Tuesday, March 21, 2017

School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

EDUC 645 School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Shannon Mersand
Summer: June 12 - August 4, 2017

Learn how to

  • Create a positive school culture to increase student engagement and success
  • Establish a school-wide plan for cultural norms and behaviors
  • Create a data-driven plan using three-level interventions to address student behavior, eliminate behavioral distractions and monitor progress
Each school has a unique climate and needs which cannot be addressed by a one-size fits all approach.

Who Should Enroll?

  • PK-12 classroom teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • School library media specialists
  • Guidance counselors
  • School psychologists
  • Principals
  • Leadership teams


Principles of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS). Roles and functions of the school-wide PBIS team, action planning for sustainable practices, data management systems/tools, and data analysis for planning three-level interventions and monitoring progress.
This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. 
You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university.

Our Students Say

"I think the University of Wisconsin Stout online program provides students with excellent instruction in a user-friendly way."
~ Cheryl Diviney, New Jersey
"This course has really put pieces of the PBIS puzzle together for me. I didn’t realize that the behavior system our high school had been implementing was really PBIS. This course allowed me to visualize and reflect upon what we are already doing within our school, as well as look at changes that may need to be implemented."
~ Jennifer Staidl, Menomonie, Wisconsin


An e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.
Colvin, G. (2007). 7 Steps for Developing a Proactive School-wide Discipline Plan: A Guide for Principals and Leadership Teams. Corwin Press. ISBN: 978-1412950985
If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from amazon.com as a new or used paperback.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe essential elements of a proactive school-wide discipline plan.
  2. Justify multiple rationales for school-wide behavior expectations and implementation of PBIS in PK-12 schools.
  3. Analyze school-wide behavior expectations for major common areas in the school and individual classrooms.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of preventative and remedial strategies to teach social skills to at-risk students.
  5. Develop systematic three-level school-wide behavioral interventions.
  6. Interpret progress monitoring graphs and communicate ongoing measurement for school-wide behavioral interventions and supports.
  7. Develop school-wide recognition plans.
  8. Critically analyze building and classroom practices and viewpoints regarding PBIS.
  9. Apply essential principles of PBIS, varied assessments, and interventions for the purposes to solve school-wide and classroom behavior problems.

Alignment with State and National Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards 3, 4
Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 3, 5, 8, 9, 10
International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers 2d
No travel to campus is required.
Participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions. 
This is not a self-paced course.

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The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

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Contact Us: School of Education
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693
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