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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

According to ODE website, Ohio's PBIS is a framework that guides school teams in the selection, integration and implementation of evidence-based practices for improving academic, social and behavior outcomes for all students. The PBIS process emphasizes four integrated elements: data for decision making, evidence based interventions and practices that support varying student needs (multi-tiered), systems that efficiently and effectively support implementation of these practices, and continual progress monitoring to ensure outcomes are met. 

PBIS is not a curriculum or a one-day training. PBIS is a systems change process that requires on-going commitment in order to create effective systems for teaching and addressing behavior and social-emotional skills.

Teaching Restart Expectations

Why is Teaching Restart Protocols Critical? 
When the school doors open to welcome students back, they will not be returning to the “same place” they left before the COVID-19 Pandemic. The spaces will look different, and the way everyone behaves, including the adults, will be different. This unknown has caused high levels of anxiety and fear. During this unprecedented restart, it is our ultimate responsibility to develop trusted relationships with positive, consistent environments for each child. All children, especially those with anxiety or exposure to trauma, benefit from the structure that routines provide. That is why it is essential to use proactive measures of teaching the student what behaviors are appropriate and expected. Read More Details
How to Teach the New COVID-19 Expectations
1) Create YOUR school list of expectations. We must teach the restart expectations and appropriate behavior as effectively as we teach academic skills. 
2) Create the Teaching Expectation Plan- Educators need to understand that just like academics, students require different approaches in order to learn how to use these newly created school behaviors.  
3) Practice makes perfect.  Some students will need more practice than their peers. Read More Details

Creating a Visual Demonstration of Protocols at Home and School  
Families also need to be part of the expectations for ensuring their children are ready to go to school each day.  Check out this video sample that your school could use or replicate to help families understand expectations of self checking for COVID-19 symptoms each day.  The ability to visualize the space of the schools and watch the demonstration of the new expected behaviors will lessen the anxiety of students and parents. Developing the trust of safety with the lives of their children is a critical first step. Read More Details

House Bill 318 Supporting Alternatives for Fair Education (SAFE) Act

Ohio enacted the Supporting Alternatives for Fair Education (SAFE) Act, House Bill 318. It is one of the strongest state laws in the country addressing multi-tiered behavioral supports in the interest of reducing disciplinary referrals, especially for prekindergarten through grade 3 students. This bill strengthens requirements for school districts to implement PBIS, social-emotional learning supports and trauma-informed practices. Supported by new legislative mandates, the Ohio Department of Education is enthusiastic to continue building statewide capacity to implement PBIS.  Ohio Department of Education has a variety of resources to assist in Creating Caring Communities.   

ODE PBIS Video Series Course

The PBIS Video Series Course: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS): It Takes the Whole Building course can be found on the Learning Management System (LMS) through ODE’s Safe Account. Instructions for navigating the LMS can be found here. The course is accessed through your educator’s OH|ID account. Participants can earn a (2) clock hour certificate to submit to their Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC).

For additional clarity, the course can count towards the HB 318 Requirements that districts provide professional development (PD) to administrators and teachers in buildings serving Pre-K through 3rd grade. The PBIS Videos Series course in the LMS can be used to support the district’s plans for PD as long as it is approved through the district’s LPDC. The updated LPDC document is listed on both the PBIS webpage and the Creating Caring Communities webpagePlease know that this course is not to take the place of the three-day PBIS team training for districts and teams.

HB 318 does not provide any requirements for time or content regarding PD. ODE put out guidance that recommends the PD is three hours over the course of the school year, but ultimately, it is up to the district and the LPDC to determine the requirements for the PD.

2022-2023 PBIS Recognition and Showcase Process

Schools and districts that would like to apply for 2022-2023 PBIS Recognition must complete an Intent to Apply Form by Feb. 27, 2023. The Intent to Apply Form is an online form that can be accessed by clicking on the designated State Support Team (SST) consultant in the 2022-2023 PBIS Recognition Award Application.  

Instructions for completing a fillable PDF form. 

To apply, download and save the 2022-2023 PBIS Recognition Award Application and complete the steps listed below. 

Application Submission Process 

  • Applicants must complete the required Intent to Apply Form, linked in the 2022-2023 PBIS Recognition Award Application, to their designated State Support Team (SST) consultant by Feb. 27, 2023.

  • Schools who submitted the Intent to Apply Form will be provided a link where they can submit the 2022-2023 PBIS Recognition Award Application  and related materials. The link will be provided by SST consultants to schools by March 3, 2023.
  • Schools must submit their application materials to their SST consultant (using the link provided) by May 1, 2023. 
  • SST consultants will review the applications from May 1 through Sept. 15. The revised scoring rubrics, which are available in the application, will be used to review submissions. 
  • The Department will send a letter of notification to all award recipients at the conclusion of the review process.  
Important note: Applicants can not submit any additional information once the application is submitted. The link will be “view only” and no late submissions will be accepted. 

Updates to Recognition Award System 

The Department and PBIS Network committed to examining and refining PBIS Recognition System processes to enhance the award system across the state. The updates below are effective the 2022-2023 school year.  

Intent to Apply Form 

  • Applicants must submit the Intent to Apply Form to their regional State Support Team (SST) consultant by Feb. 27, 2023. 
    •  The Intent to Apply Form can be found by clicking on their designated State Support Team (SST) consultant, linked in the application.

Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) Walkthrough

  • The TFI Walkthrough is no longer required by an outside facilitator.  

Self-Assessment Survey (SAS)

  • The application process requires a completed Self-Assessment Survey.

Student Outcome Data

  • The application process now requires a discipline data component. The Department will utilize discipline data from the Education Management Information System (EMIS).
    • Please note, the percentage of decrease is minimal for this school year but may increase or include other data measures in future years.

Scoring Rubric Evidence

  • The Department and the PBIS Network reduced and consolidated evidence for Tiers 1, 2 and 3 across all scoring rubrics. 

Electronic Submission

  • Applicants will initiate the electronic submission process once they complete an Intent to Apply Form. SST consultants will send a personalized link with the application package and additional guidance to applicants following this step. 
    • Non-electronic or paper copies are no longer permitted. 

Mixed Application Review

  • SST consultants from an outside region will review all applications to ensure consistency and fairness across the stateConsultants will not review applications from their own regions. 
  • Applicants cannot submit any additional information once the application is submitted. The link will be “view only” and no late submissions will be accepted.?

Determination of Recognition Awards

  • SST consultants will review the applications from May 1 through Sept. 15, 2023 using the revised scoring rubrics available in the application. The Department will send a letter of notification to all award recipients at the conclusion of the review process. 

District Awards

  • Once building awards are determined, the application process for district awards will be available. Districts may apply for a district award from Sept. 25 through Oct. 6, 2023.

  • Regional SST consultants will review their districts’ award application by Oct. 13, 2023. 

Appeals Process

  • There is no longer a formal appeals process.  

Additional Information 

Schools and districts may contact their regional State Support Team consultant or the Office of Whole Child Supports at [email protected] with questions or for additional information.  


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