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Why teacher Buy-In is significant in the success of PBIS programs

Shaddoe LambertMarch 7, 2023

Why Teacher Buy-In is Significant in the Success of PBIS Programs

As a school administrator, you’re no stranger to the challenges of managing student behavior and creating a positive school culture. That’s why you may be interested in exploring Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a widely-used and effective approach to improving student behavior and creating a positive school environment.

PBIS is based on the idea that proactively teaching and encouraging positive behaviors can help reduce problem behaviors and improve academic outcomes. By establishing clear and consistent expectations and consequences, and recognizing and rewarding positive behaviors, PBIS helps create a positive and supportive school culture. However, to truly realize the benefits of these programs, it is essential to get teacher buy-in and support for your ideas. Teachers play a vital role in the implementation and ongoing success of the PBIS framework, and without their support, these programs can fall flat. In this article, we will explore why teacher involvement is so crucial and provide tips for getting teacher buy-in for PBIS programs.

Background on PBIS

The first step in implementing PBIS is to gain a deep understanding of the approach and its underlying principles. You can start by visiting, the National Technical Assistance Center on PBIS, which offers a wealth of evidence-based information and resources on the topic.

Getting buy-in from teachers and staff

The success of PBIS depends on the involvement and support of all school staff, including teachers, administrators, and support staff. To get buy-in from your staff, it’s important to communicate the benefits of PBIS and how it can positively impact both students and teachers.

Teacher involvement is critical to the success of these programs for several reasons. Teachers are the ones who interact with students on a daily basis and have the most direct impact on providing behavior support. When teachers are invested in a PBIS program, they’re more likely to effectively implement it in the classroom and see positive results. Encourage open and honest communication and make sure that teachers feel heard and valued in the decision-making process. By doing so, you can foster a supportive environment where teachers feel motivated to get involved and make PBIS programs a success.

PBIS training for teachers

PBIS training is a critical component of ensuring that teachers have the knowledge and skills they need to effectively implement such programs in the classroom. There are several types of professional development training available, including in-person workshops, online courses, and on-site coaching. To ensure that all teachers have access to training, consider offering flexible options like online courses that can be completed at the teacher’s pace.

Don’t forget about the importance of ongoing training and support to keep teachers up-to-date and confident in their ability to implement PBIS programs effectively. Providing teachers with the tools and resources they need to succeed will go a long way in securing their buy-in and commitment to the program.

Teacher input and feedback

Inviting teacher input and feedback can have a significant impact on the success of PBIS programs. By involving teachers in decision making, you empower them to take ownership of the program and feel more invested in its success.

One effective way to gather feedback is to conduct regular surveys or focus groups to gauge teacher satisfaction and identify areas for improvement. Incorporating teacher feedback into your PBIS programs can help to create a program that truly meets the needs of your school community. By valuing and incorporating teacher input, you can build trust and support among the teaching staff and ensure that PBIS programs are tailored to their needs and priorities.

Incentives and recognition

Incentives and recognition can be powerful motivators for getting teachers on board with PBIS programs. Consider offering PBIS rewards for teachers who go above and beyond in their implementation of PBIS programs, such as extra planning time or a bonus day off. You can also recognize teachers who have had a positive impact on student behavior, such as by highlighting their successes in school-wide assemblies or newsletters.

Showing appreciation for the hard work and dedication of teachers can go a long way in securing their buy-in and commitment to PBIS programs. By creating a supportive and recognizing environment, you can motivate teachers to get involved and work towards creating a positive, supportive school culture for all.

The right tools for the job

When administrators set out to get teacher buy-in for PBIS initiatives, there’s one factor that often goes overlooked — what tools and methods are teachers using for PBIS on a day-to-day basis?

Teachers often have a lot on their plates. They work very hard to manage their time and resources to the best of their ability, and putting PBIS into practice can seem like an intimidating proposition if they don’t have the right tools and the right support to do their part. This is why having a modernized and efficient system for PBIS implementation is as important as teacher buy-in itself. It’s also a major reason why we created Classcraft.

Administrators deserve a system that gives them everything they need for data-driven decision making and effective schoolwide PBIS. Teachers deserve the tools to make behavior support, lesson planning, and classroom management easier and more enjoyable. Students deserve a learning experience that is genuinely engaging, motivating, and meaningful. Classcraft is designed to provide all of this and more, so it makes both teacher and student buy-in far more achievable and sustainable.


In conclusion, getting teacher buy-in is essential for the success of PBIS programs. By providing training, encouraging input and feedback, and offering incentives and recognition, you can create a supportive and invested community of teachers who are committed to making PBIS programs a success. Start implementing these tips today to ensure that your PBIS programs achieve their full potential and create a positive, supportive school culture for all. With the support of your teachers, your school’s PBIS programs are sure to make a positive impact on students and the school community!

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