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PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. It is a national program that all three RUSD high schools are adopting. Some middle and elementary schools in the District have already implemented this program.

PBIS is a system of tools and strategies for defining, teaching, and acknowledging appropriate behavior. It is a framework for creating customized school systems that support student outcomes and academic success. -PBIS is for the whole school, it is preventative, and it changes the paradigm of focus from negative behaviors and exchanges to positive expectations and interactions.

There are four main elements in PBIS:

  • Data-based decision making, which is the corner stone of the behavior problem-solving process
  • Customized practices to support student behavior, such as defining and teaching appropriate behavior
  • Creation of systems to support educators in the school, such as school-wide behavioral expectations and indicators
  • These combine to enable school-wide outcomes, which promote social proficiency and academic success 

Diagram of Continuum of School-Wide Instructional & Positive Behavior Support 

Tier 3
1-5% of Students

Tier 2
5-10 %  

Tier 1



An important aspect of PBIS is the understanding that appropriate behavior and social competence is a skill that requires direct teaching to students just like math and reading. There is no assumption, in PBIS, that students will learn social behavior automatically or pick it up as they go through life. This critical feature in PBIS leads to its effectiveness. The PBIS committee will be designing mini lessons to be taught during homeroom. These lessons will be reinforced and retaught as needed.