A Better Intervention Then PBIS?

Posted on 03 Apr 2009 in Classroom Behavior, Intervention, School Behavior, Special Education, Student Behavior | 1 comment

I’m at the CEC convention in Seattle. Yesterday I learned about the Positive Action character education program.

Character Education

What sets the Positive Action curriculum apart from the popular Character Counts program or other character ed programs is that it is the only Character program listed on the What Works Clearinghouse as an effective and researched-based intervention. According to this program, no other Character program is evidence-based. And they claim that unlike PBIS, which only offers a systemic framework, Positive Action offers a curriculum and goes beyond merely behavior and tackles all social and emotional areas of life. 15-minute lessons plans for teachers and all necessary supplies and materials for a classroom of 30.


Many principals and teacher who I have spoken to who have had PBIS training, are now using some type of Character ed program. The argument is that the topography is the same: teach students the expected behavior. However, I argue that PBIS offers something more – data based decision making about problems behavior in your school.

Weigh In

What do you think? Positive Action or PBIS?

One comment

  1. Larry Linebaugh / April 8th, 2009 11:31

    Data-based decisions for sure!