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The Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) is a two and a half day annual conference that provides training for schools and districts for developing school-wide behavioral intervention plans. During this year’s conference, participants will have the option of choosing from four strands for PBIS implementation. Sessions will emphasize preventing school-wide challenging behaviors, teaching desired school-wide behaviors and routines and ensuring consistency among staff. At the completion of the conference, teachers will have plans and the materials necessary for the effective and efficient implementation.

There has been increasing national concern regarding bullying,1 which is broadly defined as intentional and repeated acts that occur through direct verbal, direct physical, and relational forms that typically happen when there is a power difference.2 The negative effects of bullying include academic, interpersonal, physical health, and mental health problems.38 Despite these growing concerns, there are relatively few school-based programs that have been shown to be effective at preventing bullying behaviors.9,10 Many states and schools have adopted zero-tolerance policies (eg, automatic expulsion) to address bullying; however, such policies have not been shown to be effective.11,12 An alternative to zero-tolerance policies is positive schoolwide prevention efforts that involve all school staff and are implemented across all school settings.5,6 Our study examines the extent to which one such widely used positively oriented universal behavioral prevention model called School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS)13 affects teachers’ reports of bullying and peer victimization using data from a randomized controlled effectiveness trial.