Response to Intervention and Positive Behavior Supports (RTI/PBS)

Response to Intervention and Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (RTI/PBIS)

The mission of the District 75 Office of RTI/PBIS is to help schools create and maintain a positive and supportive environment for students, staff and the school community. School climate has a significant effect on students’ academic achievement and behavior, and as such, our focus is to assist schools in developing systems and structures for teaching expected behaviors and social skills. Schools are trained by a team of PBIS Specialists to make decisions regarding academic and social/emotional skill development through a multi-tiered model of supports and rigorous analysis of intervention data.

The Office of PBS provides schools with an evidence-based framework and resources to help improve and support all aspects of instructional programming, utilizing a Response to Intervention/PBIS (RtI/PBIS) model (see

The framework subscribes to the following model of supports:

TIER 1:  School/Classroom wide systems for all students, staff and settings
TIER 2:  Specialized Group and students with at-risk behaviors
TIER 3:  Individualized for students with high-risk behaviors

Data-based decisions are then made by school-team members to provide specially-designed academic or behavioral interventions and ongoing progress monitoring. 

Support is provided in the following ways:

  • Providing DOE staff professional development in PBIS best practices.
  • Guiding school-based teams in building a prevention systems through a three-tiered model
  • Offering a 4-day Therapeutic Intervention Crisis for Schools (TCIS) training for school staff on techniques to help prevent and de-escalate crisis situations.
  • Providing a 6-day Life Space Crisis Intervention training for staff on therapeutic strategies for turning crisis into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of behavior.
Contact for TCI Trainings: Natasha Davidson (917) 256-4261
Contact for PBIS: Glazen Celerio (212) 802-1615