Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)

The Maine Department of Education has partnered with the University of Maine system to provide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) training and coaching for schools and districts throughout the state. 

PBIS is a multi-tiered approach to supporting the social, emotional and behavioral development of students in K-12 settings. The purpose of PBIS is to improve the social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups. The graphic below highlights the PBIS tiered approach to social, emotional and behavioral supports.  

The graphic below, from the National PBIS Technical Assistance Center, shows the three tiers of this systematic approach.  Tier 1 includes universal preventative and proactive school-wide and classroom practices for all students and educators within the school environment.  During tier 2, groups of students at-risk for negative social, emotional, and/or behavior outcomes are provided interventions.  For students who are unresponsive to supports from tier 1 or 2, individualized and intensive interventions are designed in tier 3.

PBIS graphic


PBIS Information & Resources

Maine PBIS

Northeast PBIS

PBIS Technical Assistance Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)

Briefs from throughout the United States highlighting the effectiveness of PBIS in schools & districts

Integrating Equity and PBIS Efforts at the District Level

PBIS Technical Guide

Supporting Students with Disabilities at School & Home: A Guide for Teachers to Support Families & Students