Description of NJ PBSIS
New Jersey Positive Behavior Support in Schools (NJ PBSIS) is a collaboration between the New Jersey Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs and The Boggs Center, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. NJ PBSIS is funded by I.D.E.A Part B funds and is in its 12th year of providing training and technical assistance to schools across New Jersey. The NJ PBSIS team provides training and technical assistance to school teams on how to implement a tiered system of support for behavior and climate issues.
A number of published studies provide evidence that implementation of the PBIS framework results in positive outcomes including reduction in office conduct referrals and suspensions (e.g., Algozzine & Algozzine, 2007; Bradshaw, Mitchell, & Leaf, 2010; Horner et al., 2009; Lassen, Steele, & Sailor, 2006; Nelson, 1996; Scott & Barrett, 2004) and improvements in achievement (e.g., Luiselli, Putnam, Handler, & Feinberg, 2005). One study suggests implementation may reduce staff burnout (Ross, Romer, & Horner, 2012).
Since 2003, NJ PBSIS has trained 11 cohorts of schools to implement the tiered intervention system known as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The following provides a summary of outcome data for the NJ PBSIS training initiative:
- 99% of participants who attend the training are satisfied with the training experience and view the content as relevant to the work they do and their betterment of their school.
- 29,000 visits to www.njpbs.org annually
- Average 19% decrease in office conduct referrals and 21% decrease in out of school suspensions for New Jersey schools that implement the PBIS framework with fidelity.
- 161 New Jersey schools are currently implementing in 18 of 21 counties:
SchoolsNumber ImplementingEarly Childhood Centers3Elementary Schools (K-6)36K-8 Schools46Middle Schools51High Schools25Total161