What is PBIS?

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture that is needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success.PBIS is a framework that specifically outlines the expected behaviors of students and the expected behaviors are then taught and modeled to all students. As expected behaviors are observed by staff they are then rewarded. All expected behaviors are clearly defined on a behavior matrix and are posted throughout each school.

An example is a teacher complementing a student who is walking quietly in the hall instead of verbally queuing other students to be quiet.


Creating a positive school environment helps teachers and students. It helps teachers teach to their fullest and the students to learn to their fullest potential. The state of Illinois also has developed social and emotional standards that all schools must follow, and PBIS meets the criteria for delivering these standards to students.

-Information provided by Illinois PBIS Network