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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

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What is PBIS?

PBIS is a framework for creating safe, positive, equitable schools, where every student can feel valued, connected to the school community and supported by caring adults. By implementing evidence-based practices within a PBIS framework, schools support their students’ academic, social, emotional, and behavioral success, engage with families to create locally-meaningful and culturally-relevant outcomes, and use data to make informed decisions that improve the way things work for everyone.

- Center on PBIS

Center on PBIS (2023). Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports [Website].



When implemented with fidelity, PBIS has improved student outcomes, reduced exclusionary discipline, and improved teacher outcomes. Read more about the research studies that have shown these results.

Improved Student Outcomes

academic achievement

prosocial behavior


emotional regulation

reduced bullying behaviors

decreased rates of drug/alcohol use

social & academic outcomes for SWDs

Reduced Exclusionary Discipline

office discipline referrals


restraint and seclusion

racial inequities

Improved Teacher Outcomes

teacher efficacy & well-being

teacher-student relationships

student engagement & instructional time

school culture & organizational health

climate & safety

When Implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) with Fidelity

Adapted from Gage, N. adapted from Center on PBIS (2023). Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports .

How does it work?

A key strategy of the PBIS process is prevention. The school-wide expectations and rules are intentionally created with faculty, student and community voice. Through instruction, comprehension and regular practice, all adults use this consistent set of behavior expectations and rules. When students do not meet behavioral expectations, PBIS schools view it as an opportunity for re-teaching, not punishing. Systems are created for regularly reviewing data and using data-based decision making skills to drive action planning for school improvement. The ultimate goal of implementing PBIS data, systems, and practices that center equity is to improve outcomes. PBIS intentionally supports staff and student behavior, decision making, social competence and academic achievement. 

To learn more visit The Center on PBIS


Professional Development Opportunities


pbis implementation statewide recognition

California PBIS initiated our first statewide effort to implement a recognition system to acknowledge schools for implementing PBIS with fidelity to the national framework. Schools may apply to be recognized as Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Your dedication and commitment to the students, families, and communities of your respective districts is a major contributing factor to the excellence in education in the state of California.  

We are thrilled to celebrate the schools that are recognized for their PBIS Implementation


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