Within the Arkansas Response to Intervention framework, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is used as part of a multi-tiered system of support with three main goals: 1) develop consistency in defining, teaching, modeling, and encouraging expected appropriate behavior among students; 2) create consistency in the way adults respond to problem behavior; and 3) assist teams with a data collection process to guide PBIS implementation. PBIS is a proactive, preventative approach that supports all students, with increasing levels of prevention. Everyone receives core instruction in expected behavior, along with acknowledgements for following the expected behavior.
RTI Arkansas continues to support the usability of online PBIS modules built in partnership with Arkansas State University PBIS Resource Center housed within the Center for Community Engagement.
Creating a PBIS Behavior Teaching Matrix for Remote Instruction
This practice brief shares tips for maintaining continuity of learning through defining classroom expectations for remote (i.e., distance) instruction and online learning environments. With a few adaptations, teachers can use a PBIS framework to make remote learning safe, predictable, and positive. Just as within a face-to-face school setting, PBIS can be used to make remote education more effective.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI)
The purpose of the SWPBIS Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) is to provide a valid, reliable, and efficient measure of the extent to which school personnel are applying the core features of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS). The TFI is divided into three sections (Tier 1: Universal SWPBIS Features; Tier 2: Targeted SWPBIS Features; and, Tier 3: Intensive SWPBIS Features) that can be used separately or in combination to assess the extent to which core features are in place.
Conducting the Tiered Fidelity Inventory and Walkthrough Remotely
Evidence-based frameworks, such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), provide a critical foundation to meet the needs of students, families, and educators in this new context, but only when implemented with fidelity. Therefore, it is even more important to evaluate the fidelity of implementation of PBIS to support and guide decision-making. This practice brief (a) provides a rationale for conducting the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI)1, regardless of operating model; (b) shares guidance on how to complete the TFI, including the walkthrough, remotely; and (b) responds to frequently asked questions related to conducting the TFI remotely.