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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 1,000 Georgia schools and 27,000 nationwide have been trained in PBIS.  Implementation of PBIS is 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).

The Georgia PBIS Strategic Plan

New for FY19

The Jean Ramirez PBIS Scholarship

GaDOE PBIS in conjunction with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education is proud to announce the Jean Ramirez PBIS Scholarship Program for 2019‐2020. Under the program, scholarships will be awarded to two Georgia College and State University (GCSU) students and two Georgia Southern University (GSU) students pursuing a PBIS graduate certificate beginning in 2019‐2020. Currently, these are the only universities in Georgia that offer graduate certificates in PBIS.  Application deadline is November 30, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. More information can be found within the application.

SWPBIS Tier I Teaming Readiness

SWPBIS Tier I Teaming Readiness is intended for all new PBIS School Leadership Teams that will participate in State PBIS Tier I Training this year.  Each school will need to complete the activities prior to Day 1 of training.  The objectives of the webinar and teaming packet are to provide guidance on what is needed to finalize team member roles as well as planning your team’s operational procedures.

State PBIS Specialists

Important Links

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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 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

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.  

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.

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 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 local RESA.       

Recognition Criteria for 2018-2019

Recognition Criteria for 2017-2018

End of Year Tools

PBIS Resources

The Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 is an anonymous survey of students (grades 3-12) who are enrolled in Georgia public schools. The survey includes various questions measuring school safety and school climate. This dashboard summarizes findings of the questions asked in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 survey.
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.
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 and 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 and managed by the Get Georgia Reading Campaign. 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. 


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 Contact Information

Program Manager - Vacant 
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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