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Coaching Overview

Coaches have the knowledge and professional behaviors needed to directly support schools, districts and/or regions build and sustain evidence-based practices.

External Coaches

External coaches are at the district or regional level, and may be responsible for one to many school teams depending upon:

Internal Coaches

Internal coaches provide direct support within a school.

Coaching for school teams in the process of building and installing the elements of PBIS (e.g., securing staff agreements, conducting self-assessments and data reviews, developing school-wide action plans), is frequent and on-going to ensure accurate, continuous, and effective implementation. At least monthly, coaches:

Coaching for school teams that are actively implementing PBIS includes many of the same functions of teams in installation, except that the emphasis is on:

Guiding Principles

The following guiding principles are considered when building coaching capacity:   

Source: SWPBS Implementation Blueprint version September 25, 2010, (pgs. 89-89)this information will open in a new window.

PBIS Coaches’ Role and Responsibility

PBIS coaches will:

  1. Describe and promote practices within, and systems of, PBIS with school, district and community
  2. Promote the logic and application of the tiered model of prevention and support
  3. Describe the features of proactive school-wide discipline systems
  4. Teach strategies for
    1. Classroom management
    2. Systematic supervision
  5. Promote a continuum of behavior support for all students
  6. Promote a team-led process
  7. Support strategic data-based action planning within the school and district
  8. Provide direction in assessing outcomes and fidelity
  9. Collect, analyze and use data for decision-making
  10. Coordinate with district, regional and state efforts

PBIS Coaches’ Skills and Competencies






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