General Information

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports

The goal of PBIS is to promote and teach appropriate pro-social skills and behaviors to maximize academic success for all students.

What is PBIS?

PBIS is an acronym for Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports. It is a school-wide integration of:  

  • A systems and processes approach for teaching behavior
  • A continuum of behavioral supports
  • Prevention focused efforts to reduce behavioral problems
  • Specific instruction of academic and personal/social behavior
  • Research-based practices
  • Ongoing use of data to make decisions regarding needs and successes at the building level

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support is a three-tiered approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities. PBIS improves the link between practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs.

What are the three tiers of intervention?

The three tiers of PBIS are Universal (Tier 1), Secondary (Tier 2), and Tertiary (Tier 3).   

The Universal Tier (Tier 1)

The Universal Tier, or Tier 1, applies to all staff and students across all school settings. In general, data at this tier should represent that at least 80-85% of students are successful at meeting the school-wide and classroom specific expectations.

The Universal Tier focuses on the teaching, modeling, practicing and the acknowledgement of school-wide expectations (building matrix) and classroom systems (specific classroom matrix, procedure and routines, and classroom management tools). These expectations and systems are taught and re-taught through the PBIS Kick-off at the beginning of the school year. They are also re-taught through data driven boosters (Cool Tools/Lessons) throughout the year.

The Secondary Tier (Tier 2)

The Secondary Tier, or Tier 2, is targeted interventions for students that need extra supports. In general, data at this tier should support that 10-15% of students require additional supports to meet the school-wide and classroom specific expectations.

The Secondary Tier focuses on targeted interventions that offer students additional structure and support to meet school-wide and classroom specific expectations through the use of check-in/check-out, mentors, social academic instructional groups (SAIG), and a simple FBA-BIP. Students can qualify for tier 2 based on office referral (ODR) data, teacher and family referrals, as well as attendance.

For more information on Tier 2, please contact Tanesha Jones at

The Tertiary Tier (Tier 3)

The Tertiary Tier, or Tier 3, is intensive and individualized interventions for students that struggle to be successful in meeting school-wide and classroom specific expectations. In general, data at this tier should support that 1-5% of students require intense and individualized interventions through RENEW (rehabilitation, empowerment, natural supports, educations, and work).

 The Tertiary Tier focuses on assisting students make connections with community resources. The goal is to help develop natural supports for lifelong success.

For more information on Tier 3, please contact Tanesha Jones at

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