Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a process for creating (or developing) safer and more effective schools. PBIS, as it is more commonly called, is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide and classroom discipline systems. The process focuses on improving a school's ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific discipline plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for:

    • ALL students, ALL staff and in ALL settings
    • Non-classroom settings within the school environment (e.g., hallways, cafeteria, bathrooms)
    • Individual classrooms and teachers
    • Small group interventions for the approximated 5-15% of students that require a more specialized approach to social skills and behavior instruction
    • Individual student supports for the estimated 1-5% of students who present the most challenging behaviors

    PBIS is a team-based process for systemic problem-solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach for creating an environment within which school-based teams of educators are trained in:

    • Systems change
    • Effective behavior management principles and practices
    • Applications of research-validated instructional and management practices

    Each school develops its own school-wide expectations, routines and procedures that reflect the essential elements of PBIS within its school culture.

  • CONTACT INFORMATION

    Sheri James
    Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coordinator
    Department of Student Services and Equity

    sheri.james@acps.k12.va.us

    Kennetra Wood
    Executive Director of Equity & Alternative Programs
    Department of Student Services and Equity

    kennetra.wood@acps.k12.va.us

    ACPS Central Office
    1340 Braddock Place, Suite 510
    Alexandria, VA 22314

    703-619-8034