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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Our Mission

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.

Contact Information: Office of Learning Supports

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. 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 Universal and Targeted Wikispaces at and

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


Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

November 11 -13, 2015 - SWIS Facilitator Certification Training 

December 8, 2015 - Check-In, Check-Out (CICO) Workshop (Metro)

Webinar - December 15, 2015 Equity in School Discipline Follow-Up  

*Please note that events are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. Face-to-face events with fewer than 15 people registered 1 week prior to the event will be cancelled. Registrants will be notified via email of any changes in event status.

Special Professional Development Opportunities

October 2, 2015

Affective Needs Conference

Doubletree Hotel at 3203 Quebec Street, Denver, Colorado

Affective Need Conference Flyer

Event details at

Register at


November 8-10, 2015

International Bullying Prevention Association Conference

Denver Marriott Center Hotel

The International Bullying Prevention Association has named Dr. Dacher Keltner and Carlotta Walls LaNier their keynote speakers for its national conference held at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel, November, 8-10, 2015. Opening up the conference will be in the hands of Dacher Keltner, who was named one of the 50 visionaries who are changing the world in 2008, Dr. Keltner recently consulted on the new Pixar movie Inside Out, providing input and direction specific to the science of emotions.  Closing out the conference will be presented by the courageous Carlotta Walls LaNier, who is the youngest of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who were the first black students to ever attend Little Rock Central High School back in the 1950s.

There are over 40 workshops to choose from with topics including school safety, cyberbullying, addressing identity based bullying, interview techniques and many more! The conference also includes an extensive exhibit hall highlighting amazing products and services in the field, networking opportunities and more! The complete conference brochure detailing each workshop and presenter is available to be downloaded at The conference is approved for NBCC contact hours.  

Facebook has generously donated a limited number of $100 off scholarships to those working in or with rural school districts. Enter FB15 in the discount code box when registering to take advantage of this significant discount, the scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information and to register:


November 11-13, 2015 

SWIS Facilitator Certification Training

University of Northern Colorado - Denver Center at Lowry Campus

What: SWIS is a school-wide decision/data system for behavior and discipline. It is one application within the three-tiered information system of the SWIS Suite. This 2 ½ day training focuses on using SWIS, teaching others to use SWIS, working with schools to prepare for SWIS compatibility, and working with teams/coaches to apply a data-based, decision making model.

Who Should Participate: School and district personnel who are interested in becoming certified SWIS Facilitators and meet the following criteria:

  • Have formal time allocated in their workload to perform Facilitator duties
  • Plan to implement the applications with 2 or more schools
  • Able to meet with implementing schools at least 5 times in a year to assess school readiness, train staff, and meet with teams to build fluency in using data for decision making.

Note: Attendance at all three days is required to complete certification requirements through the University of Oregon.

Flyer: SWIS Facilitation Certification

Registration: Please register by October 21, 2015,-2015.aspx


Other PD 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. 


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

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