School-wide Positive Behavior Support – Universal Level Training

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School-wide training for implementing PBIS at the whole school levelteachers at a computer


Universal Team:

  • Administrator
  • General Education Staff
  • Special Education Staff
  • Parents
  • Classified Staff
  • Students
  • (10-14 members)


Universal Training is two solid days from  8:30 a.m.  to 4 p.m.

School must supply:

  • 10 feet of bulletin board paper per school
  • Post-it notes (one pad per participant)
  • Poster board (two or three per school)
  • Markers (one box per 5 participants)
  • A presentation time of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. works best.
  • A link will be sent for the booklet required for this training. You will need to print a booklet for each participant
  • Dr. Riffel will link the PowerPoint presentation the day of the training for participants.
  • Classroom style setting for participants (they will be writing and participating in group discussions.)
  • If more than 50 participants, Dr. Riffel will need a lavaliere (lapel) microphone and the ability to link to a sound system for video clips that illustrate specific points. (Dr. Riffel cannot hold a microphone for an extended period of time or stand in one place as she demonstrates with actual materials and through audience interaction.)
  • An extra table up front is required for demonstration materials.

Each team needs to have a computer

Monthly meetings will occur with team and future trainings will be scheduled as desired by host. E-mail support will be provided free throughout the year.


For more information check out the booklet from the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and visit

  • Overview of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Research behind PBIS
  • 3-5 behavioral expectations for your school- specific to your schools’ needs
  • Matrix of expectations specific to school areas
  • Importance of staff buy-in and how to go back and “sell” PBIS to your staff
  • Working Smarter- Not Harder
  • Importance of Data in the process
  • Determining what will be taken care of in the classroom and what is an instant trip to the office
  • Developing an incentive program for adults and students
  • Understanding the research behind this
  • The argument about intrinsic motivation vs. extrinsic motivation
  • Planning for using monthly meetings

What you need to know about this training:

This training is best when a district commits to training five or more schools at once in PBIS.  The teams would meet together for the two days of training and work with their own respective teams.  The schools would have each other to share ideas and data with as the year progresses.  The most successful schools have been the ones who were involved in a district implementation.

The administrator MUST be an active participant in the training.  If the administrator leaves the training for phone calls or is absent, the system change will not take place.

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