Program Wide General

What is the PaPBS Network?

   The Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network (PaPBS) provides the oversight of the implementation of PBIS in Pennsylvania. The goal of the PaPBS Network is to ensure that all schools and early learning programs have the necessary technical assistance, collaborative opportunities, and evaluative tools needed to overcome non-academic barriers to learning and achieve competence and confidence in advancing academic, social, and emotional success for all students.

   The Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network (PaPBS Network), through training and technical assistance, supports schools and their family and community partners to create and sustain comprehensive, school-based behavioral health support systems in order to promote the academic, social and emotional well-being of all Pennsylvania’s students and young children.

What is a facilitator and why do we need one?

A PaPBS Independent Program-Wide Facilitator is a trained individual who has gone through a two -year professional development process of being prepared to support you with up-to-date training, information, and techniques on how to implement Program-Wide PBIS. (A facilitator who is currently enrolled in this two-year professional development process is called a “provisional” program-wide facilitator.) When implementing Program-Wide PBIS, there is a lot for programs to learn and develop. A PaPBS Facilitator will help you through the process and make sure the steps needed to build a solid foundation are developed.  In addition, working with a Facilitator is required to be a part of the PAPBS network.

How do I find my facilitator?

When looking to find a facilitator, contact the regional office where your program is located. There are Regional facilitators located in the three PaTTAN offices. Follow this link to find the regional facilitator for your region, then click on Meet the Regional Facilitator. 

What is “Implementation Fidelity” and why is it important?

Implementation fidelity is achieved when a program has implemented the steps to a specific tier they are working on and has reached the percentages designated by the evaluation tools used to measure implementation. Each tier of PBIS has specific assessment tools that are used to evaluate implementation fidelity. It is very important that a program is implementing PBIS with fidelity in order to gain the maximum benefit of the Program-Wide PBIS framework.

What is the purpose of Program-Wide Recognition?

The purpose of the PaPBS network recognition system is to identify and publicly recognize Pennsylvania’s Program-Wide (PW) Sites for successful implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) with fidelity. It also affords PW Sites the opportunity to accurately self-reflect on their progress implementing and sustaining PBIS.

What are the categories for recognition?

There are four categories of PaPBS Network recognition:

  • Universal (Tier One) Initial Implementation with Fidelity
  • Universal (Tier One) Sustained Implementation with Fidelity
  • Universal and Tier Two Implementation with Fidelity
  • Implementation with Fidelity at all three Tiers

How do I join the network?

To join the PaPBS network, contact your Regional PW Facilitator who will provide an overview of the framework and steps needed to become a part of the PaPBS Network. These Regional Facilitators are located in the three PaTTAN offices. Follow this link to find the regional facilitator for your region. Follow this link to find the regional facilitator for your region, then click on Meet the Regional Facilitator. 

What resources are available to help me determine if this is the right time for our program to join the network?

There are a variety of resources available to you on the PAPBS website under Program-Wide PBIS. Please visit the following links: