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PBIS Elementary

Curriculum Maps & Standards

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

What is PBIS?

PBIS is an acronym that stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

  • As the title suggests, PBIS is a behavior management strategy built around the concept that focus on, identification and rewarding of desired, appropriate, “target” or “example” behavior is likely to increase those behaviors
  • The key elements of the PBIS strategy are well researched and widely supported ( PBIS website, NASP website, overview of relevant research)
  • PBIS schools establish rules and routines that are implemented school-wide, are explicitly taught and practiced and are reinforced in all settings within the school by all staff embers (click “elementary” or “middle school and high school” for examples from district schools).

The heart of PBIS is creating instructional routines and environments that help students succeed through the active teaching of positive social behaviors.

Why implement PBIS?

The goal of PBIS is to prevent problem behaviors by encouraging students to choose appropriate behaviors
Accordingly, when PBIS efforts are implemented well:

  • Student behavior success rates reliably increase while behavior problems, office referrals and disciplinary actions reliably decrease
  • Students feel more positively toward their teachers, administrators and schools
  • Students feel safer in their schools
  • Teachers spend less time correcting behavior and more time delivering academic instruction
  • Students spend less time removed from instruction due to disciplinary action, and more time participating in instruction activities
  • Academic outcomes improve

PBIS Elementary Index




Professional Development


  • 3-5 easily remembered, school behavioral expectations taught in all areas in the building (e.g. be safe, be kind, be responsible)
  • Rules Matrices developed that clearly articulates what acceptable behavior looks like in all settings (hallway, classrooms, cafeteria, restroom, playground)
  • BLT and PBIS school and district representatives collaborating with teachers to implement PBIS school wide and in the classroom and using data to impact decisions about problem behavior areas
  • Major and minor behavioral offenses clearly defined, reported and recorded
  • Effective classroom management plans, which include establishing and teaching rules and expectations and then reinforcing appropriate behavior for all students, while consistently correcting behavioral errors and re-teaching behavior skill deficits (see “Schools” for examples) 

For Parents

For Schools

  • PBIS for buses lesson plan
  • Letter to Principals
  • Behavior intervention flow chart for bus drivers

For Drivers

Driver training resources

PBIS is a part of tiered instruction.

  • Tier 1 includes teaching of expectations and behavioral supports school wide
  • Tier 2 includes providing behavior supports for students requiring additional support beyond core behavioral instruction
  • Tier 3 includes providing intensive behavioral support for a few students who need intensive levels of support