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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)


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About PBIS

PBIS (sometimes referred to as School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports or SWPBS) is a framework or approach for assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral supports and interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students.

The mission of the Colorado Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Initiative is to establish and maintain effective school environments that maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence of all learners in Colorado.

For More Information Contact:

Lynne DeSousa, PBIS Statewide Coordinator


Important Information

Regarding Professional Development and Technical Assistance for PBIS in Colorado

The Colorado Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) initiative has provided training and technical assistance to districts and schools across the state for over twelve years.  Throughout this tenure, the Office of Special Education Programs State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) has predominantly funded this work.  Unfortunately, the initiative is not currently funded by these dollars. In response to this funding gap, the CO PBIS initiative is unable to provide professional development (PD) and technical assistance (TA) as it has in years past. In the interim, districts and schools will have limited PD and TA opportunities.  

Professional Development:

Professional development will be provided by the initiative. Please refer to the highlighted professional development opportunities below as well as the Calendar link on the left. This professional development calendar provides the complete offerings from the Office of Learning Supports, which includes both behavior and academic opportunities for professional learning. 

Technical Assistance:

Due to resources, limited TA will be provided during the 2015-16 school year. Request Technical Assistance.


Resources can be found within this website as well as the website for the National TA Center for PBIS. More information is available through our Universal Wikispace and Targeted Wikispace.

Thank you for your continued interest and your dedication to providing positive learning environment for our students in Colorado. 

Current Legislation Information 

Spring 2014 Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on School Discipline Disparities and Positive School Climate and Culture 

Colorado Legislation

  • Colorado House Bill 11-1254: Concerning Measures to Reduce the Frequency of Bullying in Schools

Other Information 

CO PBIS Wikispaces

The Colorado PBIS Universal Supports, Targeted Supports, and Behavior Tools Wikispaces provide resources for educators, PBIS implementers, and families. These sites allow for exploration of PBIS and provide content, curriculum, and resources related to a multi-tiered system of behavior supports. 

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