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Professional Development & 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.  

Technical Assistance:TA will be provided according to matched availability to request. Opportunities may be limited due to capacity; however, each request will be carefully considered. Requests for TA can be made at

Additionally: Resources can be found within this website as well as the website for the National TA Center for PBIS at More information is available through our websites for each tier (e.g.,

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

Colorado PBIS Fast Facts

  • Colorado PBIS has been providing training to schools and districts since its inception during the 2002-03 school year
  • In 2002-03, PBIS was funding with IDEA set-aside funds and started with 2 districts and 16 schools
  • In 2003-04, a federally funded State Improvement Grant (SIG) was awarded with the goal of expanding PBIS implementation
  • In 2008-09, a "no-cost extension" of SIG funds was awarded to CO PBIS to continue implementation efforts
  • In July 2009, Commissioner Dwight Jones created the Response to Intervention/Positive Behavior Support Unit at CDE
  • In August 2009, Colorado was awarded a State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) for comprehensive systems change efforts of RtI/PBIS
  • From 2009 to present, 1000 Colorado schools, ranging from preschool to high school and facilities, have been trained to implement PBIS  

Colorado's 8 Practices of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

  • Establish Administrative Leadership: state, district and school leaders' active support
  • Develop Team-Based Implementation:  special and general education staff plan and implement
  • Define Behavioral Expectations:  concrete, positive behaviors that every student can remember
  • Teach Behavioral Expectations:  explain, model, practice and process
  • Acknowledge and Reward Appropriate Behavior:  for students and adults
  • Monitor and Correct Behavioral Errors:  consistent consequences for a continuum of behaviors
  • Use Information for Decision Making:  who, what, when, where and how often
  • Build Parent Collaboration:  with schools and community

Training Components

CDE facilitates training and technical assistance to support the implementation of PBIS practices throughout the state. Training is offered to assist school-based teams in planning, developing, and implementing action steps to establish and maintain effective school environments that exhibit:

  • a common approach to discipline
  • positively stated expectations for all students and staff
  • procedures for teaching these expectations to students
  • a continuum of supports for encouraging demonstration and maintenance of these expectations
  • a continuum of procedures for discouraging rule-violating behavior
  • procedures for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the discipline system on a regular and frequent basis
  • methods for involving families and communities

Please use the link below to access information regarding current training information and availability:

PBIS Implementation Guides

The following resources can be used to assess the level of readiness for PBIS implementation at a school building sites or districts:

For Additional Information on Getting Started with PBIS

Please contact Lynne DeSousa, 303-866-6768 (office) and 303-501-2067 (cell).

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