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What is Positive Behavior Support or PBS?

"Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) is a general term that refers to the application of positive behavioral interventions and systems to achieve socially important behavior change. Positive behavioral support is not a new intervention package, nor a new theory of behavior, but an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the fit or link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs." (Sugai, et, all, 1999).


Kirksville R-III School District Positive Behavior Support

Positive Behavior Support is a system for structuring the learning environment to support the academic and social success of all students. Clearly defined universal behavioral expectations and the resulting common language used by all school staff in all settings and buildings:

  • Increases use of appropriate behaviors
  • Increases student time in academic instruction
  • Supports a positive learning and working climate
  • Creates a more predictable learning environment Pre K-12
  • Fosters improved communication among students, faculty, staff, parents and community
  • Efficiently provides extra supports for at-risk student populations.
  • Increases efficient use of resources.
  • Helps promote a safe social and academic environment.

Therefore, Positive Behavior Support addresses all aspects of the Kirksville R-III  District Mission statement where all students will achieve their potential and become productive citizens.