What is PBIS?


PBIS is NOT a packaged curriculum, scripted intervention, or manualized strategy.  PBIS IS a framework that helps schools organize evidence-based behavioral strategies into an integrated system.  This integrated system enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for ALL students.


PBIS is a multi-tiered framework.  That means ALL students receive universal supports.  These are commonly referred to as Tier I Supports.  Students also have the opportunity to receive additional supports.  Tier II Supports refer to supplemental supports that are geared toward smaller groups of students.  Tier III Supports refer to intensive supports that are geared toward individual students.


PBIS is a school-wide initiative.  Every school should develop 3 to 5 behavioral expectations, and all staff and students should know these expectations well.  That means that PBIS should be implemented across settings.  Because students spend most of their time receiving instruction, implementation of PBIS in the classroom is especially critical to the success of PBIS at the school-wide level.


PBIS in Arkansas if fairly new.  Although many schools had already begun implementing PBIS, it did not become a state-wide focus until recent years.  The Center for Community Engagement partnered with Arkansas RTI to bring PBIS training and coaching to Arkansas.  Currently, more than 80 schools are implementing PBIS across Arkansas.