PBIS or Jostens Renaissance?

PBIS, or Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, was established in 1997 as part of the Individuals with Disabilities Act. Since then, it has been used as a school-wide, multi-tiered framework for establishing the culture and supports needed to achieve behavioral and academic outcomes for all students.

PBIS focuses on prevention and instruction, acknowledging and rewarding appropriate and positive behavior – establishing a whole school social culture and a positive climate for learning.

Similarly, for over 30 years, schools have been using the Jostens Renaissance framework to help build positive climate and culture with the goal of increasing academic achievement, supporting character development, and bolstering educator morale.

So, PBIS or Renaissance?  The answer: you don’t need to choose one!

Jostens Renaissance tools and resources can be used to support the implementation of PBIS at the Tier One (primary) level in schools.  Tier One provides school-wide culturally relevant systems of support with solid relationships.

How does this work?


Identity and Behavioral Expectations

PBIS begins with defining school-wide behavioral expectations. However, schools that take the time to clearly define their identity (what they respect and value), find that their behavioral expectations have deeper roots. As with humans, school communities that have a clear sense of strengths and weaknesses, and who have a strong compass, are able to act with more confidence and authority.

Jostens has resources to help with this identity-finding process, including:

Once a school has defined their behavioral expectations, the next step for PBIS implementation is to reinforce them. Jostens Renaissance can support this process in several ways.


The Jostens Renaissance Results Formula

The Results Formula™ creates a framework that can support PBIS schools. It’s flexible, so schools apply it to their community’s specific goals, whether focusing on behavior, academics or general culture and climate.


Resources to Support PBIS

Jostens Renaissance has many resources to help with teaching and reinforcing behavioral expectations, including:

The Harbor
courageous conversations
  • Courageous Conversations video series: Courageous Conversations share real stories by real people who have shown real strength. It is time to normalize the conversation around wellbeing, self-care, and mental health.
leadership curriculum

Topics like bullying, problem solving, integrity, conflict resolution, empathy and navigating difficult conversations and many others are included in these resources and could easily be utilized to teach positive behaviors to students.

Wait – There’s More!

The last step in implementing PBIS at the Tier One level is to design systems for positive acknowledgment and reinforcement.  Jostens Renaissance has dozens of ideas in this area.

As well as specific Renaissance strategies, such as:


Jostens Renaissance and PBIS are a perfect match and blend together seamlessly to transform schools! The PDF below can be downloaded for use in conversations with stakeholders.


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