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Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a process for creating school environments that are more predictable and effective for achieving academic and social goals. For some schools, PBIS will enhance their current systems and practices, for others it will radically change the culture for the better.

How does it work?

A key strategy of the PBIS process is prevention. The majority of students follow the school's expectations, but not often acknowledged for their positive behavior. Through instruction, comprehension and regular practice, all stakeholders use a consistent set of behavior expectations and rules. When some students do not respond to teaching of the behavioral rules, PBIS schools view it as an opportunity for re-teaching, not punishing.


School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is comprised of a broad range of systemic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behaviors for ALL students. It is a compilation of effective practices, interventions and systems change strategies that have a long history of empirical support. PBIS is the integration of four elements:

  • Operationally defined and valued outcomes
  • Behavioral and biomedical science
  • Research-validated practices and
  • Systems change to enhance the broad quality with which all students are living/learning and reduce problem behaviors

Four Levels of Intervention:

  • Whole School
  • Classroom
  • Individual
  • Community

The San Diego County Office of Education has widely used the PBIS Framework known as Building Effective Schools Together (BEST), written by Dr. Jeff Sprague and Annemike Golly.  This framework has been implemented in over 80 schools across the county and will continue to expand with the support of the Student Mental Health Initiative and the Project Cal-Well.


BEST- Best Behavior: Building Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

The goal of this training is to guide school sites through the process of developing and sustaining a school-wide Positive Behavior Support system. In order to implement RtI in the area of behavior, school sites must develop a system of universal screening, site wide teaching of positive behaviors and a mechanism to support staff in ongoing implementation.

Outcomes for Participating Teams:

1.   Implement a school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention System that is supported at the district level.

2.   Develop a process for universal behavior screening at the school site.

3.   Plan for ongoing technical assistance and progress monitoring of PBIS at the school site and district level.

4.   Reduction in school-wide suspensions and expulsions at your school site. 

Workshop audience:

  • Provide a team of three to five (3-5) people to include any combination (site administrator required and actively involved): * Administrator (required) * General Education Teacher * Special Education Teacher * Classified Staff Representative * Parent * Related Service Staff Person
  • Commitment to developing and implementing positive reinforcement systems, data-informed decision making at the school level, effective classroom management and curriculum adaptation, functional behavior assessment, school rules and rule teaching.
This workshop is typically offered at SDCOE twice a year, generally in the fall and spring months.


For Schools:



 Video Resources 

Planning tools


Mara Madrigal-Weiss                                                  Cathy Prodor
Coordinator                                                                 PBIS Resource Teacher, Special Education
858-292-3569                                                              619-718-3410

For registration information, please contact:
Amanda Holt
Program Secretary