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What is PBIS at the Universal Level?

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework for behavior made up of three areas of prevention: Universal, Targeted, and Intensive.  At the Universal Level, support strategies are created that are preventative and proactive apply to all students and staff.  During the Universal Training, school leadership teams come together to develop an implementation plan based on the following six components of PBIS implementation:

  1. Statement of Purpose
  2. 3-5 Behavioral Expectations
  3. Procedures for Teaching the Expected Behavior
  4. Procedures for Acknowledging Positive Behavior
  5. Procedures for Discouraging Problem Behavior
  6. Procedures for Record Keeping & Decision-making

Steps to Implementation:

Thank you for your interest in PBIS!  Please use this checklist to track completion of training and implementation readiness steps. This checklist needs to be submitted to Anne Dubie at [email protected] at least two weeks prior to training. If you have any questions, contact your VTPBIS State TA.

STEP 1: Learn More – Explore one or more of the following methods to learn about PBIS

  • Identify an exploration team, including an SU/District point of contact, building principal and other school personnel to:
  • You may also contact your VTPBIS State TA.
    • The VTPBIS Technical Assistance Person is a representative of the State VTPBIS Team who is available to help schools navigate the process of preparing for VTPIS School-Wide Implementation. You may contact the VTPBIS TA Person to seek assistance with the following:
      • Understanding which VTPBIS trainings and workshops to attend
      • Completing of the VTPBiS Readiness Checklist (included in the Intent to Implement Application)
      • Linking with other schools in Vermont who have implemented PBIS
      • Planning the VTPBIS presentation to school faculty and staff
      • Understanding and using the pre-implementation VTPBIS data tools (School-wide Evaluation Tool; Self-Assessment Survey, etc.)
      • …and More!!!
        • Once a school team has attended the VTPBIS Leadership Team training, coaching supports will be available to SU/Districts to provide more direct support and consultation around VTPBIS Implementation.
      • Download the VTPBIS State Regional Map to contact your state TA

STEP 2: Get Started

  • Watch VTPBIS “Getting to Readiness” Recorded Webinar (Optional)
    • This webinar will highlight strategies for getting to PBIS “readiness,” a prerequisite to implementation.
    • Note that some pieces of this webinar are out of date (i.e. coaches are no longer assigned to school, TAs have been updated, webinar/training dates are updated)

STEP 3: Complete Readiness Activities

STEP 4: Coordinator Orientation Webinar – Online Training

STEP 5: First Steps to Implementation – Online Training

  • As a leadership team, complete the VTPBIS First Steps to Implementation online module series.  The links to these modules will be sent to you after we receive your Intent to Implement Application.
  • Register and pay for your team to attend one of the Universal Trainings if you haven’t already done so; See Step 7.

STEP 6: VTPBIS Baseline Evaluations:

  • Complete your School-wide Evaluation Tool (SET) prior to attendance at the training;
  • Prepare your school staff to complete the online Self-Assessment Survey (SAS). You will be receiving your school’s account # and instructions for completing this survey.

STEP 7: Universal Leadership Team Training

STEP 8: Universal Learning Series – Recommended Professional Learning

For additional Professional Learning Opportunities, please visit our Professional Development Calendar or contact your SU/SD Coordinator, Coach, or State TA!


Want More Resources?

Watch a recorded webinar to get a better overview, review our training PowerPoint slides, or use any of our other implementation resources and tools to get started.