Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) are a multi-tiered continuum of supports for all students in the school environment. Supported by the Iowa Department of Education, PBIS provides schools with the framework and organizational plan to promote and maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence for all students.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs Technical Assistance Center on PBIS indicates there are 13,300 schools implementing PBIS in the United States and other countries including Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, and Canada. Since 2002, PBIS has continued to grow in Iowa. Currently, more than 300 schools are implementing PBIS in 107 districts around the state.
All schools in Iowa will implement a sustainable, multi-tiered system of support focusing on safe, healthy, and caring learning environments that include well defined systems, practices, and data at each tier, resulting in improved behavioral and academic outcomes.
Susan Bruce, School-Wide PBIS Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
Mary Schertz, Early childhood Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
Toni Merfeld, Mental Health Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
Sean Casey, Challenging Behaviors Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
De Blanchard, Keystone – AEA 1
Jackie Fober, AEA 267
Mindy Fisher, Waterloo CSD
Melissa Wurth, Prairie Lakes – AEA 8
Lorie Spanjers, Prairie Lakes – AEA 8
Jill Yates, Mississippi Bend – AEA 9
Cindy Laughead, Mississippi Bend – AEA 9
Tammy Beener, Grant Wood – AEA 10
Kristi Upah, Heartland – AEA 11
Suzann Wilson, Des Moines CSD
Jerome Schaefer, Northwest – AEA 12
Deb Zebill, Green Hills
Julie Thomas, Great Prairie
Robin Galloway, Iowa State University
Kathy Lockard, Contracted Trainer
PBIS Annual Report
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is required to be a PBIS Iowa “trained” school?
- A representative, school-based PBIS Leadership Team has been established with supportive and involved administration.
- All team members have attended and completed the full school-wide training series as provided by a recognized state trainer.
What is required to be a PBIS Iowa PBIS Implementing school?
- The School-based PBIS Leadership Team fulfilled training requirements.
- Staff utilizes school-wide systems and practices that are developed and evaluated through a team based process.
- The school-based leadership team actively engages in data based decision making and meets deadlines for data submission each school year.
How does a school become inactive?
- The school withdraws and submits an amended School Profile to the AEA PBIS Coordinator.
- The school does not meet the data submission deadlines for two consecutive data reporting periods in the same school year.
The following schools, listed by AEA, are currently implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. An implementing PBIS school must meet specific criteria. This criteria includes:
- Administration and faculty commit to participation in a three-year cycle of training during which universal, secondary, and tertiary systems are developed and implemented.
- School-based leadership team meets regularly and engages in a process of decision making using implementation, student and perception data.
- Development of a prevention system that includes the establishment of school -wide expectations, procedures for teaching and acknowledging appropriate behavior, and procedures to correct and discourage undesirable behaviors.
- Establishment of an information system in which discipline data are gathered, summarized, and reported to support problem solving and decision making at the school, district, AEA and state levels.
The Iowa PBIS Leadership Team recognizes schools that demonstrate success and sustainability of implementation at the Universal, Secondary and Tertiary levels. Schools that want to be recognized for their implementation of PBIS are required to submit an application along with evidence supporting the criteria for one of the three awards: Honor, Banner and Paramount. AEA PBIS Coordinators can provide additional information and the application.
|2012||West Delaware Middle||1||Honor|
|2012||Sioux Central Elementary||8||Honor|
|2012||Grant Wood Elementary||9||Honor|
|2012||LeMars Gehlen Catholic||NW||Honor|
|2012||Clayton Ridge Middle||1||Banner|
|2012||Clayton Ridge Elementary||1||Banner|
|2012||Sunset Heights Elementary||8||Banner|
|2012||West Sioux Elementary||NW||Banner|
|2012||East Sac Elementary (Sac City Center)||8||Paramount|
|2012||East Sac Elementary (Wall Lake Center)||8||Paramount|
|2011||Sioux Central Elementary||8||Honor|
|2011||Phillips MS (Ft. Dodge)||8||Honor|
|2011||Webster City MS||8||Honor|
|2011||Centennial Elementary (SE Polk)||11||Honor|
|2011||Lakewood Elementary (Norwalk)||11||Honor|
|2011||Sacred Heart School (Bishop Heelen)||NW||Honor|
|2011||West Sioux Elementary||NW||Honor|
|2011||Lou Henry Elementary (Waterloo)||267||Honor|
|2011||Clayton Ridge MS||1||Banner|
|2011||Eleanor Roosevelt MS (Dubuque)||1||Banner|
|2011||Robert Blue MS (Eagle Grove)||8||Banner|
|2011||Sunset Heights Elementary (Webster City)||8||Banner|
|2011||Sac City Elementary||8||Paramount|
|2010||Whittier Elementary (Clinton)||9||Honor|
|2010||Sioux Central Elementary||8||Honor|
|2010||East Sac Elementary||8||Paramount|