Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

Tracey Lamothe
Instructional Specialist


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a comprehensive framework that guides school and district teams on implementing support systems to achieve academically and behaviorally important outcomes for all students. The multi-tiered approach promotes adopting a continuum of evidence-based practices, effectively using data to make decisions, and using a team-based instructional approach to prevent behavioral problems. 

C.E.S. offers training for school-based teams following the National Technical Assistance Center on PBIS model that supports the development of sustainable systems over a three-year training period. The three-year training process, a reflection of research of systemic change, offers the opportunity for schools to build lasting, flexible structures to address changing needs over time. As a result of participation, school-based teams increase their capacity to select and monitor practices, effectively use data as a guide for decision-making and build multi-tiered systems of support for all students, staff and families in the school community.

Over 60 schools from 11 districts in the C.E.S region have successfully participated in PBIS team training with C.E.S. There are well over 200 PBIS schools in Connecticut and over 20,000 nationally. C.E.S. initiated a regional PBIS Coaches Network in 2013 - 2014 to provide ongoing support for all school-based teams.

Outcomes Associated with Implementation of PBIS

Schools that establish systems with the capacity to implement SWPBS (School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) with integrity and durability have teaching and learning environments that

  • Are less reactive, aversive, dangerous, and exclusionary
  • Are more engaging, responsive, preventative, and productive
  • Are able to address classroom management and disciplinary issues (e.g. attendance, tardies, antisocial behavior)
  • Improve supports for students whose behaviors require more specialized assistance (e.g. emotional and behavioral disorders, mental health)
  • Most importantly, maximize academic engagement and achievement for all students

PBIS Systems Support

  • Fidelity of implementation of Connecticut's SRBI (Scientific Research-Based Interventions) Framework (CT SDE, August, 2008)
  • Bullying prevention and positive school climate training requirements
  • Teacher evaluation expectations
    • o    High-quality instruction is an evidence-based classroom management strategy
    • o    Positive behavior practices contribute to rapport between students and staff

PBIS Training Through C.E.S.

PBIS Schedule for 2017-2018

Year 1 Forms:

School Registration Instructions
Statement of Assurances
School Registration Form 

Year 2 School Registration form

Year 3 School Registration form

 Deadline for 2017-2018 registration is June 16, 2017

For new districts, please contact Tracey Lamothe at e-mail address above.  



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