Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

  • What is PBIS?

    Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is a framework from which good behavior is systematically described and taught through expectations and rewarded when observed. An example is a teacher complementing a student who is walking quietly in the hall instead of verbally quieting other students. 

    Expectations & Rewards

    Students accumulate points in some form that qualify them for special events or small prizes. The expectations are taught to children and all staff members. From bus drivers and lunchroom helpers to teachers, all follow the same set of expectations. There are behavior expectations for common areas such as hallways, bathrooms, and cafeterias, as well as classrooms or other smaller environments. The PBIS team in each school evaluates discipline referrals to determine where their lessons should be focused.


    Developing a positive school environment helps teachers teach and students learn. The state also developed social and emotional learning standards that all schools must follow. PBIS meets the criteria for delivering these standards to students.

    PBIS's Relationship to Other Behavioral Interventions & Supports

    School-wide positive behavior support is not considered a new initiative. Instead it is a set of problem-solving strategies and processes that can be used to build upon a school’s existing strengths. PBIS uses data to analyze behavior and target problem areas.

    -Information provided by Illinois PBIS Network