Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Positive Youth Development

 Positive behavior interventions and supports are strategies employed by schools to effectively expect, teach, and encourage pro-social behavior in classrooms and school-wide. A positive approach includes a focus on prevention, early intervention, teamwork between all adults working with students, meeting student needs, building a positive school climate, and more!

Positive youth development (PYD) refers to intentional efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for youth to enhance their interests, skills, and abilities.  Using PYD strategies, schools can give students the chance to build skills, choose healthy lifestyles, exercise leadership, and participate in their communities to optimize developmental progress and promote academic achievement.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

PBIS is an operational framework for achieving academic and behavior outcomes for all students. It ensures all students have access to effective and accurate instructional and behavioral practices as well as interventions. PBIS is not a curriculum, intervention, or practice but is a decision-making framework using data to guide selection, integration, and implementation of evidence-based academic and behavior best practices.

Texas Behavior Support Initiative Training
The Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI) training is designed to provide foundational knowledge for the use of positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) for all students, including those with disabilities. While the TBSI training meets legislative requirements related to procedures for the use of restraint and time-out, it also provides a framework for sharing a wide range of foundation-level behavior strategies and prevention-based school-wide, classroom, and individual interventions.

The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF)

The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) is a structure and process to integrate Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and School Mental Health (SMH) within school systems. The goal is to blend resources, training, systems, data, and practices to improve outcomes for all children and youth. There is an emphasis on prevention, early identification, and intervention of the social, emotional, and behavior needs of students. Family and community partner involvement is critical to this framework. The Midwest PBIS Network page has a variety of resources, training materials, tools and recorded Webinars.

Restorative Justice / Restorative Practices

Restorative Discipline Practices (RDP) in Texas began in the Fall of 2015. The Texas Education Agency partnered with the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work to participate in a statewide roll out.

The approach fosters belonging over exclusion, social engagement over control, and meaningful accountability over punishment.  It is a trauma-informed practice. Integrating Positive and Restorative Practices to Supporting Student Behavior is a training available at the 20 ESCs that has been designed to help schools develop RD practices within a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework. For more information visit:

Texas Education Agency:  http://tea.texas.gov/Restorative_Discipline

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions*

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) has been found to dramatically reduce discipline referrals, detentions and suspensions in many schools and is listed as an EBP in the California Child Welfare System.  This is a technology for giving students practice at implementing problem solving skills.  It includes an assessment of lagging skills to inform collaborative planning with the student to improve skills. It is strengths-based, structured, and collaboratively measures progress using youth voice in the intervention.

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development provides a registry of evidence-based positive youth development programs designed to promote the health and well-being of children and teens. Blueprints programs are family, school, and community-based and target all levels of need — from broad prevention programs that promote positive behaviors while decreasing negative behaviors, to highly-targeted programs for at-risk children and troubled teens that get them back on track.

The Search Institute – Developmental Assets

This Website includes free downloads of the Developmental Assets and activities to promote them. The REACH System provides tools for classroom activities to measure and improve academic motivation.  It examines social and emotional factors such as Relationships, Effort, aspirations, Cognition, and Hearth along with other key variables that affect student motivation and engagement. Keep Connected is a parent engagement program for schools.

Youth Thrive

This Website includes professional development on key youth development concepts for educators and other adults who are supporting positive youth development. The resources include briefs for understanding adolescent development, advancing adolescent development and wellbeing, helping adolescents overcome trauma and thrive, promoting protective and promotive factors, building cognitive and social-emotional competence in youth, understanding social connections, concrete supports in times of need and other systems change and policy resources on youth development.

Putting Positive Youth Development into Practice: A resource guide

This resource guide presents the principles of positive youth development and was published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Family and Youth Services Bureau.

Families And Schools Together (FAST)

A multifamily group intervention program designed to build protective factors for children, empower parents to be primary prevention agents, and to build supportive parent-to-parent groups. The program is rated Effective by the National Institute of Justice.

Office of Juvenile Justice Prevention

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Model Programs Guide (MPG) contains information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs. It is a resource for practitioners and communities about what works, what is promising, and what does not work in juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, and child protection and safety.

Prevention and Early Intervention Programs – Department of Family and Protective Services

PEI contracts with community-based programs and agencies to provide a variety of services that help prevent abuse, neglect, delinquency, and truancy of Texas children. Services are free of charge and participation is voluntary. Not all services are available in all Texas communities. Many services include counseling, such as Services to At Risk Youth (STAR), and can be coordinated to be provided on the school campus.  PEI does not provide housing, transportation, or any services outside of the scope contracted by local providers. Search here to find out which PEI programs are available in your county.

Contact Information
Julie Wayman, Mental/Behavioral Health Coordinator