A total of 80 pre-school, elementary, middle and high school programs will be honored for their outstanding work with the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to improve the culture on campus for students and staff. The schools, which represent ten school districts from both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, will be honored with bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards during a ceremony on September 24 at Granite Hills High School in Apple Valley. The event will be hosted by the California Association of Health and Education Linked Professions (CAHELP). San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre and CAHELP CEO Jenae Holtz are expected to be present at the awards ceremony to congratulate each school and program for their statewide recognition. PBIS is a schoolwide discipline system for creating positive school environments through the use of proactive strategies that define, teach and reinforce appropriate behaviors. PBIS is based on the principles of applied behavior analysis and is a proactive approach to establishing supports that improve the social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success while also challenging behavior less effective, efficient and relevant. PBIS is also defined as the only approach addressing behavior that was mentioned in the 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. It has a three-tiered system of support designed to improve the daily school lifestyle of everyone on campus. Tier 1 consists of universal supports that are taught and reinforced with the whole student population; Tier 2 supports are designed for students that need further explanation and reinforcement of desired behaviors; and Tier 3 supports are provided at an individual level for students that need tailored instruction and reinforcement to meet their personal learning needs.