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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)


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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) are a multi-tiered continuum of supports for all students in the school environment. Supported by the Iowa Department of Education, PBIS provides schools with the framework and organizational plan to promote and maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence for all students.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs Technical Assistance Center on PBIS indicates there are 25,911 schools implementing PBIS in the United States and other countries including Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, and Canada. Since 2002, PBIS has continued to grow in Iowa. Currently, 689 schools are implementing PBIS in 217 districts around the state.


All Iowa learners will experience social emotional behavioral well-being and academic success through positive, predictable, safe and supportive environments.


The PBIS State Leadership Team will work collaboratively to build competency, ensure fidelity, and foster sustainability of a multi-tiered system for schools, families, and communities to support all learners.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is required to be a PBIS Iowa “trained” school?

  1. A representative, school-based PBIS Leadership Team has been established with supportive and involved administration.
  2. All team members have attended and completed the full school-wide training series as provided by a recognized state trainer.

What is required to be a PBIS Iowa PBIS Implementing school?

  1. The School-based PBIS Leadership Team fulfilled training requirements.
  2. Staff utilizes school-wide systems and practices that are developed and evaluated through a team based process.
  3. The school-based leadership team actively engages in data based decision making and meets deadlines for data submission each school year.