Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework for assisting school personnel with organizing and adopting evidence-based behavioral interventions.  These systems are incorporated into the school environment on an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students.  PBIS is not a packaged curriculum, scripted intervention, or manualized strategy.  PBIS is an individualized, prevention-oriented way for school personnel to adopt solid, evidence-based practices that maximize the academic and social behavior for students.

PBIS offers a range of interventions that are systematically applied to students.  These interventions are based on their level of need.  They are evidence-based practices that address the role of the environment as it applies to development and behavioral health problems and solutions.  PBIS supports the success of all students.

The School District of Philadelphia currently has more than 100 schools working to implement PBIS. For implementation of PBIS within the district, each school organizes a planning team that attends three days of training during which they develop the school-wide system.  PBIS differs for each school, depending on the assessed needs and goals.  PBIS allows schools to build on existing strengths.  Overall, PBIS is designed to support schools to “work smarter, not harder” using data, systems, and practices.

After training, the team is responsible for providing information to school staff about PBIS efforts, problem-solving around systemic behavioral issues, and ensuring that team meetings are scheduled and data is collected.  Internal district coaches provide support to schools implementing PBIS to ensure fidelity of implementation.

If you are interested in becoming a PBIS school, please contact Steven Rufe, Director of Positive Behavioral Systems and Supports at srufe@philasd.org.

“Until we have defined, taught, modeled, practiced, reinforced and
re-taught, it is unethical for adults to punish…” – Rob Horner