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The PBIS Team Handbook

Setting Expectations and Building Positive Behavior


This helpful handbook provides solid, detailed guidelines for implementing and sustaining schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports. Full of engaging anecdotes from expert PBIS coaches, this comprehensive resource helps PBIS teams overcome the obstacles of staff buy-in and offers solutions for sustaining a successful program at your school. Customizable forms, checklists, and graphic organizers will help chart, manage, and interpret data with ease.

Positive school climates are not achieved through suspensions, detentions, calls to parents, or visits to the principal’s office. Rather, lasting change is achieved through collective analysis and data-driven decision making.

Downloadable digital content includes a PDF presentation and customizable forms from the book.

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ISBN: 978-1-57542-469-9
Audience: K–12 PBIS coaches and team members, including special educators, teachers, paraprofessionals, school psychologists, social workers, counselors, administrators, parents, and other school staff members
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 208
Digital Content: Includes a PDF presentation and customizable forms from the book
Praise for The PBIS Team Handbook
The PBIS Team Handbook is the new go-to guide for PBIS coaches and administrators. It not only gives you step-by-step instructions on how to fully and successfully implement the program in your building, but it also breaks it down and humanizes the process. It provides many practical forms that can be used by PBIS teams and coaches. The handbook makes you think of not only the impact on your students, but also the impact on members of your team and teachers and staff in your building. This is a must-read—no matter what stage you are at in PBIS implementation.”—Cristina Dobon-Claveau, district PBIS coordinator, Western Placer Unified School District in Lincoln, California

“This book is a very accessible summary of the process of implementing and sustaining schoolwide PBIS. It addresses the best practices in PBIS from the perspective of people who have been involved with it on the ground level and who are willing to offer advice on issues that implementers often face. Teachers and others involved in implementation will find the insights of the authors helpful as they undertake their own journey to support meaningful behavioral outcomes for students. A must-have for PBIS team members in schools.”—Kevin J. Filter, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, Minnesota State University, Mankato

“Changing behaviors in students can be difficult; however, changing the way adults view those behaviors is a challenge. This book takes teams through a step-by-step process that not only implements but also provides the tools needed to sustain a schoolwide behavioral support system in order to build an environment in which teachers can teach and students can learn.”—Amy Piotrowski, special education coordinator at Chanhassen Elementary, Chaska Middle School East, and Integrated Arts Academy

“As a districtwide PBIS coach, I don’t know how many times I wished for a condensed manual to guide me through the process of working with the fourteen buildings on my team. Each building was at a different place with implementation, some just starting and several were four years in. It can be a challenge to meet such varying needs. The PBIS Team Handbook is a lifesaver for both newbies and veterans.”—Katy Cummins-Bakko, district PBIS coach, Robbinsdale Area Schools

“No school counselor should be without it!”—Council for Exceptional Children 

“What a terrific resource! I've been involved in PBIS for the last decade in two different schools and now I have stepped up to the role of PBIS coach and this book helped me realize that I didn't have a strong understanding of what PBIS was and what it wasn't. I now have a clearer picture of the direction I need to lead my school in!”—Melissa Amory, kindergarten teacher and PBIS coach
Teacher-Tested Strategies for Your Behavior Intervention Toolbox

Every teacher should have a toolbox filled with their go-to strategies for managing the classroom and helping students be ready for activities. I have a few that I keep in my toolbox, always at the ready for whatever behavior gets thrown at me. Here’s what I recommend adding to your toolbox of strategies:
  1. Routines. At the beginning of the school year, teach students all your classroom routines and procedures, then practice and practice again. It cuts down on a lot of “I don’t know what to do” conversations when students know the routines.
  2. Precorrection. It sounds backward, but it is a very simple procedure every teacher should be doing. After you have taught all the routines for your classroom, use precorrection to get students ready for the next activity. For example, before going to lunch you can say, “Remember how we walk in the hallway? Who can remind us in case we forgot?” and have a student demonstrate for the class.
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