This half-day interactive forum for secondary schools within the DE-PBS Project gives secondary school personnel the chance to explore how DE-PBS might work in their school.

Table of Contents

1/26/2023 Secondary Schools Networking Session

Secondary Networking Tools & Resources

Student Voice


Acknowledgement Systems

Roles and responsibilities: Look at the data

Fidelity in High Schools

  • Fidelity of SW-PBIS in High Schools: Patterns of Implementation Strengths and Needs: The purpose of this brief is to summarize patterns in SW-PBIS implementation fidelity in 996 high schools across 31 U.S. states. We specially aimed to evaluate how high schools are implementing the components of SW-PBIS, and identify implementation strengths and needs.
  • Tiered Fidelity Inventory – Tier 1 – The purpose of the SWPBIS Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) is to provide a valid, reliable, and efficient measure of the extent to which school personnel are applying the core features of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS).  

Restorative Practices

Advanced Tiers at the HS Level

High School Staff Buy-in

  • High School PBIS Implementation – Staff Buy-In:  Buy-in from stakeholders is important for the successful adoption, full implementation and sustainability of any school-based initiative. It’s also one of the critical elements for implementation of Tier 1 PBIS included in the TFI, BoQ, and the Blueprint. This brief describes the unique features of high school settings that can make building buy-in more difficult and identifies strategies that have been successful for securing staff buy-in in high schools.

Resources to Extend Session Content 

  • Center on PBIS – High School PBIS Resources
  • Video: High School Implementation: Supporting College and Career Readiness Through PBIS – Despite the challenges of implementing PBIS in high schools, we know that it leads to improved outcomes for secondary students. In this session, we will review the rationale for and the critical features of PBIS at the high school level and share suggestions for improving training, coaching, and technical assistance for high schools. Further, improving student behavior is important but not sufficient at the high school level. It is essential that we prepare students adequately for College or Career. In this session, we will discuss strategies for integrating academic and behavior supports to ensure that the knowledge, skills, and habits students need to be successful after high school are consistently taught and reinforced across all school settings.
  • 2022 PBIS Leadership Forum Presentation: Getting PBIS Started in High Schools
  • APBS Think Tank –  A virtual event where people who work in or with high schools can come together to talk about and think about PBIS Implementation.
  • High School APBS Mailing List

LEA Secondary Example of MTSS and Effective Reintegration in Action

This Secondary Schools Community of Practice taped webinar from national and Delaware PBS/PBIS partners includes MTSS Leads at Dover High School (Capital School District) talking about a coordinated Tier 1 and 2 effort at DHS to utilize strategies to effectively and positively reintegrate students after a peer fight-related suspension and decrease occurrence of this concern in the future.  Presenters discuss the logistics of implementing these restorative (and subsequently preventive) initiatives. Included is a discussion of how the school used a secondary-level SEL curriculum and facilitated post-suspension mentoring to improve student relationships at the Tier 2 level and reinforce school-wide (Tier 1) prosocial behavior expectations and positive climate. 

APBS webpage

February 2020 Secondary Forum Materials and Handouts

Previous Presentations

February 2019 Secondary Forum Materials and Handouts

PBIS Ideas from Other Secondary Schools

PBIS Basics at the Secondary Level

Behavior Management Strategies

SEL at the Secondary Level

Student Connectedness and Involvement

Recognition Ideas

Extended List and Descriptions of Secondary Resources with Links

Resource Description

Secondary Forum Presentation 2016

Secondary Forum Presentation 2014

These presentations were used to guide discussions at the Fall 2014 and Winter 2016 Secondary Forum sponsored by the DE-PBS Project.

Top 10 Ideas for Rebooting Resource


This resource provides PBS teams with ideas and helpful websites and webinar about how to reinvigorate PBS at the secondary level.

How Do You Include Students in Your PBS Initiative


This half page sheet encourages professionals to think about how they include students on their team, in the PBS decision making process, and how they solicit their feedback.

Get to Know Your Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Data


This document allows professionals to utilize their Delaware School Climate Survey data to help understand how people perceive the use of SEL techniques in their school and how students and their parents see student engagement in the school. This information can be used for baseline data for goal-setting.

Bullying Prevention Worksheet


This document allows professionals to utilize their Delaware School Climate Survey data for their specific schools in order to determine what and where their bullying prevention priorities are. It also details four steps that could help your school to create or bolster a bullying prevention and response system.

Action Plan


This chart will help professionals to plan activities for their school regarding bullying, major vs. minor offenses, social-emotional learning, and your SW-PBS program in general. Included in this document is space to record the activity, who is or who will be responsible, notes on the timeline, and what supports are needed, if any.

Major Versus Minor Grid


This document provides an example from a high school to help schools differentiate between major and minor offenses for office referrals. Examples are provided for various high school offenses, and a chart is also provided with examples of how to reinforce positive behavior.

Office Referral Definitions


This document lists several minor problem behaviors, major problem behaviors, locations within the school, possible motivations, others involved, and administrative decisions, and defines each in a chart.

De-Escalation Strategies


This document defines verbal de-escalation as a targeted intervention for use with students who are at risk for aggression. It defines several terms with which to be familiar, includes a case study, goes over discussion questions, and reviews frequently asked questions.

How to Calm an Agitated Student


All educators should know the basics of how to de-escalate the agitated student. This checklist is adapted for use by schools from research on best practices in calming individuals in medical or psychiatric settings. The strategies are indented to be used in a flexible manner to increase the odds that an educator can respond efficiently and effectively to students who present with a wide range of emotional issues.

The Common View vs the Trauma-Informed View in Schools


This document can be used to help determine to what extent a particular school policy, protocol, procedure or document is or is not trauma-informed. The contrasting views are designed to draw attention to language, both verbal and non-verbal, that does not support a trauma-sensitive school environment and may trigger students with trauma histories.

Connections Surveying with Teachers


This document outlines two SW activities that could help to schools to proactively identify students who may benefit from Tier 2 and 3 interventions. One activity can be completed at a staff meeting; the other is used a surveying tool.

Growth Mindset-Related Interventions Research and Outcomes


This document is an excerpt from Carol Dweck and associates’ white paper Academic Tenacity (available at This figure lists interventions related to developing students’ growth mindset that have been found to improve academic outcomes for students.

Allen Park Community School (High School) 2015-16 PBS Presentation

Allen Park Community School (High School) Newsletter 2014

Northville High School 2015-16 PBS Presentation

Northville High School Sample PBS Posters

Roosevelt High School Brochure

These resources provide PBS ideas from other secondary schools.