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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a prevention-based framework for organizing evidence-based behavioral supports into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social outcomes for all students.
The mission of Colorado PBIS (CO-PBIS) 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
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 2014, 1000 Colorado schools, ranging from preschool to high school and facilities, were trained to implement PBIS
- In 2016, another round of the SPDG was awarded to the Office of Learning Supports (OLS).
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