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Welcome to Ohio’s Free Online PBIS Professional Development

Get early access to the comprehensive PBIS training modules through this spring!

Are you interested in early access to comprehensive PBIS training at no cost to your district? Would your school benefit from advancing schoolwide and classroom behavioral practices?

Available starting May 2024, select districts will be given invitation-only access to over 15 hours of flexible, on-demand professional development. Building teams and staff can choose from a menu of options that fit their specific training needs.

How can I get access? Simple. You complete the TFI this spring and test out the new TFI 3.0 at the same time. Submit your feedback and unlock training that can improve behavioral practices in your school.

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What Does it Take to Prepare our Students for the Future?

Ohio’s school communities, including the families that support them, are charged with the responsibility to prepare students to be successful young adults in the 21st century world. Whether they enroll in a 2-year or 4-year college, career technical program or apprenticeship, enlist in the military or seek employment, each student should graduate from high school equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be competitive and successful and to reach their full potential wherever their path takes them.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework for all learners, from prekindergarten through grade 12, that makes this goal a reality.

What is PBIS?

Video: PBIS: A Framework that Prepares Students

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Ohio’s Free Online Professional Development

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Learn the fundamentals of PBIS through a series of short videos that show actual examples of PBIS implementation. These modules are designed for use by PBIS Leadership Teams to provide guidance, strengthen a focus area, and supplement learning for all school personnel, including classroom teachers, related arts teachers, classified staff, bus drivers, coaches, families and community members. For more advanced training for leadership teams, contact the regional State Support Team or Educational Service Center.

What Does this Website Offer?

Modules that support Ohio law and rules

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Flexible on-demand modules at no cost

Short 15 to 20-minute learning chapters to fit busy schedules

Video examples of best practices

Interviews with educators, staff, students and administrators

Certificates and credit available*

*Modules have Ohio-Approved (OA) designation through Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA) for completion on this website only

Contact the regional State Support Team or Educational Service Center for consultants who can provide comprehensive training for district and building teams and coaching support throughout implementation.

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A Framework for Strong and Successful School Communities

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) unites schools and families as partners in creating a strong and successful community where each student can thrive and reach their potential. It is a structured yet flexible framework that guides PreK—12 school teams in the selection, integration and implementation of evidence-based practices for improving academic, social and behavior outcomes for all students. PBIS is a proactive approach to teaching ALL students positive skills they will use throughout their lives.

Four Elements of PBIS


From the school’s community to drive the school’s decisions.

Evidence-Based Practices

Proven to be effective so that each student can succeed.

Systems of Implementation

Take the guesswork out of getting it right. Add predictability and consistency to the school building.


Know that practices are working. Make changes when they are not.


PBIS is a multi-tiered system of support, which means that most students will be successful with the schoolwide approach to high quality, research-based instruction but that some students may need more intensive support for a variety of reasons.

PBIS teams rely on data to identify which students may benefit from targeted interventions; these teams monitor the impact of evidence-based practices to ensure that students are making progress.

Learn more at Ohio Department of Education and Workforce or download Facts about the Implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) in Ohio.


Better for Students, Families, Educators, Staff and Administrators

  • Students understand what is expected of them and have opportunities to practice and get feedback, which gives them a stronger sense of self-efficacy as they better manage their own behaviors.
  • A safe, predictable learning environment means that students can focus on learning, striving toward academic achievement and reaching their full potential.
  • Students develop essential behaviors and skills needed for success in whatever path they pursue after graduation, skills like teamwork, conflict resolution and persistence.
  • The building becomes a place where students take pride in their community and engage with peers and adults in positive, respectful relationships.
  • Schools and families work together so that students, no matter the age or ability, understand what is expected of them and how to do it.
  • Fewer disruptions in the classroom and common spaces, such as the cafeteria, hallways and bus, mean that students spend more time engaged in high quality instruction.
  • The team-based approach values families as active partners in creating a strong and successful school community.
  • With families directly involved in implementation, their perspectives and experiences inform decision-making and shape practices to meet the needs of all students.
  • The school community has an agreed-upon set of expectations for students' behaviors which provides clarity and consistency for teachers, staff and administrators.
  • The building becomes a place where students take pride in their community and engage with peers and adults in positive, respectful relationships.
  • Fewer disruptions in the classroom and common spaces, such as the cafeteria, hallways and bus, mean that teachers spend more time providing high quality instruction to students.
  • Operations become more efficient and effective by streamlining various initiatives within one framework, which reduces initiative fatigue, confusion about priorities, duplication of efforts and competition over school resources.
  • A systems-level team approach makes changes more achievable and sustainable.

Partnerships Make this Training Possible

Ohio PBIS Network and OCALI

The Ohio PBIS Network and OCALI have collaborated with the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce to develop materials, resources and training to support the scaling up of PBIS in Ohio schools.

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