Team training for implementation of School-wide PBIS (SW-PBIS), provided by the Georgia Department of Education, helps schools gain the knowledge and skills needed to establish behavioral supports at the universal level (i.e., Tier 1) and create a positive school climate. The training workshops teach school teams the decision making framework that should guide selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices. These practices result in improvement of important academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. Having effective school-wide PBIS is necessary before schools are able to successfully establish a continuum of more intensive behavioral supports (i.e., Tier 2, Tier 3, Tier 4 supports). Without first establishing a foundation of supports and demonstrating implementation fidelity at this level, additional behavioral supports, training, or curricula struggle to be effective and do not sustain over time.
The GaDOE GaPBIS Team facilitates district‐level planning and provides school team training, technical assistance and ongoing coaching to PBIS district coordinators in order to build capacity and support the PBIS process. School PBIS implementation occurs in districts where active support through a district leadership team, a district action plan and district coordinator has been established.
Districts Interested in Implementing PBIS
District PBIS Resource Documents
PBIS in the High School Setting
High schools have a wide array of unique challenges that must be addressed in order for SWPBIS to be successful. While it is important that all schools develop consistent expectations and practices, this is particularly challenging in the high school setting where students are in multiple classrooms throughout the day. Instructional staff will need to be convinced that setting aside time to teach behavioral expectations will improve instructional opportunities. It is imperative to address concerns that PBIS will limit the time available to teach content and that social skills instruction ceases to be necessary once students reach this setting.
Despite this concern, it should be noted that there are significant advantages when implementing PBIS in high schools. As students mature, they are more capable of being participants on a school’s PBIS team. High school students are especially suited to help increase student buy-in. Moreover, high school partnerships with elementary and middle schools who are implementing PBIS can serve to reinforce existing behavioral expectations. Lastly, PBIS is prevention based and provides a framework for other high school prevention efforts that address attendance, truancy and dropout.
PBIS Implementation Science Resources