Helping Districts Build Capacity for Implementation

The Midwest PBIS Network is committed to building state and district PBIS implementation capacity as a way to prevent problem social behaviors, promote a positive school climate, and support all students, especially those with the highest levels of need. School districts that establish their own expertise, such as district-based coaches, are more likely to sustain fidelity of PBIS implementation and see positive student outcomes. Maintaining this level of expertise requires maximizing PBIS training opportunities and the many free PBIS resources available to all schools.  Districts are encouraged to use a host of resources available through Midwest PBIS Network, the National PBIS Technical Assistance Center, and within their own district. Here is a list of action steps a district can take to expand its capacity for implementing PBIS:

1.    Conducting a quick survey across the entire district to identify staff who have been part of successful PBIS implementation in a previous              school or district. Utilize the knowledge and experience of the staff in the district who are experienced with PBIS to guide a plan for                      implementing. 

2.    Using free online Midwest PBIS Network resources including social media, webinars, curriculum, research, and linked websites, to expand          staff and administrators’ knowledge of PBIS ,

3.    Using PBIS Applications, the free online database for assessing fidelity of implementation,. Districts are strongly                      encouraged to use PBIS Applications to complete the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI), an efficient tool to progress-monitor implementation at          all tiers, and a required component for school-recognition.

4.    Investing in efficient data-based decision making by using School-Wide Information Systems (SWIS) for monitoring behavioral data, and              establishing a district SWIS facilitator to support your SWIS schools.

5.    Participating in regional Midwest PBIS training events and coaches network meetings   These events bring multiple districts together, are cost effective, and include the benefit of learning              alongside other engaging professionals. Also visit our Starting PBIS webpage. 

Direct Support from the Midwest PBIS Network

     Districts may consider contracting with the Midwest PBIS Network for in-district training when the options above are exhausted, and the following      conditions are in place:

      • The district is seeking a multi-year training plan that includes multiple schools, and district staff as part of the training cohort 
      • The district commits to training a large number of staff, and / or is inviting nearby districts to also participate contributing to regional capacity. 
      • The training plan emphasizes building district expertise through a train the trainer model for capacity to independently support PBIS implementation 
      • Implementation plans that include a focus on innovations to advance the application and understanding of PBIS, such as embedding Trauma Informed Care, or Restorative Justice Practices, will also be considered for direct Midwest contractual support.

    When districts contract directly with the Midwest PBIS Network, the following expectations apply:

      1. Midwest PBIS Network will support your team to co-create a strategic plan for implementation that includes coaching, training, evaluation, and capacity building.
      2. Your district will agree to: 
        • Progress monitor and document implementation by completing the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI), and other measures as appropriate and identified in the evaluation plan, 
        • Train district staff in PBIS Applications and SWIS or a SWIS like system, 
        • If the district is using SWIS, develop a plan to get a district person trained as a SWIS facilitator within 2 years, 
        • If the district is not using SWIS, develop a plan to get access to data, in a usable format, for use at all team meetings, 
        • Evaluate impact of PBIS on all students and all subgroups (e.g. students with IEPs, students who identify as ethnic or linguistic minorities, students who qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch, etc.). 
        • Include administrators in training events, 
        • Identify coaches and leaders for providing training and coaching support in your district 
        • Share fidelity and outcome data with the Midwest PBIS Network, without identifying information, for possible use in training materials, curricula, and publications.