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Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS)

The Evolution of Discipline Practices: School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports (ARTICLE)

The article provides a thorough description of what PBIS is, how it is a proactive and less punitive approach to school discipline and how it has been applied in schools. It is useful to practitioners that are looking for examples of how to implement PBIS and seek to understand the rationale behind the steps of implementation.

Sugai, G., and Horner, R. “The Evolution of Discipline Practices: School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports.” Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 24(1), 2002: 23-50.

Applying Positive Behavioral Support and Functional Behavioral Assessment in Schools: Technical Assistance Guide (PDF)

The technical assistance guide provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and components of PBIS and functional behavior assessments (FBAs). The guide is useful for practitioners that seek to clarify their understandings about the purpose and use of PBIS and FBAs in practice.

George Sugai, Robert H. Horner, and others. "Applying Positive Behavioral Support and Functional Behavioral Assessment in Schools: Technical Assistance Guide," 1999.

IDEA, Positive Behavioral Supports, and School Safety (ARTICLE)

The article describes how PBIS was included in the 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and stresses the usefulness of PBIS for ensuring a free and appropriate education for students with disabilities and for protecting students at schools. The article is useful to practitioners and state and local education agencies that seek to understand the links between policy, practice and student outcomes.

Turnbull, R. H., Wilcox, B., and others. “IDEA, Positive Behavioral Supports, and School Safety.” Journal of Law and Education, 30(3), 2001: 445-503.

Positive Behavior Supports Core Messages (Website)

Communicates common or core messages to the field on selected topics that articulate critical research findings and essential components of the effective application of positive behavior supports. Additional resources are provided including websites, books, and practice guides. California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (November 2013).

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: History, Defining Features and Misconceptions (PDF)

The tool is a succinct and current discussion about how PBIS has developed since the 1980’s, how it is intended to be used and what common misperceptions about the system are. It is useful for practitioners who seek to understand the complexities and purposes of PBIS in practice.

Center for PBIS & Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: History, Defining Features and Misconceptions.” Paper 2012.