomes associated with School-wide Positive Behavior Support?
- Decrease in office discipline referrals
- Increase in instructional time
- Decrease in administrator time spent on discipline issues
- Efficient and effective use of scarce resources
- Increase in perceived school safety
- Sustainability through team approach
Where is School-wide Positive Behavior Support used?
Currently, school-wide positive behavior support is used in over 30 states and the District of Columbia.
Features of School-wide Positive Behavior Support
Teaching behavioral expectations to all students
School-wide behavioral expectations
Continuum of consequences for violating behavioral expectations
Acknowledging appropriate behavior
Ongoing use of data for decision-making
Function-based support for students with chronic problem behavior
Whom do I contact for more information?
To find out more about the TA Center on PBIS, please contact us.
Center on PBIS
1235 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1235
The TA Center on PBIS is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education and includes the following collaborators.
University of Oregon
University of Connecticut
University of South Florida
University of Missouri
University of Kansas
University of Florida
University of North Carolina
University of Kentucky
Illinois State Board of Education
Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center
Sheppard-Pratt Health Systems
The May Institute