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
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 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.
Due to resources, limited TA will be provided during the 2015-16 school year. Request Technical Assistance.
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
- Dear Colleague Letter on PBIS and Students with Disabilities
- Dear Colleague Letter on Nondiscrimination School Discipline 2014 (PDF)
- USDOE Resource Guide for Improving School Climate 2014 (PDF)
- USDOE Directory of Federal School Climate and Discipline Resources (PDF)
- USDOE School Climate and Discipline Guidance
- 2012 Colorado state legislation on school discipline (PDF)
- Colorado House Bill 11-1254: Concerning Measures to Reduce the Frequency of Bullying in Schools
- Overview of the bill (PDF)
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.