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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a nationally-recognized approach to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. In Virginia schools, PBIS is the behavioral component of the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports.

PBIS helps teachers and administrators learn about and implement new techniques that reduce disruptive student behavior, which typically leads to office referrals, in-school suspensions, and out-of-school suspensions that decrease the instructional time for students. Based on extensive research, PBIS utilizes a positive approach to discipline. This approach ultimately impacts the very culture of the school to shift attention to positive behavior and successful learning systems for children, teachers, and administrators

PBIS is not a specific intervention or curriculum. Through focused attention on data collection and analyses, it provides a framework of proactive, evidence-based prevention and intervention behavioral strategies that aid schools in defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors in a positive school culture.

PBIS implementation resources are located in the Implementers section of the website.

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