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PBIS (Positive Behaviorial Interventions & Supports): Introduction & Implementation

EDUC 600




Instructor: Tammy Berg

Grading: Letter or S/U

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $345

Class Offered Through S.C.T. Continuing Education Services

Course Description:

One of the foremost advances in school-wide discipline is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support. Schools that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors are seeing a shift to a more positive school environment. Instead of using a piecemeal approach of individual behavioral management plans, schools that are embracing PBIS / PBS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) are offering a continuum of positive behavior support for all students within a school in both classroom and non-classroom settings. This course introduces the components of PBIS as well as some preliminary steps to implement it within one’s school. In addition, this course also focuses specifically on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve desired behavior. The projected outcome of this course is to provide classroom teachers with the knowledge, understanding, and methodologies needed to improve education for ALL students within the PBIS System. School personnel that are in the preliminary stages of bringing PBIS into their buildings, may benefit from taking this course with multiple members of their leadership team. 


As a result of participation in this course, students will:

1. Examine how PBIS and RTI can work together and independently within the school setting.
2. Discuss how to define, teach, acknowledge, and measure the positive social behavior in a school.
3. Classify how to understand and use data to monitor the systemic management of student behavior.
4. Review a pragmatic, evidence-based approach to organizational change in the area of behavior.
5. Plan how to organize the necessary development, definition, and implementation of a behavior plan that enhances school climate.
6. Identify the systems approach to PBIS.
7. Recall the four components of PBIS.
8. Show how to use benchmarks of quality for school wide PBIS.
9. Characterize how to incorporate bullying prevention in PBIS.
10. Create action plans and evaluate implementation at the school, state and/or district level.
11. Research how to use self-assessment measures to monitor if effective classroom management practices are in place.
12. Conclude how the PBIS team can work together systematically to implement the positive behavior supports within the school setting.

Text / Readings:

The required reading is found in the following texts and article reprints:

Colvin, Geoffrey  (2007).  7 Steps for Developing a Proactive Schoolwide Discipline Plan: A Guide for Principals and Leadership Teams.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

About The Instructor

Tammy Berg
Tammy Berg

Tammy Berg has earned her M.S. in Education and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Tammy is a licensed school counselor in Wisconsin. She has over 14 years of experience in school counseling.


**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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