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What is PBIS? 

PBIS refers to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, which encompasses “a range of research-based strategies used to increase quality of life and decrease problem behavior by teaching new skills and making changes in a person's environment” (APBS, 2014). 

Positive behavioral interventions and support combines: 

  • valued outcomes
  • behavioral and biomedical science
  • validated procedures
  • systems change 

to enhance quality of life and reduce problem behaviors. 

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) is most often associated with applications in schools. However, these strategies can also be found in a variety of settings and with a variety of individuals. 

PBIS has been used in early childhood centers, residential treatment settings, juvenile justice facilities, communities, and homes. PBIS strategies have been shown to benefit individuals, small groups, large groups, and entire communities, and are effective with individuals of all ages and abilities. 

Here at Tyndall we believe that appropriate behavior must be taught and practiced. We set behavioral expectations around the acronym SOAR: Safe, Owning Choices, Actively engaged, and Respectful. These expectations are spelled out in all areas of the campus and are reinforced continuously. Students are acknowledged and rewarded for making good choices and putting the SOAR expectations into action. Students and classes earn tokens called ICUs: “I see you” doing something good. Those tokens are then turned in for weekly drawings and recognition. Quarterly we have celebrations to acknowledge the good behavior happening at our school. Positive reinforcement has proven to have far better results than negative. 

A PBS team meets monthly to review discipline data, identify areas of need, and to plan activities and interventions for the school at large, groups of students, and individuals. This program, along with with our character education curriculum, helps foster an inclusive, respectful, and safe environment for everyone to learn and work. 

PBIS is a nationwide program that is promoted here in Florida through the University of South Florida. We are proud to have been recognized as a Model School for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. For more information about Florida’s Positive Behavior Support Project, go to