The Center on PBIS Receives Funding Through 2028

October 18, 2023

Today, the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) received more than $21 million to continue its work for another five years. The award comes from the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) and funds the Center through 2028.

Over the past 26 years, the Center has established itself as a leader in the field of education, working together with state and local agencies to improve social, emotional, academic, and behavioral outcomes for all students. Its work is rooted in prevention, centered in equity, based on human-centered science, and only implemented through collaborative partnerships with students, families, educators, and their extended communities.

By securing this round of funding, the Center builds on the momentum of the last five years to support more than 25,000 schools across all 50 states to continue to sustain and scale up their PBIS implementation efforts. To do that, partners will promote real-world examples of PBIS implementation, host its annual forum, and continue to release free resources for educators to co-create affirming, culturally-supportive, and productive learning environments.

The Center’s three co-directors from across the country are:

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