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Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a system that relies on proactivity of the school staff instead of reactivity to specific behaviors. Numerous research studies and anecdotal experiences have proven the positive impact that PBIS has on the site environment by encouraging positive behaviors.

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Understanding Challenging Behavior 

This presentation is designed to help participants understand the psychology of behavior. Participants will learn to define and determine the function of a behavior and to understand the impact of the environment on an individual’s behavior. In addition, participants will understand how to monitor the impact of an intervention by learning how to observe and measure behavior. There will also be a discussion on how to encourage positive behavior, while reducing negative behavior through the use of rewards and consequences.

PBIS as a School-Wide System

This presentation will provide an overview of PBIS as a school-wide system. Participants will learn the important aspects of PBIS, including the identifications of rules and expectations, and the appropriate use of rewards and consequences, as well as the significance of educating students in appropriate behavior through school-wide assemblies and classroom lessons.

The School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Plan is Your Core Curriculum

This presentation is designed to review the major components of a school’s PBIS plan, as well as the end-of-year report from previous school years. The strengths of the existing plan will be highlighted, and recommendations for the future will be discussed.

Positive Behavior Support Plans in the Classroom, More than Just a Classroom Management Plan 

PBIS in a school-wide system has been well-documented as a means of improving a school environment. This system can also have an impact on a smaller scale, in individual classrooms. This presentation reviews the use of Classroom Behavior Support Plans and rewards systems. The consultant will also provide classroom management “tips and tricks,” which can focus on specific issues as requested.

PBIS School Data Collection: Evaluating the Effects of Your Corrective and Reinforcing Consequence

Data-based decision making is the most effective way to make changes within a school environment. This presentation reviews the different ways to analyze major and minor referrals within SWIS. Using the “Big 5” data compilation, the consultant provides instruction on how to identify problem behaviors, areas, times, and motivations on a class-wide or school-wide basis. They will also provide some tips and strategies for addressing identified problems.

Tier 2 intervention: Small Group Instruction

Tier 2/group interventions are a great way to address classroom behavior problems that are less intensive and time consuming than individual interventions or functional behavioral assessments. This presentation can be specifically tailored to address common classroom issues (for example, off-task, disruptions, disrespect) as requested.

De-escalation and Understanding the Escalation Cycle

This presentation highlights some of the behavioral basics behind common agitation/escalation cycles to help teachers learn to identify warning signs. The discussion provides teachers with strategies for speaking with students who are struggling to manage their behaviors, and examples of effective conflict resolution and meditation techniques, as well as some preventative techniques to help avoid future conflicts.

Do your own Functional Behavior Assessment!

This presentation discusses when it is appropriate to conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and when other behavior management skills are more appropriate. The discussion will include examples of FBAs, as well as the tools used to conduct them.


Our expert team of school psychologists, board certified behavior analysts, and licensed clinical psychologists provide consultation tailored to the individual needs of each agency, focusing on skill development in the implementation of all aspects of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports framework. Working together with agency staff, our expert consultants help to establish building-level capacity by ensuring that the procedures and policy become fully ingrained in the culture of the site.