The positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) framework is designed to effect behavioral change through the use of evidence-based practices that promote academic and social success and establish positive school cultures.
The PBIS framework
Traditional behavior management is reactive. It involves identifying unwanted behaviors and deciding how to respond to them. Most responses involve removal and exclusion.
In contrast, PBIS is proactive and preventive. Instead of relying on negative consequences for unwanted behaviors, PBIS focuses on encouraging desired behaviors. PBIS prioritizes prevention; rearranging environments; clarifying, teaching, and reinforcing expected behaviors; and responding to problem behaviors in ways that don’t reinforce them.
Traditional school discipline asks, “What do we do when problem behavior occurs?” PBIS asks, “What do we do before and in between episodes of problem behavior?”Learn more about the PBIS framework
When problem behavior does occur, PBIS focuses on finding effective ways to respond to it, including the use of restorative practices, which aim to repair harm and restore relationships after conflict has occurred. They are most effective when explicit attention is given to building relationships and developing the social capital necessary to motivate others to make positive changes.
Restorative practices can be integrated into the PBIS framework or used on their own.Learn more about restorative practices