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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
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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
Jason Harlacher, MTSS Specialist
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 fifteen years. Throughout this tenure, the Office of Special Education Programs State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) has predominantly funded this work.
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).
- The OLS is currently providing training and resources to districts and schools to implement PBIS (click here for more information).
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