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Wisconsin PBIS Network: Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports

Schools nationwide are finding new ways to encourage positive behavior in the classroom, on the playground and in the hallways. Their secret: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS works because it helps students understand what is expected of them, gives teachers a framework for rewards and punishments and enables administrators to use data –rather than gut reactions – to make decisions about discipline.

PBIS in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin RtI Center, a collaborative project between the CESA Statewide Network and the Department of Public Instruction, formed the Wisconsin PBIS Network in 2010 to help Wisconsin Schools use Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports to increase student success. The Wisconsin PBIS Network provides support and technical assistance to CESAs and schools in implementing and sustaining PBIS.

The goals of PBIS are to:

  • establish a positive school culture
  • increase academic performance
  • improve safety
  • decrease problem behavior

Why It Works

PBIS builds on the positive behaviors already working in each school. These behaviors then become expectations that are taught and practiced school-wide.

PBIS relies on a team of educators to evaluate effective behaviors throughout the school, both in the classroom and elsewhere. Based on the evaluation, the team sets expectations for the school and teaches those expectations to students. PBIS, like RtI, is a system that uses a multi-layer/tiered approach with increasing levels of support that reach all students.

Learn More

To learn more, read ”Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) in Wisconsin Schools.”

In it, you’ll find:

  • the definition of PBIS
  • who to include in a PBIS School Leadership Team
  • training information for each of the three tiers