Embedding Family Engagement Within Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 5,7
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. consider the benefits of embedding family engagement practices within school-wide systems of support.
  2. draw upon specific examples for modifying Tier 1 PBIS practices to engage families.
  3. deepen their understanding of the barriers and facilitators to family engagement in schools.
  4. identify the critical components of the family engagement through PBIS intervention.


Research demonstrates that family engagement is tied to positive outcomes for students. However, schools continue to experience challenges involving parents. Family engagement within positive behavioral supports (FE-PBIS) provides a structured approach for embedding engagement efforts within existing school-wide PBIS practices. This paper will present findings from a 2-year formative evaluation of the FE-PBIS intervention implemented in an elementary setting. Presenters will describe the implementation process, examine effects on school-wide student behavior outcomes, and discuss feasibility.



Katherine L. Lawlor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Stanley A. Garbacz, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Phoebe E. Jordan


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