PBIS/MTSS as a Framework for Equity

PBIS/MTSS can allow us to correct the systematic academic and disciplinary inequities that have persisted in our school systems. By identifying the patterns of inequity, we can begin to openly, explicitly address inequitable outcomes for our students and families. Read our NWPBIS Equity Statement. 

The hyperlinked guides and examples below will help your team prioritize equitable school supports and outcomes. These research-based resources inform our approach to  professional development to address equity in school outcomes. 

    Addressing Implicit Bias in PBIS / MTSS Implementation

    A Commitment to Racial Equity from the Center on PBIS

    School behavior support systems can serve to perpetuate oppression or be a force for dismantling systemic racism and promoting equity. At the Center on PBIS, we are committed to improving outcomes for each student, and given centuries of oppression, violence, and segregation, we must increase our commitment to improving outcomes for each Black student. To dismantle systemic racism, we must:

    • Increase the voice of students and families in their educational systems
    • Use strategies to make every student feel safe and welcome
    • Examine school-wide expectations and teaching matrices for hidden biases and to increase cultural responsiveness
    • Disaggregate data to assess and address disproportionality in exclusionary discipline
    • Use engaging instruction that builds on students’ prior knowledge
    • Support educators in replacing exclusionary responses to problem behavior with instructional responses
    • Revise punitive policies that disproportionately harm students who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color
    • Identify our own biases about student behavior and replace deficit thinking with a strengths-based approach

    The Center on PBIS is committed to partnering with the Black community and providing resources to help educators make Black lives matter.