Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office (APBSO)
The Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office is a statewide technical assistance and research agency that focuses on preventing challenging behavior, improving school climate and student outcomes, and supporting students at-risk for and with disabilities. This Office provides technical assistance through (1) initial and booster training in schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), (2) Tier 2 PBIS training, (3) Tier 3 PBIS training, (4) three-tiered coaching and ongoing support, and (5) PBIS, discipline, and school climate data collection and analysis. Additionally, the Office participates in research-based projects and grant writing activities concerning improving evidence-based, culturally responsive discipline, PBIS, and school climate practices for K-12 students. The Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office offers technical assistance and participation in research projects to all Alabama public and private K-12 schools, school districts and to the Alabama State Department of Education. The Office is also affiliated with the Alabama PBIS Network of teachers, counselors, school psychologists, administrators, family members, and researchers.
What is Positive Behavior Support?
Positive behavior support is now being implemented in a variety of places including schools, early childhood, mental health, and child welfare settings, and in organizations that provide services to adults with developmental disabilities. Individuals of all ages can benefit from positive behavior support from the very young to old age.
Purpose of Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office
- Provide technical assistance/coaching/training for ALSDE, school districts, and individual schools
- Collect, analyze, and report state-level and district-level school climate, discipline, and PBIS implementation data
- Conduct rigorous research within the three-tiered PBIS framework to improve student and youth outcomes