The Center on PBIS Receives $32 Million for Five More Years of Funding

October 1, 2018

In October, 2018, the Technical Assistance (TA) Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) learned it had another five years in its future. The US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) awarded the TA Center its largest award ever at $32 million which funds the project through September 2023.

Since its first award in 1997, the PBIS TA Center committed to making schools more effective, efficient and equitable than ever before. Over the last 20 years, the center continually supported schools, districts, and states to improve social, emotional, and behavioral student outcomes. These next five years will only expand upon those efforts.

TA Center partners aim to increase and sustain PBIS efforts in schools nation-wide. They look to strengthen Tier 2 and Tier 3 systems to help schools improve outcomes for students with or at-risk for disabilities. They will help schools improve school climate and address issues related to school safety. During these next five years, the PBIS TA Center will continue its mission to make schools work better for all students.

Four co-directors from across the country lead this new iteration of the PBIS TA Center:

  • Heather George, University of South Florida
  • Tim Lewis, University of Missouri
  • Kent McIntosh, University of Oregon
  • Brandi Simonsen, University of Connecticut