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 20011. 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)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)Individual schools must also complete similar documents for school level commitment.
- 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 –
West Area Coordinator –
KYCID Director –