Schools implementing PBIS create a set of expectations, share them with the students and then model them using class exercises. These expectations remain the same for students on the playground, in the classroom and on the bus. But, what about at home?

Using PBIS at home can help students maintain those expectations.

Outcomes Chart
Benefits of Family Involvement
  • Higher test scores
  • Better grades
  • Better attendance
  • Higher levels of homework completion
  • More positive student motivation
  • Improved attitudes about school work
Darsch, Miao, & Shippen. (2004) A Model for Involving Parents of Children with Learning and Behavior Problems in the Schools: Preventing School Failure 48(3), 24-35
Family Involvement has a positive effect on student behavior.
  • When families are involved, students exhibit more positive attitudes and behavior.
  • When students report feeling support from both home and school, they have more self-confidence, feel school is more important, and they tend to do better in school.
  • Student at-risk behaviors such as alcohol use, violence, and other anti-social behaviors decrease as parent involvement increases.
(National PTA, 10/28/2005)

Family Involvement in PBIS

Schools implementing PBIS are typically eager to have participation from parents and families. So, get ready to get involved!

In the early stages of PBIS, schools will often send a letter discussing:

  • The School Matrix or a set of simple rules/expectations is developed by the school to communicate what is expected of all students in all areas of the school.
  • Rewards used to reinforce positive behavior.
  • Consequences of choosing to go against the rules.

As parents, this letter provides you with a great tool! You can review the letter with your child so both of you understand what is expected at school. Ask your child, “Do you understand these rules? Do you think you can follow these rules at school?” This is also an opportunity to talk about your expectations at home. Consider posting the expectations on your refrigerator door and use them for reference.

  • Learn more about PBIS.
  • Join the PBIS Leadership Team at your child’s school.
  • Review the PBIS materials sent home with your child.
  • Learn School Matrix that have been implemented at your child’s school and create consistency by enforcing the same expectations at home.
  • Encourage other parents and family members to take an active role in PBIS.
  • Share the PBIS successes from your family with your child’s PBIS leaders.
  • Check your school PBIS link to learn more about Parent Involvement activities in your child’s school and you can also find contact information.

Parent Resources


Click on Parent and Family Resources tab to access the following articles:

  • Parent Behavior Management
  • Parent Involvement
  • Parent Involvement Affects Behavior
  • Positive Solutions for Families: Eight practical tips for parents of young children with challenging behavior