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 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. More than 24,500 U.S. schools are implementing PBIS and saving countless instructional hours otherwise lost to discipline. The premise of PBIS is that continual teaching, combined with acknowledgement or feedback of positive student behavior will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. PBIS schools apply a multi-tiered approach to prevention, using disciplinary data and principles of behavior analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve school climate for all students. (OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports).

New for FY18! 

Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 Dashboard

The Georgia Elementary Student Health Survey 2.0 is an anonymous survey of school students (grades 3-12) who are enrolled in Georgia public schools. All Georgia public elementary schools are required to participate in this survey. The students health survey includes various questions measuring school safety and school climate, and a few demographic questions for statistical analysis. The students are asked to rate school safety and school climate on a scale provided. This dashboard summarizes findings of the questions asked in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 survey.

School Climate Star Rating Dashboard

Georgia Insights has developed a user-friendly dashboard to display the results of the Georgia School Climate Star Rating. Each school receives a 1- to 5-star rating, with five stars representing an excellent school climate, and one star representing a school climate most in need of improvement. This dashboard allows a person with the ability to search for a school’s performance on a number of indicators that are tied to the climate of a school. An introductory video and calculation guide are also linked.

Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI)

Starting in FY18 Georgia will begin use of the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) to measure fidelity of PBIS implementation.  The TFI will take the place of the Benchmarks of Quality (BoQ) and the Team Implementation Checklist (TIC).  The TFI gives PBIS teams a single, efficient, valid, and reliable survey to guide implementation. The TFI will allow PBIS teams to measure the extent to which school personnel apply the core features of PBIS at all three tiers.

Click the link above to view a series of videos on how to complete the TFI that are designed for District Coordinators and School PBIS Teams!

Early Learning Climate PBIS Aligned Model

The Early Learning Climate PBIS Aligned Model was adapted from the Woodward Early Learning Climate Grant.  This grant is managed by the Get Georgia Reading Campaign and resulted in the developed of a new PBIS model.  The goal of this model is to improve early learning climates in Pre-K through third grade settings and promote reading proficiency for students by the end of third grade. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) have partnered to design a statewide implementation plan of the Early Learning Climate PBIS Aligned Model in active PBIS districts, elementary schools and Pre-K Standalone early learning centers in Georgia.

Interested in PBIS Implementation? 

School Climate

The Get Georgia Reading Campaign developed five Early Learning Climate videos created for administrators, teachers, parents, policymakers—anyone with a stake in creating healthy classrooms in Georgia—that show how to apply positive learning climate practices in everyday, real-life classroom scenarios.

We encourage you to use the videos in your trainings, curriculums, presentations, and keynotes to increase awareness of the importance of positive learning climate practices.

“Georgia Education Leaders Release Videos to Demonstrate Safe, Secure, Positive Learning Environments for All Children”

PBIS in the Classroom Modules

These modules are designed to be used with the support of the school PBIS leadership team to integrate PBIS practices in the classroom.  The modules will cover material in the order in which they appear on the Benchmarks of Quality.

PBIS in the Classroom Modules

PBIS Tier II Readiness

The purpose of the following documents is to provide guidance to district leadership teams/school leadership teams that are interested in considering implementation of Tier II PBIS.

The Georgia PBIS Strategic Plan

Georgia's PBIS LEAs and Schools 

The Georgia Department of Education recognizes districts and schools for supporting positive school climate through the implementation of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework. The purpose of the recognition system is to identify schools that exemplify best practices in the implementation of Tier 1, (PBIS). To qualify for state recognition, system schools must be in a LEA with active support through a District Leadership Team, District Coordinator, and a district action plan. The LEA must be actively supported by the GaDOE Team, and the school must be implementing for at least 1 school year.

Recognition Criteria for 2017-2018

Recognition Lists for 2016-2017

Project AWARE
Georgia Project AWARE is a SAMHSA funded initiative designed to increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth; provide training in Youth Mental Health First Aid; and connect children, youth, and families who may have behavioral health issues with appropriate services (SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services, 2015). The GaDOE is partnering with the following PBIS districts to provide training in Youth Mental Health First Aid and to develop processes and procedures for connecting youth and families to community based mental health services: Muscogee County, Newton County, and Griffin-Spalding Schools.



 Contact Information

Justin Hill
Program Manager
Phone: (404) 657-9953
FAX: (404) 657-7489
Sharon Champion
Administrative Support
Phone: (404) 463-9238
FAX: (404) 651-6457
Please contact the PBIS Team for more Information on PBIS Implementation

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 PBIS Annual Evaluation Brief Report


 Important Links


 Recorded Georgia PBIS Team Webinars


 Georgia PBIS Newsletters


 PBIS News Stories and Events in Georgia