The Positive Behavior Support workgroup manages projects focused on:
- Research to define applications of positive behavior support to both reduced problem behavior, and enhanced educational, social, and employment outcomes;
- Research focused on application of positive behavior support practices to improved outcomes in high school;
- Research on use of data for decision-making in school contexts;
- Model development in the use of positive behavior support for students with more intense behavior support needs;
- Inclusion of positive behavior support within packaged programs such as “First Step to Success";
- Technical assistance to states and districts working to adopt school-wide positive behavior support;
- Technical assistance to states working to scale-up evidence-based practices.
PBS efforts currently are being implemented in over 7,000 schools across 44 states, with each school working toward development of a positive social culture that will promote effective learning. Research and evaluation results suggest that implementation of positive behavior support in schools is:
- Practical and feasible;
- Associated with reductions in problem behavior;
- Associated with increased sense of “safety” by students and;
- Associated with improved academic outcomes.