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Bullying Prevention in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

  • September 26th, 2011
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Bullying Prevention in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (BP-PBIS)

In an effort to respond to the epidemic proportions of bullying in American schools, Bully Prevention in Positive Behavior Support was designed, blending school-wide positive behavior support, explicit instruction regarding a 3-step response to problem behavior, and a reconceptualization of the bullying construct. Bully Prevention in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (BP-PBIS) gives students the tools necessary to remove the social rewards maintaining inappropriate behavior, thereby decreasing the likelihood of problem behavior occurring in the future. BP-PBS not only decreases incidents of bullying behavior, but also increases appropriate recipient responses to bullying behavior and appropriate bystander responses to bullying behavior. In addition, because the program is designed to fit within a larger system of positive behavior support, it is far less resource intensive and far more likely to be implemented over consecutive years. To access the PBIS National Technical Assistance Center’s Bully Prevention Curricula, please click on the following hyperlink: (Bullying Prevention in PBIS)

Integrating the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) and PBIS in Pennsylvania

The following report was prepared with input from the Pennsylvania OBPP-PBIS workgroup. The workgroup included representation from statewide leadership organizations that support the dissemination of Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), as well as leaders from schools that have experience with both programs/frameworks. The workgroup met on six different occasions and conducted site visits of model implementation sites. The report was produced to summarize the workgroup’s findings related to the following questions:

  • Is it possible to implement both OBPP and PBIS in a school?
  • What strategies support co-implementation of OBPP and PBIS?
  • What considerations are warranted when a school is selecting an evidence- based school climate improvement program, such as OBPP or PBIS?

Click on the following link to access the report: Integrating the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and PBIS in Pennsylvania
Click on the following link to access webinars addressing OBPP and PBIS: PAPBS Implementer Forum: OBPP and PBIS

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On August 20, 2103, The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued a Dear Colleague letter to educators and stakeholders on the matter of bullying of students with disabilities. This guidance provides an overview of school districts’ responsibilities to ensure that students with disabilities who are subject to bullying continue to receive free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). To access the letter and its enclosure, click on the following links.

Also visit the U.S. Department of Education’s blog on Keeping Students with Disabilities Safe from Bullying

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