Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports


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Behavioral management is a focused topic in schools. Educators and administrators are always looking for additional tools and resources to help manage their students' behavior.

"If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we… teach? …punish? Why can’t we finish the last sentence as automatically as we do the others?" -Tom Herner (NASDE President, 1998)

Traditional methods, such as punishment-based strategies, do not seem to encourage student to behave appropriately. Through the use of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, educators can promote positive student behavior.

The Purpose

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This mini-course will help educators, administrators, and school personnel understand what PBIS is and how to successfully use it with their intended students. An educational environment in which students have no motivation or incentives to do well, or do the correct thing, can be boring and can have negative effects on the learning process. All educators should understand the applications associated with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

Topics to be covered:

What is PBIS?

What are some examples of PBIS?

What are the pros and cons of using PBIS?

Why is PBIS important and relevant to educators?

What are some tips for successfully implementing PBIS?

Needs Assessment

Instructional Problem

As times change, so does the population of our students. Students require constant need for attention, which may lead students to misbehave in seek of such attention and feedback, without knowing how to do it positively. The problem that some teachers may face is the frustration of why students do not behave well on their own. One potential reason could be the lack of values taught at home, in the community, or lack of motivation to have good behavior. Using punishment-based strategies to handle misbehavior have proven to not be beneficial or effective.

Teachers may lack the knowledge and resources on how to support positive behavior. The goal is to motivate students to begin doing the right thing, so they eventually can do it without supports and rewards, such as using scaffolding in the classroom.

What is to be Learned

Learners will learn components of PBIS and why it is used. Learners will learn how to effectively implement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports with their students.


The main goal of this mini-course is for participates to gain a better understanding of the negative effects of punishment-based behavior management and the positive effects of using Positive Based Interventions and Supports. Another goal of this mini-course would be to provide the learners the tools necessary so they can effectively develop and implement Positive Based Interventions and Supports if they deem it necessary for their intended population of students.

Performance Objectives

After completing this course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the concept and process of PBIS.
  • Interpret the advantages and challenges of using PBIS in academic settings.
  • Analyze their current behavior management strategies in order to make potential changes.
  • Develop a Positive Behavior Intervention plan for their current population of students.

Instructional Units

Unit 1: Advantages and Challenges of Using PBIS

  • Learners will identify the advantages and challenges of using PBIS.

Lesson 1: Analyzing PBIS

  • Learners will analyze what PBIS is through videos and written examples.

Lesson 2: Identifying Advantages and Challenges of PBIS.

  • Learners will identify the advantages and challenges of using PBIS.

Unit 2: Is PBIS a Good Fit for You and Your Students?

  • Learners will identify areas in which PBIS could be beneficial for their students and will determine if PBIS would be effective or not with their students.

Unit 3: Creating a PBIS Plan

  • Learners will create a potential PBIS opportunity for their students.


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