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2013-14 Recognition of Fidelity

The list of schools that achieved fidelity for the 2013-14 school year has been completed!  Click here to see who those schools are.  We will be sending out stickers to those schools that have achieved fidelity in the past and will send banners to those that this is their first year of fidelity.  Please contact us at 502-223-9932 or email Mike Waford at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you have any questions or concerns.



Dear Colleagues,

The Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline (KYCID) is excited to invite schools and districts to consider participating in professional development for implementation of School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). We will soon be announcing training for fall 2014. Many of you viewed Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools from the Kentucky Department of Education at the beginning of school this year. Most of the schools featured in that presentation were participants in training provided by KYCID. There is no cost for the training or materials. Any others expenses for participants to attend training or for implementation are the responsibility of the district or school.


What is PBIS?

The purpose of PBIS is to support academic achievement by eliminating behavior as a barrier to learning.

Improving student academic and behavior outcomes is about ensuring all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavioral practices and interventions possible. SWPBS provides an operational framework for achieving these outcomes. More importantly, SWPBS is NOT a curriculum, intervention, or practice, but IS a decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students.   Over 400 schools in the Commonwealth and 18,000 nation-wide have participated in implementation of the PBIS framework.


            Benefits of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

            For schools implementing PBIS, the average reductions over for Office Discipline Referrals over 5 years Schools

            Office Discipline Referrals have dropped over five years: Elementary -11%, Middle School – 14%, High Schools – 15%.

Reductions have occurred for: # of suspensions, # of students and # of days.

Reductions in suspension events

- 45% for Elementary over 5 years

-7.1% for Middle over 3 years

-38% for High over 5 years

Reductions in suspension days

- 27% for Elementary over 5 years

-19% for Middle over 3 years

-27.6% for High over 5 years

Reductions in # of students

- 21.5% for Elementary over 5 years

-13.5% for Middle over 3 years

-31.5% for High over 5 year

(Data Source: PBIS/SWIS)

There was a state wide reduction of 4,000+ student suspensions from 2009 to 2011.   One third of the reductions (33%) were from only 118 PBIS schools.      (KDE Learning Environment and Safety Data)

Comparison of suspension data from the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years shows that schools implementing PBIS with fidelity for 3 years had a reduction in suspensions that was double other comparable districts: 13.68% versus 6.75%.


Specifically what is required to participate in PBIS professional development?

Commitment to the process of change is the most important feature of effective and sustainable PBIS implementation. We have learned the following criteria are essential to success with the process:

  1. 1)There must be strong district level support. It is necessary for districts to complete the Readiness Checklist and for the superintendent to sign a Commitment to Success Agreement. In addition, there must be a district level implementation team that attends a 2 hour overview and agrees to meet quarterly to support schools implementing the PBIS framework.
  2. 2)Individual schools must also complete similar documents for school level commitment.
  3. 3)The collection, analysis and utilization of discipline data is a fundamental component forSchools must have and produce monthly data reports with both charts and graph on 5 major outcomes relative to discipline.

             The documents necessary for this process are available on this website under the “Getting Started” tab at the top of the page. Please follow the “Getting Started Checklist.” Any specific questions are welcome and can be addressed by contacting any of the following KYCID Staff members:

                                East Area Coordinator – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

                                West Area Coordinator – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or

                                KYCID Director – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Consider this quote from "Cage-Busting Leadership" 
by Frederick M. Hess
Harvard Education Press:

"What percentage of your teacher's time is currently spent trying to get unruly kids to behave? If you don't know, that's a problem. Find out. If it is 10 percent of their time, cutting that in half in a school with forty teachers is like adding two full-time positions--or about $140,000. That's right; improving student discipline is like getting an extra $140,000 a year." (pg. 71) 



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2013-2014 Coaching Calendar

We have created a new 2013-2014 KY PBIS Network Coaches Calendar that you can upload in the presentation resources and documents section under Coaches Calendars.  Click here to go to that link so you can view and print your own copy of this calendar.  On this calendar, you will find important dates that will help guide you through the next school year as you implement PBIS in your schools.  We hope that you will find this helpful.  Thank you.



Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline (KYCID) 

Our mission is to train and support schools in the implementation of positive, proactive, and instructional strategies so students become self-disciplined, responsible, and productive members of the Commonwealth.

Our Goals:  

  • Enhance schools' ability to achieve proficiency
  • Involve families, schools, community, and related agencies to understand and support the model
  • Promote healthy school climate and effective school leadership
  • Support creation of local and regional capacity to implement and sustain the model
  • Utilize on-going data collection for decision-making on multiple levels.

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KYCID Promotes District Wide implementation of PBIS

Implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is more effective and sustainable when there is a district level leadership team.  There are currently 37 districts and 6 district demonstration sites for the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.  See district wide implementation of PBIS for more information.


A positive, proactive and instructional approach
to school-wide behavior management.

Kentucky Center For Instructional Discipline
33 Fountain Place
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone/Fax: 502-223-9932
e-mail: tamara.kendrick@eku.edu