What is PBIS?

Vermont Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (VTPBiS) is a State-wide effort designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students.


Schools in Vermont are engaged in using a formal system of positive behavioral supports in their schools. Involved schools who implement PBIS with fidelity and integrity see a dramatic decrease in the number of behavior problems experienced in their schools. Additionally, students in these schools enjoy greater levels of support and inclusion than those in comparative schools who do not use a system of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.


What are people saying about Vermont Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (VTPBiS)?


“The children in our school are much more excited to come to school every day!”

“Our school has been transformed!”


“We have multiple ways to recognize positive student behavior.”

“Faculty are overheard laughing in the hallways after school and they volunteer to help more frequently.”


“The students are taking more responsibility for themselves and their school environment.”

“Students, parents and teachers have all commented on how much they like PBIS and see great value in how it has improved school climate.”


“PBIS has given us a structure for our behavior system that we continue to develop and improve with each school year. There is more consistency and responsiveness, as well as data to direct our focus for improvement.”



Learn more about the GEMS PBIS program here.

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