Positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS) is a school-wide system of tools and
strategies for defining, teaching, acknowledging appropriate behavior, and correcting
inappropriate behavior. It is a framework for creating customized school systems that
support student outcomes and academic success. PBIS is for the whole school, it is
preventative, and it can change the paradigm of focus from negative behaviors to positive
expectations and interactions.
An important piece to PBIS is the understanding that appropriate behavior and social skills
require DIRECT teaching to students just like math and reading. We cannot assume that
students automatically have these skills.