Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) - (Coser 551.050)Contact Information:Dola Deloff, Director of Instructional Support ServicesPhone: (845) 295-4022 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org"Preparing youth for the challenges of life."Positive Behavior Support is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools to design effective environments that improve the fit or link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs. Attention is focused on treating and sustaining primary (school wide), secondary (targeted groups), and tertiary (intensive individual) systems of support. The outcome is to improve school learning and the social and emotional environment for all children and youth by making problem behavior less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional. Research and experience has taught us that systematically teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a more effective approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. It also establishes a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. By participating in this Coser, districts will receive training and support with collecting and analyzing appropriate data for decision making, understanding and implementing PBIS, alternatives to exclusionary practices, integration of other initiatives (RTI), team development and maintenance, classroom observations to assist with challenging student behaviors and other supports as deemed appropriate.