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Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Framework
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework for preventing problem behavior and supporting the social, emotional, behavioral and academic needs for all individuals in all learning environments.  There is extensive research that states this comprehensive systematic approach demonstrates that a positive, consistent school-wide climate can eliminate many of the discipline problems which occur in schools.

The PBIS framework allows for sharing a wide range of behavior strategies and prevention-based interventions at the universal (school-wide), targeted (classroom or group), and intensive (small group or individual) levels.  Decisions made are based on data collected that will identify the needs of the campus or district. 

Resources to help build positive school culture and climate:

PBIS Policy Brief - Economic Cost ComparisonFind out what the "cost of implementing school-wide positive behavior intervention supports is in comparison to the benefits from reducing suspensions...."

The U. S. Department of Education's Office (DOE) of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is the funding source of the Technical Assistance Center that provides assistance to schools, districts and states build capacity for implementing positive behavior intervention supports.  Through a multi-tiered system of support,  Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) improves social, emotional, behavioral and academic skills students require in order to learn, feel safe and be successful in school.

The Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI) is a state-level training mandated by Senate Bill 1196 and the Texas Administrative Code §89.1053 which is designed to provide knowledge for the use of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for all students, including those with disabilities, procedures for the use of restraint and time-out.    

National PTA:  Positive Statement - Positive School Discipline
National PTA supports positive school discipline policies that keep children in school and learning over exclusionary discipline policies (suspension and expulsion) that tends to exacerbate a child’s behavior problems by pushing students out of the place (school) created to support them and keep them safe.
Association For Positive Behavior Support - The Association for Positive Behavior Support is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of positive behavior support and holds a national conference each year.
Character Education Resources - This site has plenty of resources for use in teaching character education.
Foundations for Safe, Civil, and Productive Schools - One of the most comprehensive, data-driven, and positive models for change in school-wide climate. Written by Randy Sprick and published by Sopris West.
Second Step Curriculum - Second Step is a program for schools and families to use to encourage children to get along well with others.
State Network Contact:
Cheri Kahn
Education Specialist - Behavior/Discipline
(210) 370-5702

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