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 22,000 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)
Interested in PBIS Implementation?
In 2015, the Get Georgia Reading Campaign released 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
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 and End of Year Resources
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.