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Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a systemic approach to proactive, school-wide behavior based on a Response to Intervention (RtI) model. PBIS applies evidence-based programs, practices and strategies for all students to increase academic performance, improve safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school culture. Schools implementing PBIS build on existing strengths, complementing and organizing current programming and strategies. The PBIS model has been successfully implemented in thousands of schools in over 40 states, resulting in dramatic reductions in disciplinary interventions and increases in academic achievement. Data-based decision making is a hallmark of PBIS, allowing successes to be easily shared with all relevant stakeholders.

Wisconsin PBIS Network

The Wisconsin PBIS Network ( is a collaborative project between DPI and the 12 CESAs to provide high quality PBIS professional development and technical assistance regionally throughout Wisconsin. The Wisconsin PBIS Network operates within the Wisconsin RtI Center ( to help Wisconsin schools implement and sustain Response to Intervention (RtI) systems to support the behavioral and academic needs of ALL students. An advisory group that includes educators and other stakeholder groups helps to guide the PBIS initiative. For more information on PBIS in Wisconsin, please visit the Wisconsin PBIS Network at

PBIS Network

National PBIS Resources


For questions about PBIS in Wisconsin, contact Nic Dibble, School Social Work Consultant, 608-266-0963 or Lynn Winn, School Improvement Initiatives Consultant, 608-267-3748.