Social Emotional Learning (SEL) & Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)

Supporting the Whole ChildGuiding Documents, Policies & ComplianceSocial Emotional Learning (SEL)Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)Community Partners & ResourcesProfessional Learning RecordingsExpos and AwardsContact Us

Supporting the Whole Child

Whole Child FrameworkOhio’s Strategic Plan for Education, Each Child, Our Future, encourages collaboration with parents, caregivers, and community partners to help schools meet the needs of the whole child.

As a result, Ohio’s Whole Child Framework was developed. This research-based, whole child approach to education helps to ensure students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. A whole child approach broadens district and school focus beyond academics to include meeting students’ social emotional, physical, and safety needs.

What We Do

Our consultants provide guidance and resources for developing and implementing a PBIS framework and supporting Social Emotional Learning Standards in school districts through professional learning opportunities and direct support. This work is aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Learning Standards and the Ohio PBIS Network.

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Guiding Documents, Policies & Compliance

As a part of the Statewide System of Support, State Support Teams work closely with the Ohio Department of Education to provide training, resources, and technical assistance to schools and districts as they strive to ensure that each child has access to a high-quality education. The documents, policies, and laws shared here provide the foundation to this work.


Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills needed in order to set goals, build relationships, and be successful in school, work, home, and community.

People with strong social-emotional skills are better prepared to manage and overcome everyday challenges to benefit academically, professionally, and socially. Schools can implement structures that support the social-emotional development of students and help them learn how to build and maintain positive relationships, manage strong emotions, and express empathy for others. 

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Ohio PBIS IconPBIS is a proactive approach to setting positive expectations for student behavior so all students can experience social, emotional, and academic success. This framework guides school teams in selecting and implementing evidence-based practices for improving academic, social, and behavior outcomes. 

PBIS is a systems change process that requires ongoing commitment in order to successfully create effective systems for teaching and supporting a positive school climate. 

In Ohio, PBIS efforts are primarily supported by the Office of Exceptional Children, the 16 regional State Support Teams, and local Educational Service Centers.

An Overview of the PBIS Tiers

PBIS Tier 1

Universal Prevention

Tier 1 establishes school- and classroom-wide systems for all students, staff, and settings. These foundational behavior and academic expectations provide universal support to all students.


Targeted Prevention

While most students will respond positively to the Tier I level of support, some students will demonstrate behavior or academic difficulties that require more intensive supports. Tier II interventions are designed with these students in mind.

Schools ready to introduce PBIS Tier II will first need to complete the Tiered Fidelity Inventory to assess the effectiveness of their Tier I PBIS structures.


Intensive, Individualized Prevention

Tier III provides intensive, individualized interventions for students who exhibit persistent or severe behavioral challenges who have not responded to Tier I or II. 

State Support Team 1 will assist schools with implementing Tier III strategies and connect them with additional community support agencies, as needed.

Community Partners & Resources



Professional Learning Recordings

PBIS Network: Whitmer High School PBIS Implementation
February 10, 2022

PBIS Network: Van Buren Elementary Tier II Practices
November 9, 2021

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State Support Team 1 is here to help!

State Support Team 1 is happy to assist with any questions or support requests you may have. Our PBIS and Social Emotional Learning consultants are here for you.

Tamie Cruz

Tamie Cruz, M.A.

419.720.8999 ext. 123

PBIS | English Learners | Family & Community Engagement | Continuous School Improvement


Heather Gaskins, M.F.C.S.

419.720.8999 ext. 134

Early Childhood | Emergent Literacy | Continuous School Improvement | SEL & PBIS

Chelsea Bodnarik

Chelsea Bodnarik, M.Ed.

419.720.8999 ext. 133

Continuous School Improvement | SEL & PBIS

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