Building capacity in Texas schools for the provision of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to all students

2016 Texas Behavior Support State (TBS) Conference June 28-30, 2016

Join educators from across the state for the 2016 Texas Behavior Support State Conference. This event is held annually to address prevention and intervention strategies at all levels of the PBIS multitier model of support, including school-wide implementation. 
Administrator Preconference: 6/28/16
Conference: 6/29/16 and 6/30/16

Highlights from the 2015 Texas Behavior Support State Conference

The 11th Annual Texas Behavior Support State Conference was held at Region 4 on June 23–25, 2015. Presentations from national, regional, and local experts in the field were featured, as were presentations from campuses across the state that have demonstrated successful implementation of PBIS strategies. This year, 233 campus and district administrators, including assistant superintendents, attended the TBS Administrator Preconference. More than 950 participants, including educators from across the state and from California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts,  Missouri, Oregon, and Utah, attended the general conference.  Visit the conference website to obtain conference handouts.



PBIS Tool Highlights

Every month, we will highlight a research-based intervention strategy. This month’s intervention strategy is the use of Physical Proximity.

Physical Proximity
Purpose:  Increasing teacher supervision and monitoring of students to increase on-task behavior and prevent undesirable behaviors

Use:  Preventing misbehavior from escalating without interrupting the pace of instruction

Physical proximity, when used correctly, can be an effective preventative strategy for off-task behavior.  It works on the principle that kids are less likely to act out when an adult is around, similar to the way adults suddenly take their foot off the accelerator when they see a police officer, regardless of their speed.  This intervention will not work every time and should never be used with a student who is already escalated.  Invading space during behavioral outbursts can increase the likelihood a student will become more aggressive.

The main purpose of this intervention is to maintain instruction while handling a classroom disruption.  During instruction, the teacher will move around the room, providing direct instruction of the content.  If a student becomes off task, the teacher can move toward that student briefly.  As the student refocuses, the teacher should make brief eye contact to reinforce the on-task behavior and move away.  

Physical proximity can be a first line of defense for any misbehavior in the classroom.  Like any intervention, caution must be used to prevent escalation of the behavior.  Sometimes a student may view the closer proximity of the teacher as threatening.  In this case, the student may become physically and/or verbally aggressive.  Use professional judgement in the use of physical proximity and make considerations to students' background and experiences. 







In the past, some of the materials authored by Region 4/Texas Behavior Support contained the abbreviation PBS to refer to Positive Behavioral Support. This use is in no way related to, endorsed by, or supported by the Public Broadcasting Service. To avoid confusion, Region 4/Texas Behavior Support has begun using the abbreviation PBIS for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. The PBS used in past materials and the currently used PBIS may be read interchangeably and without any alteration in meaning.

News & Events

Coming Soon To An ESC Near You!

Integrating Positive and Restorative Approaches to Supporting Student Behavior:

This training will provide an overview of common restorative discipline practices.  Strategies for embedding restorative practices into a multi-tiered system of positive behavior supports will be shared, and considerations for evaluation and roll-out will be discussed. 

For additional information, please contact your ESC. 


Rethinking Behavior

The Rethinking Behavior conference, held on 2/15/16 and 2/16/16 at Region 13 ESC,  will question traditional discipline strategies and start your campus or district on a profound shift in responding to student behavior.  Begin or continue your journey towards a positive school community through the implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). For more information, contact Albert Felts via email or call at 512-919-5419.

Supporting and Responding to Behavior: Evidence-Based Classroom Strategies for Teachers

This recently released technical assistance document from the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) outlines evidence-based, positive, proactive, and responsive classroom behavior intervention and support strategies for teachers.