Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)


PBIS is a nationally-recognized approach to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for all students.


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) helps teachers and administrators learn about and implement new techniques that reduce disruptive student behavior, which typically leads to office referrals, in school suspensions, and out-of-school suspensions that decrease instructional time for students.  Based on extensive research, PBIS utilizes a positive approach to discipline.  PBIS ultimately impacts the very culture of the school to shift attention to positive behavior and successful learning systems for children, teachers and administrators.

PBIS is not a specific intervention or curriculum. Through focused attention on data collection and analyses, PBIS provides a framework of proactive, evidence-based prevention and intervention behavioral strategies that aid schools in defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors in a positive school culture. (Source: Virginia Department of Education.)

  • Broad range of systemic and individualized strategies for helping schools achieve positive social and academic outcomes

  • Program implementation in place at 20 schools and in the Newport News Public Schools’ Early Childhood Centers

  • Professional development and technical assistance provided by the Virginia Department of Education through the William and Mary and Old Dominion University T-TACs (Training and Technical Assistance Centers)

  • Teams of stakeholders at each school site manage the implementation process at each school

  • We understand that students are faced with many challenges and need support for various reasons. NNPS supports students through academic tutoring, mentoring, crisis support, and assistance for a variety of social and emotional needs. For example, we provide support for students dealing with homelessness, family conflict, or whose parents are deployed.

Questions? Contact Jaraun Ransome, Supervisor, Youth Development at (757) 591-4647.