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PBS is a systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools to educate all students, especially students with challenging social behaviors, by establishing clearly defined outcomes that relate to academic and social behavior.

In addition, PBS is a broad range of systematic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behavior. PBS is an integration of valued outcomes, science of human behavior, validated procedures, and systems change.

It is a proactive systems approach to school-wide discipline designed to be responsive to current social and educational challenges.  It is an instructional focus where emphasis is placed on:

  • Teaching behavioral expectations directly
  • Teaching social behaviors like academic skills
  • Maximizing academic engagement and success
  • Considering the influence of instructional support