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PBIS/Olweus Bullying Programs

Coser 551.050

"Preparing youth for the challenges of life."

Positive Behavior Interventions & Support (PBIS) 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 occur. Attention is focused on creating 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 have 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. Training will be offered on-site, job-embedded, and at the BOCES facility. 

Coser 551.330

The Olweus Prevention Program is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed and evaluated for all grade levels. The Program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors such as vandalism and truancy. The Program has been implemented around the world and in thousands of schools in the United States. 


Maria Sommer, 
Assistant Superintendent
Phone: (845) 295-4053​​​​​​​