Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports


Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions & Support (PBIS) is a proactive, team-based framework for creating and sustaining safe and effective schools.  Emphasis is placed on prevention of problem behaviors, development of pro-social skills, and the use of data-based problem solving for addressing existing behavior concerns.  School wide PBIS increases the capacity of schools to educate all students utilizing evidence-based school-wide, classroom, and individualized interventions.  

PBIS directly aligns with our Hood River County School District 20/20 Vision, particularly the commitments to:

  • Ensure students are safe, known, and accepted;

  • Utilize research-based best practices for designing and delivering instruction;

  • Identify, intervene, and monitor the progress of struggling students early, with great intensity, and for as long as it takes;

  • Engage our diverse and committed community as partners in ensuring equity and excellence in student learning and growth.

Students learn best when they are engaged participants in the classroom, and teachers are most effective when they are able to focus on instruction rather than responding to behavior.  The PBIS framework integrates four critical elements designed to keep students learning in the classroom with teachers focused on instruction.

Four Critical Elements of PBIS


Written policies, procedures, and expectations are some of the systems put in place by schools implementing PBIS. These systems help maintain a consistent approach to behavior.


The data collected helps school teams make informed decisions about managing behavior and measuring outcomes. The data is also used to find the right mix of practices and systems for each school.


Lessons explicitly teaching desirable behavior help students to understand what is expected of them. Likewise, educators follow a set of ‘best-practices’ that have been identified for their school. These practices keep both students and staff moving forward with PBIS.


The results of PBIS can be measured by both academic and behavioral changes in students. These outcomes are measured using the PBIS data collected and academic achievement data.


Adapted from PBIS Handbooks produced by the following schools:

Cascade Locks Elementary School, Cascade Locks, OR

Durham Elementary School, Tigard, OR

Lemonweir Elementary School, Tomah, WI

Pittsfield Elementary School, Ann Arbor, MI