Positive Behavior Support
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and PA’s Chapter 14 Special Education Regulations emphasize that student behavior should not interfere with learning. School districts are responsible for providing safe learning environments to protect the rights of students. Discipline efforts must be focused on designing and implementing a positive and proactive school-wide behavior support system for all students, effective instruction/class-wide management systems, and intensive individualized approaches for students with chronic behavioral difficulties.
In line with this, Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is an evidence-based, cost- effective, systems approach for establishing the social culture needed for schools to be effective learning environments for all students. PBS helps schools teach students expected behaviors/social skills, provides supports for behavioral health and academics, and emphasizes data-based decision-making. PBS uses the three- tiered approach of universal interventions (for all students and settings), secondary interventions (for students who are at-risk), and tertiary interventions (for individual students needing specialized assistance).
For additional information and access to resources, contact:
Lisa Anderson, ARIN IU 28 Behavior Consultant