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 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 Additonal Information on Getting Started with PBIS

Please contact Erin A. Sullivan, 303-866-6768

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