Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)


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What is PBIS?

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a research-based approach to improving student behavior and creating a safe, positive school environment that enhances student learning. PBIS is a process that designs a behavior support plan based on a school's individual needs and behavioral data. PBIS initially focuses on school-wide (primary) behavioral data. Once the school-wide system is in place, the focus shifts to create systems of support for the individual classrooms (secondary) and for individuals (tertiary) who require more intensive interventions. PBIS is about implementing proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors in order to create and sustain a positive school environment. PBIS is about creating educational learning environments that are safe, conducive to learning, and most of all POSITIVE!

PBIS and RtI

PBIS fits well into MPS’s Response to Intervention (RtI) Model as a Tier I universal approach. Like RtI, PBIS is a collaborative, data-driven problem-solving model with a range of interventions that are applied based on the level of support needed. The program consists of specific school-wide expectations that are developed at each school, taught to the students, and reinforced in every setting. Progress monitoring by school-based PBIS teams will allow for the application of interventions through the RtI model. 

PBIS in Montgomery Public Schools...

In 2008, Montgomery Public Schools implemented an initiative that was designed to encourage positive behavior among students. This initiative is known as the School-wide Positive Behavioral Support Initiative and was funded as part of the Safe Schools and Healthy Students Initiative. Since the initiative began, 52 schools have been trained on the implementation of Postitive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

MPS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Banner Schools 

The following schools were recognized for their excellence in PBIS implementation.

2009-2010   2010-2011  2011-2012
PACE Lanier High Jefferson Davis High
Brewbaker Middle Georgia Washington Middle
Bellingrath Middle
Capitol Heights Middle Houston Hill Middle Dunbar-Ramer School
Goodwyn Middle Brewbaker Intermediate      
Dalraida Elementary
Garrett Elementary Floyd Elementary Dannelly Elementary
Halcyon Elementary Head Elementary MacMillan International Academy
Hayneville Road Elementary   Morningview Elementary
Highland Gardens Elementary    
Walter T. McKee Elementary    


For additional information about PBIS, visit http://www.pbis.org/. For information about PBIS and Montgomery Public Schools, contact Jenny Underwood via email at jenny.underwood@mps.k12.al.us or by calling 223-6851.